Friday, April 16, 2010

Fertilizer Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Brown

Its Friday! So it is time to fertilize your flowers, and head on over to Tootsie's place to flaunt them for Fertilizer Friday!

Today for Fertilizer Friday we are going to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Brown. If you are a regular here, then you know all about The Brown's. They are like my grandparents. They are my 80 year old garden guru's! I often refer to them as my as "Garden Bible". They know their stuff when it comes to plants!

My mom, picked this sign up at the local Goodwill for The Brown's. It was perfect for them. They have so many heirloom roses! They have picked most of them up from old homeplaces, cemeteries, and even on the sides of the roads. If they see a rose they want, Mr. Brown takes a cutting and brings it home to root it. Mrs. Brown will tell you that he can root anything, and that if he sits down long enough his rear end will take root! She is probably right! I have seen him root plants that supposedly cannot be rooted.

They have lived in their home for 50 years, and to me, it is a magical place!

It is full of oaks that are close to 100 years old, and some that are older.

All of the stone and the wood for the fence came from their "weekend" home up in the country.

They have a lot of azaleas, and in all of my time visiting them, I had never been there while the azaleas were in bloom! I missed them when they were at their peak a week or so ago, but better late then never!

They have such a wonderful color palette of azaleas. Colors I had never seen before, even though I live in the "Azalea City".

Mrs. Brown loves stuff! She can take anything and make into to something spectacular. I see alot of myself in her, and I am pretty sure that she is the 80 year old version of me! LOL! She used an old satellite dish for the top of that gazebo!

This is one of my favorite things she found! Old mosaic covered picnic table tops! She paid around $8 each for them and used them for a walkway! How cute is that! Of course I am on a never ending mission to find some for myself now! I have found some....just not for $8!

I am not sure how many rose bushes they have. If I had to guess I would say well over 50. It is amazing to see! Mr. Brown rooted nearly 75% of them! He has rooted me several as well. I actually have three there now, that are waiting to go to my house. Only Mrs. Brown won't let me take them until the Fall, in fear that they won't survive this late with it being so hot. I do what they say and don't ask questions!

This rose was quite interesting! Each bloom is white with a drop of red on the petals, and only on one spot!

This is what I really want! A urinal!!! LOL!!!! I love this urinal! I want it in my yard so I can fill it with flowers! Mrs. Brown generally has it filled up with water, and the frogs make it their home.

I caught Mr. Brown in the act, and doing what he does best! Rooting!

He has pots everywhere of plants he is rooting! Two years ago I gave them a cutting off of my white Justicia. Mine ended up dying, and didn't come back in the Spring. Mr. Brown ended up rooting my cutting and getting nearly 8 plants out of that one cutting! Yesterday I picked up my white Justicia that he had rooted for me, and it is nearly 2 feet tall already! He has taken many more cuttings off of it, and it getting us some more. He is magic when it comes to that!

I just think the world of them, and they are so special to me! I would love to write a book on them, and soak up all they know! They are always giving me great advice on gardening and in general!


Becca's Dirt said...

They have such a fine place. One that you could get lost in or just pull up a chair and enjoy. So many gorgeous roses.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What amazing gardens they have. It looks like one that people pay to go on tours of. I love all of her uses for things she's found, the tabletops are awesome!
I'd be over there all the time getting advice too. How lucky that you know them!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

There garden is truly a magical place! So alive and intriguing, love all the paths and want to see more, just around that turn!LOL
You are very lucky to have them in your life as they are you. Mr Brown certainly has the "touch". My Grandmother could root anything too. Loved your post.
Have a great weekend!

Phillip said...


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

This is such a fantastic garden.
I used to live in the city next door to a wonderful older gardener. She gave me a sprig of Southernwood (Boy's Love) for my wedding bouquet; her husband rooted it for me; and 25 years & 3 houses later, I still have (now) 2 bushes of the most fragrant Southernwood.

Blessings to the older gardeners who have inspired us to continue.

Maureen said...

You are one lucky girl! Their garden does look like a magical place and I would so love to know them. I laughed when I saw the part about her butt taking root. They seem like quite the pair.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Wow DP what a beautiful garden they have.It is so well established and full of color.I was drooling all over the place as I kept going down through your posting.LOL! How does he root those small rose cuttings. I can never gt them started so maybe I taking too large around of stems. I will have to try that now you just know it.
Isn't that rose with the red spot something? I love that. So many beautiful roses and azaleas. Your pictures are so great DP.
Getting good with that camera girl. LOL!

Christine B. said...

You are fortunate in your mentors...I would be happy with one measly neighbor that gardened! Their yard must be on the garden tour pretty often, if not, it should be. Very creative, clever use of salvaged items.

Christine in Alaska

Crafty Gardener said...

What very special people to know. And what a treat to visit their garden. Lovely photos.

Bernie said...

What a magnificent garden ... the azaleas are simply stunning and those ceramic picnic table tops used for a walkway are beautiful.

Thanks so much for allowing me have a quick squiz into so many gorgeous corners of this garden. Your photos really show just how terrific it is.

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed seeing their gardens. I wonder what Mr. Brown's trick is for rooting.

Jennifer said...

Ok, the Browns are my new grandparents now! I already have a thing for repurposing junk and rooting roses myself. Thanks for posting all the pics, especially the roses. They have achieved "Tasha Tudor" status with me!

Dirt Princess said...

Becca it is such a beautiful place! Nice to just sit in the shade and enjoy a glass of lemonade!

Catherine their garden was on our garden tour last May. They are so wonderful! I wish I could take all of ya'll there to meet them!

Phillip thank you

Dragonfly Garden, you would love it! I think any gardener would love it, because they appreciate the hard work that it took to get it to that point.

Sandy what a wonderful story! That is so special! I think that the the "old" gardeners know more through trial and error than any book could ever teach us!

Maureen they amaze me! They have been married over 60 years, and it obvious that they still love each other like teenagers! They have so much to teach!

Hocking Hills, between Mr.Brown and my mom, I have learned to root. Not all of mine make it, but all of his do! LOL!

Christine, I have been blessed. Both neighbors garden, and I all of my wonderful Garden Club friends do (of course), and many other friends such as these.

Crafty Gardener, thanks

Bernie I am glad you enjoyed it! Good to know that I am not the only one who loves that picnic top pavers!

Rosie, he has talked me through it. Not to hard actually.

Jennifer, I almost fell out when I got your comment! Mrs. Brown LOOOOVES Tasha Tudor. I had to think back and see if I mentioned that in the post. She has all of her books, and we are always talking about her. How funny!

Tootsie said...

Oh APRIL!!! I am absolutely going to get my passport now...I want to come and see you and darla and tour your gardens...but this one is on the list of must sees!!! what a gorgeous place!!!
I love the use of stuff...the gazebo is amazing!!!
thank you so much for sharing your special friends with us...and for linking in...they truely are amazing!

Darla said...

It is so neat to know people like the DP. What beautiful gardens they have.

Kim and Victoria said...

First off, I love your new header.

How lucky for you to live next door to such great gardeners and with such a wonderful garden! The Brown's garden is just stunning.

Nezzy said...

WoW! Mrs. Brown you've got a lovely garden!!! It's just stunning!

Have a beautifully blessed day!!!

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