I’m reminded of this garden notion every March. Waiting for Asparagus, is a chapter in Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Her book takes us on a modern day journey of homesteading, and trying to live off the land. Her story begins in late March, when asparagus is the first crop to make an appearance. Kingsolver calls that time when we yearn for the first fresh produce of the year “Waiting for Asparagus.”
The old asparagus in my garden is now fairly few and far between because the Peonies have taken over. And so I am now “Waiting for Peonies”
Our shipment of David Austin (RIP) Bare Root Roses was scheduled to arrive the week of March 11th and we still had 3′ of snow! I was pretty sure I couldn’t ask them to postpone delivery, but they called and said they were a week behind in shipping! Hallelujah! We hadn’t even been able to get up to Madras to pick up our tote of organic soil to pot them either! It all worked out. Whew!
I met a really wonderful flower farmer from southern Washington, Kim with Little Island Flowers, and she pleaded with me for part of this years DA booty! She got a nice helping of plants along with my good friend Karen at Madras Garden Depot. And Duane and I are keeping around 20 plants to plant here at the farm. So if you are wanting to increase your own David Austin garden of roses, I suggest you get here pretty early! Only 17 of these babies to sell to you all!
Shipping cost was a killer this year! och! So they are not cheap. But if you have been lucky enough to get some of our DA roses in the past, and you took reasonable care and followed our advice, you should have been rewarded with some breath taking blooms! And they aren’t even mature until they are around 3 years old! LOOK OUT LORRETTA!
They are potted and pruned and spending quality time getting use to Spring in Central Oregon in our unheated garden room and should be ready for sale just before Mother’s Day! Don’t miss out!