Monday, June 2, 2008


One of the discoveries in the garden was a number of old roses hidden in odd corners of the property. Several were along the property line between the old Davis farmstead and ours. Given how overshadowed they were by laurel and ivy, they must have been there for at least several decades, possibly as far back as the original owners. The rose in the photograph is in the southeast corner of the property, hanging on in the shade of overgrown laurel hedge. Several others were found along this fence line in yet deeper shade. One of my goals is to bring the laurel hedge under control by pruning it into layered, pollared, small trees that will provide dappled shade rather than deep shade.

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