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This is my second year gardening. I am addicted and can hardly think of anything else during the spring and summer.

We have a small city garden with lots of roses (at least for the size of the garden) mixed with herbs and perennials including:
clematis, hosta, lavendar (provence, english, dainty lady), mint (chocolate, pineapple, spearmint, orange), forget me nots, abutilon (Souvenir de Bonn), princess flower, bog sage, dahlias, gaura, fuschia, lilies, tulips, peony, chives, heuchera amthyst mist, palace purple), hydrangea, astrantia (variegated, Lars), lilac, camelias .

The roses we have are:
Pat Austin, Sombreuil, Symphony, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Full Sail, Glamis Castle, and Jude the Obscure, Souvenir de la Malmaison or Heritage? (may have been mislabeled)

The clematis we have are:
Mrs. Cholmondelay, Blekitny Aniol, Nelly Moser, Purpurea Plena Elegans, Duchess of Edinburgh, Etoile Violette.

These are some of our hostas:
Albo Marginata, Regal Splendor, Big Daddy, Guacamole, Sagae, Fragrant Bouquet, Halcyon, Winfield Blue

The hostas and roses are starting to look good, but the Clematis don't look so good yet.

We have a small vegetable area where we get tomatoes and squash and several herbs. I have a Fuji apple tree that has it's first fruits. We have lots of strawberries. But we have lots of fruiting plants that haven't made fruit yet including a fig tree in a pot, kiwi, akebia quinata, meyer lemon.

We have a giant tree dahlia that is pretty special in November. It got over 20 feet tall and had tons of lilac colored flowers last year.

Other miscellaneous information about our garden:
I just planted a rhododendron Colonel Coen.
I am starting to like poppies.
We have a garden arch that is startting to fill in with Sombreuil and Clematis.
There is a border that I am trying to plant with red, purple, coral and pink color scheme, but is unsatisfying because things don't want to grow there, I think because it is under a tree and not getting as much sun as I thought originally.
I do worm composting and make compost tea from worm castings.
I try to be organic as much as possible but sometimes break the rules.
There is a brugmansia that blooms and gets slightly bigger each year, but has sickly yellow leaves all the time.
We have stray cats that keep eating our strawberries when they start to ripen.

I like orchids too especially Miltonia and Cattleya.

I live in: United States

My zone is: z10 CA

My favorite forum 1 is Roses.

My favorite forum 2 is Rose Gallery.

First registered on March 29, 2002 .