Roses, weeds or plants?

Someone mentioned to me the other day that roses are so hardy and survive under the harshest of treatments that they could almost be a weed. And I have to agree. Bushes buried completely under a mass of other plants and not even visible five weeks ago, are now flourishing, and even providing cut flowers for indoors. Their ability to survive with complete neglect, and then bounce back in such a short time when showed some TLC for such a short time is astounding.

Blushing Icebergs from newly planted bushes.

Blushing Icebergs from newly planted bushes.

A mixed bunch, many from some bushes that were looking dismal only 5 weeks ago.

A mixed bunch, many from some bushes that were looking dismal only 5 weeks ago.

Alice, Paul and dogs (Mavis and Betty) came down and stayed Saturday night. The dogs were delighted frolicking on the beach, and Paul and Alice impressed with the lifestyle options we have being in such close proximity to a such a wonderful walking beach. It’s been inspirational I believe, and their own dreams of a little bit of paradise for themselves on the Swan River in Perth has fired up. Very expensive real estate, but with a bit of a stretch they could no doubt manage it, but it would throw them out of their comfort zone for a while. I would say, ‘go for it’, but they’re not as impulsive as I am. So, time will tell…..

House warming gift adding to the 'seaside' ambience.

House warming gift adding to the ‘seaside’ ambience.

The herb garden has been planted, and all the cuttings and plants Alice brought down have now found their way either into the ground, or have been planted into small pots to get started. Half of the Lilly Pillie hedge has been planted. The other half needs some more work before we can get that going – later this week.

Herbs and radish seeds planted.

Herbs and radish seeds planted.

Plumbago garden - still so small it's hidden behind bird bath with newly planted agapanthus.

Plumbago garden – still so small it’s hidden behind bird bath with newly planted agapanthus.

Now it’s all just awaiting mulch, and time to grow.

One of three frangipani cuttings now planted.

One of three frangipani cuttings now planted.

The sun’s shining today, and it’s warm and bright. A beach walk, and possibly even a swim is definitely on the agenda after lunch. And we don’t even have to get into the car – what a pleasure!