Nothing Is Coming Up Roses

On walk through the blocks surrounding the Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood this week, I asked Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle if she would like to stray just a few houses from our usual route to see if the folks who give us a wonderful display of color every summer are making any progress yet.

The dog was easily led.

Hover over either gallery photo for a description. Click on either for an enlarged slide show.

Nope. Not much happening in this expanded side yard. Yet.

There was some green already poking up, yes. But I did not see any of the rose plants that provide the highlight of these grounds come, oh, May through October. And that makes me wonder what exactly this green-thumbed gardener does during winter.

We’ll come back later to check it out.

Do you have any guesses about this gardener’s strategies? What would you put in this plot of land, and why? When do you expect color bursts where you live?

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22 thoughts on “Nothing Is Coming Up Roses

  1. Hey, if we’re seeing green rather than white, we’re happy here in central New York, aren’t we? We had a few crocuses earlier this month, then the lawn was completely covered with snow again. Yesterday I saw the greenery of some irises of mine. Yay! Come on, spring!

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  2. You’re lucky you can see the ground – it is still white here Mark. The grass in your pictures looks very green – the roses can’t be far behind. 🙂

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  3. The day my daughter took possession of her new home, we ran right over after closing to check it out. This was just a week ago. There were pink hyacinths growing in front of her living room window. But then it snowed again. I haven’t been over to see whether the poor hyacinths survived.

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      • I haven’t been reading or commenting much on anyone’s posts recently. What with one kid’s broken wrist, another kid’s new home purchase, and my looking for a new house (and planning for upcoming blogger visits), I just haven’t been around as much. Having said that, I can’t say that I’ve seen posts of yours pop up in my reader, other than the ones you’ve been doing for Mark on Sundays. (Was there one today? I didn’t see one.).. Which reminds me that I need to update my “Paul Curran” page so people know to go over to Mark’s site. Once things have settled down a bit, I’ll be back to driving everyone crazy as usual. Sorry to have made you feel sad – but really, Paul, you’re doing just fine without me. Your readership is way higher than mine ever was! You’re doing great, and everyone (including me) looks forward to your stories.

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  4. It’s not safe for much here yet. The bulbs are up, but it snowed on Friday, so I won’t put any pansies or anything out yet. Growing seedlings indoors for now.
    Much of our grass stayed green all winter. It was a strange winter.

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