Gryffyn's Garden

a blog about my gardening attempts

   Mar 11

Upgrading the Crape Myrtle Beds and a Berry Bucket

We finally got around to tackling the bed with the single crape myrtle, and a bunch of other mess within it. Here is the “beginning” photo from almost a year ago:

overgrown crape myrtle bed along the driveway

overgrown crape myrtle bed along the driveway

We got all the unwanted fauna removed, added some garden soil and humus and tilled it in. We then planted a “La Marne” variety of Earthkind rose on either side of the crape myrtle. I chose the Earthkind rose since they are supposed to be pretty darned hearty – and it’s going to need to be hearty to survive my current gardening abilities (or lack of them).

crape myrtle bed with Earthkind roses

the crape myrtle bed with Earthkind roses after its overhaul

La Marne Earthkind rose

one of the La Marne Earthkind rose bushes

We had also cleaned up the bed out front with the two crape myrtles and I had found another rose bush for it – a “Rouge Royale” tea rose hybrid. The photo of the blooms on its identifying tag was intriguing so I was hoping that it would do well here as well.

newly transplanted Rouge Royale rose bush

newly transplanted Rouge Royale rose bush

I also set up a large container with a blackberry bush and several strawberry plants. Makes my mouth water just thinking about the possibilities to come in a couple months. Mmmmmm…berries.

blackberries and strawberries in a large container

blackberries and strawberries in a large container

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