Garden Routes Home: An entry from my garden journal



CAPTION: My wife’s clematis vines love to snuggle up against the side yard fence.  (All photos by Joe Barkovich)

By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large

Garden Journal, Friday, June 27Image

CAPTION: This photo, above, was taken May 29, 2014. The photo below was taken Friday morning, June 27, the same side yard garden.


It’s amazing to see how the garden changes over a relatively short period of time.

My photos help keep a record of what goes on in the garden spaces we cultivate.

I’m providing two photos that show the difference over a period of about four weeks.


Today, this side yard rose garden is nearing the end of its first bloom period. It peaked on the weekend just gone by. Today there is much deadheading to be done, in addition to maintenance like weeding and, later in the day when it is cooler, giving the bushes a scheduled spraying.

I’ve planted one new bush this summer, a City of Welland rose. It is in a spot previously occupied by one of my favourites, Pristine. Pristine did not survive the harsh winter much to my disappointment and dismay. Ahead, I may purchase a miniature or two, but that is still up in the air for the time being. So a decision is to be made.

One of the photos selected for use on today’s page is a rose I transplanted here several years ago. It is 60+ years old, according to the owner of the home from where it came, mother-in-law Eleanore Laquerre, who remembers that it was planted by her father. She does not know the name of the rose.


CAPTION: This rose bush is more than 60 years old.

 I’ve accumulated garden statuary over the years. Provided below is one of my favourites, St. Francis amongst some roses. I’ll say goodbye and sign off on this journal entry  with a photo of the charming Jude the Obscure, bottom of page. 



Purple Coneflower: One of the joys in gardens and roadside plantings from mid to late summer.  It is also known as Echinacea purpurea and is a favourite of Monarch butterflies because of its nectar. Rather than use a file photo of purple coneflower, look for one from this year’s garden in the weeks ahead.


“Laws of Gardening:

  1.  Other people’s tools work only in other people’s gardens;
  2. Fancy gismos don’t work;
  3. If nobody uses it, there’s a reason;
  4. You get the most of what you need the least.”  –     Arthur Bloch, from A Gardener’s Bouquet of Quotations.

Sunset today, Friday, June 27: 8:55 p.m.

Sunrise tomorrow, Saturday, June 28: 5:16 a.m.

Next Garden Routes Home: Friday, July 11


(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)


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