Roses!

Roses!

Oh my holy crap, guys. The baby-rose that some sort of critter helpfully planted in my front flower bed is COVERED in buds. I am thrilled! I was starting to worry that it would be 3 or more years before that guy got flowers. Last year I first saw it while doing my spring weeding, it was about 4 inches tall and since it was growing so nicely in a nicely vacant place in the flower bed I left it be. The little bugger shot up and by the end of July I had to rig up a little trellis for it. I'd say it got to be 4-5 feet tall it's first year. I wasn't expecting any flowers on it last year seeing as it was only a baby, and I got exactly what I expected. This year I wondered what the flowers might look like. I have no idea who it's parents are though I've got a suspicion that one of it's parents is the beautiful red climbing rose that's over by the drive way. Anyway I'd done some looking into websites that involved propagting roses from seed and most of what I'd found was that it would take 3-5 years for a plant to reach maturity. Apparently this little guy didn't read the same things that I did because every 6-8 inches on each of his numerous shoots are clusters of 3 buds. I keep checking every day to see if they're bigger and/or they've got any color peeking through. They're still tiny, about 1/4-1/2 inch diameter, but it can't be too much longer! I would totally post pictures of this guy except I killed my digital camera by dropping it in the sand by the river. :-( I've got an old school roll of film though and am working my way through it, I've only got 8 more pictures to take until I can go get it developed, pictures then! I promise!
A gathering of plants

A gathering of plants

The Natives are restless!

The Natives are restless!

What in the world is growing in my garden?

What in the world is growing in my garden?

whats wrong with this plant

whats wrong with this plant

My Painted Forest

My Painted Forest

Some quick tips

Some quick tips