Our House is a very fine house-with inspiration from Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

Gertrude Jekyll  Roses with Lavender


I don’t know how people blog every day, much less once a month.  My last entry was in May and the campaign season was starting.  The ballots have been mailed and Steve and I returned ours in the mail yesterday.  Voting has gotten easier and more open in the state of Washington.  People can vote that were jailed or imprisoned as long as they aren’t on parole.  I don’t know if the restoration of voting rights is shared or how easy it is to register now, something to share in the spring.  I did 3 canvases for political candidates, invited people to my home to meet a local candidate, got yard signs for a candidate,  invited neighbors to attend a town hall meeting to hear a candidate speak, and attended 2 political fundraisers.  I also attend two meetings of the Regional Board of Health and several City Council Meetings.  It was the spring and summer of political activism.

I started attending garden club and Master Gardener programs and learned about rose species and gardening in my environment.  We had to remove 4 quaking aspen from a flower bed.  I didn’t know that they were fragile trees and needed much more water than the lawn. I learned how to support hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators by increasing flowering plants in my yard.  I loved watching the hummingbirds and bees hovering over the flowers.

I planted 3 rhododendrons, 2 azaleas, 2 hydrangeas, 1 butterfly bush, 3 sage species (salvias) that have blue blooms, 3 peony plants, 5 Asian Lily bulbs, and 2 day lily plants.  I also planted multiple roses. I didn’t realize that the peonies and roses take a few years to be established.  I have a Gertrude Jekyll which is a huge climber with pink roses.  I have multiple pink shrub roses-2 Savannah, 1 Jubilee, and one the name escapes me.  I planted a red and white shrub rose and a red climber.  They are doing so well with fertilizing and lots of water. I filled in with marigolds, nasturtiums, dahlias, gladioli, asters, petunias and geraniums.  I saved bulbs and seeds so I will have lots seeds to try next year. I will buy an additional 2 roses in the spring and dream of a true English garden in a few years.





About Sherri Robinson

Enjoying time with my wonderful husband after my two amazing daughters have left on adventures in New York and Seattle, avid reader, exploring the world, sharing time with friends near and far, living my Christian faith.
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