Welcome to mashamcl's Member Page
I have always loved to garden, but with five moves over the last ten years (interstate as well as across the globe) I haven’t had a garden in one place for long. We bought our present house in the foothills of Santa Cruz Mountains three years ago, and I hope we’ll stay awhile. I grow about 100 roses (some seedlings), as well as camellias, azaleas, rhododendrons, daphne, gardenia, viburnums, Japanese maples, almost all varieties of loropetalum, citrus, apple, apricot and pluot trees, grapes, blueberries, strawberries and some perennials, vegetables and herbs. As I am writing this, I can’t believe it all actually fits (tightly) into a smallish suburban lot with enough lawn left for two young energetic boys to run around. My biggest challenges are neglected soil (hard unamended clay with enough rocks to build another house), severe root competition from a 40-foot tall ash, six fruitless mulberries, a live oak, and a few greedy privets, and soil alkalinity (and a personal preference for acid-loving plants). I have always admired formal French gardens, a few of which I have seen in my travels, but in my own yard I have created an informal cottage-style garden (no clipped hedges or sculpted needled evergreens for me!) where a gardener’s work does not immediately show and flowers intermingle freely and spill over retaining walls. My rose list is on HMF, and my member name there is mashamcl.
I live in: US
First registered on July 21,2008.