Before we know it, spring will be here! As I write this it is pouring rain outside and after a bout of snow. I was not hit with layers of ice as many in the Portland metro area were, but we did have many inches of snow. I was lucky enough to have just over 9” in my backyard and did not lose any tree limbs! If you were unlucky enough to lose rose bushes, make sure to look for our Portland Area Rose Finder to help you select new bushes.
Although it might not look like it, the time has come to go out into my garden and start preparing for spring, summer and fall blooms. Last summer, I moved from a condo to a house with a yard. At the condo, I was able to fit three roses in pots before I ran out of space. However, my current house will allow me to take over half of the front yard with roses. Unfortunately, the soil is very sandy, (as demonstrated and discussed by the neighbors), the current lawn is filled with weeds, and irrigation will need to be thought out. I am not one to shy away from a challenge though, so my weekends will soon be filled with heavy-duty rototillers, new soil, shovels, mulch, and other garden prepping tools. It will take hard work, and probably include bribing family members, but I look forward to my new section of rose garden.
I hope you all have something to look forward to. Whether it is rose related or not, it is always nice to look forward to another spring.
Gàirnealaireachd sona! Emily (Oh, our multilingual president!)