I think I must have complained too early about spring not coming quickly enough. We ended up having great weather the past few days. There was sun and blue skies, even if it did barely make 50 degrees. I enjoyed getting my roses pruned, and they have lots of new growth showing. I don't have too many roses right now, mostly because I have little kids that like to play in the flower beds.
One of my favorites has been 'Angel Face'. It has very pretty lavender flowers, almost with a hint of blue, and has a very nice scent, it's classified as a floribunda (1968). Another great one that never fails is 'Iceberg' with its snow white flowers, also a floribunda (1958). Both of these also can be found as climbers. Honey Perfume is a newer one in my garden, it's another floribunda (2004). It has apricot/yellow flowers and is supposed to be quite disease resistant. I have only had a few blooms on it, and they do have a nice scent although not all that strong.
Another big accomplishment was finally getting rid of the plum tree that had become an eyesore. It was right next to our driveway and made such a mess. The plums cracked every year and no one ever got to enjoy them. It also became infested with aphids which attracted ants and yellow jackets, not to mention all the suckers it sent up everywhere. I worked hard to surprise my husband and managed to cut the tree down and dig out the rootball to make room for our newest addition.
I've always wanted a magnolia tree and we found a really nice one over the weekend. It didn't hurt that the nursery was having a 30 percent off balled and burlapped trees. The variety we chose is called 'Vulcan' and is a newer cultivar and no, we are not into Star Trek. This magnolia should reach about 25 feet. The flowers are wine colored and 10+ inches across and highly fragrant. I think the magnolia flower buds alone are very pretty.
I hope it lives up to its description. Either way it should be much nicer than what was there. While I was out I cleaned up the flower bed it was planted in. My husband brought me many bags of soil and compost to fill in where the stump and roots were.
In front of this bed, to the right in this picture, is a row of spirea 'Magic Carpet'. They stay small and have golden yellow leaves with a bit of red at the edges. The flowers are a reddish pink. I think I will plant annuals around the tree while it's small or until I decide what I'd like to have there.
I love getting started on the spring cleanup early. I hope we'll have some more mild weather so I can continue my work. There's more weeding to be done!