What’s Blooming Wednesday #42 – Deb’s Garden

Remember my friend Deb who gave me the Recipe for Tomato Plant Pots?

Tomato Plant Pots

Yes, my plants have more than doubled in size…and they have blooms.  Tomatoes should be here soon.  🙂

Tomato Plant Blooms

But, that’s not all that important today.  What I really want to show you is Deb’s garden plot.  Or, I should rather say plots.

Garden Plots

These garden areas are behind they’re back yard.

Garden Plots

They don’t have every plot planted yet, but there are lots of things growing…bush beans, cucumbers, corn, and tomatoes.  Huge tomato plants!

Garden Plots

Look how tall and healthy…with blooms, too.

Tomato Plants

This year, she had some raised beds built, so instead of the 5-gallon buckets, she has many tomato plants in the ground.  Year before last, I believe, they had every plot planted with vegetables – plus a few rows of flowers.

In this spot, they have peppers planted.


Okra, bush beans.  (Not sure which ones these are, but I love those straight rows of green shooting up!)

Garden Plots

She reserves a section for her colorful Zinnias.  Remember when she surprised me with the beautiful Sunflowers and Zinnias that summer two years ago?  I showed you her beautiful blooms of kindness in my What’s Blooming Wednesday post that week.  Deb knew how badly I needed those flowers!  It was a low time in my life, and she was there to pick me up with her beautiful flowers.

Deb's Flowers

Now, doesn’t that make you want to grow a flower garden?  So you can cheer up your friends?  I do, too!

I love this view of the Muscadine grape vines in front of their barn.  I can just taste the Muscadine Grape Juice – fresh from the garden!

Muscadine Grape Vines

The inside of their barn is to-die-for!

Deb and her husband spend a lot of time in the kitchen together putting up vegetables…and grapes.  Thoughts of Muscadine Cobbler a la mode have me drooling!

Muscadine Grape Vines

They’ll get a load of grapes from these vines, for sure!

Muscadine Grape Vines

Their horses in the pasture always get my attention.


When they came closer, I noticed an electric fence inside the barbed wire.  I couldn’t reach them to pet them, but I didn’t want them to get shocked, either.

Back up front beside the house, Deb has mini roses planted behind her Roguchi Clematis.  We both bought these two plants at our favorite garden place several years ago.

Tea Roses

I planted my red mini roses in a large pot.  It was gorgeous for a couple of years, but it eventually got too sickly to be pretty. I replaced it with a non-rose plant.

I’m not good with roses.  They get bugs and diseases in my yard.  (Could be lack of proper care!)  Not so with Deb’s roses.  She’s more dedicated than I am.

Yellow Roses

I get tired of all that spraying and TLC they require.  But, Deb keeps her roses looking beautiful.  Knock-outs are all I grow…because they’re pretty much maintenance-free.

Red Roses

There are more flowers in Deb’s yard I could show you.   I’ll be visiting again to check the progress of the garden, so maybe I can sneak a peek at the back yard blooms soon.

Do you have roses in your yard?  What’s your secret to keeping yours healthy and disease-free?


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  1. Libba says

    Love this. I agree with you that roses are beautiful but too hard to deal with.

    • says

      Yes…something about being surrounded by cropland. All the spraying on the fields sends everything our way, maybe because it’s a little spot that’s not protected from bugs and diseases(?).

  2. teresa says

    Wow! That’s beautiful and a LOT of food. They probably only need to buy their staples.
    Deb, you are just not growing the correct variety of roses. “Grocer store minis” are generally used as disposable plants and are subject to many diseases as are hybrid teas. There a re tons of beautiful FRAGRANT, floriforous roses that hardly need any maintenance in your zone. It makes me sad that HTeas have led to the opinion that roses are divas requiring constant intervention. 🙁 I’d be glad to suggest some lovely polyanthas that would be a similar size to the minis.
    P.S. Thanks for the tomato link. Mine are still in small pots. I think I’ll try this method this year.

    • says

      Thanks, Teresa. Deb doesn’t have a problem with roses. I do! 🙂 The tiny rose bush is from a garden center that had a full-grown one to see (even larger than Deb’s), and we loved it! I’d love to say to give me suggestions, but honestly, I’m over adding new things. At this point, I’m only maintaining what I have. I’ll show some more from Deb’s house later. She has lots of pretty roses in her back yard and many established plantings. It’s beautiful! Thanks again for your offer, and feel free to chime in with suggestions for other readers who might need to know them.

  3. teresa says

    That’s what happens when I type in a rush! I thoroughly understand focusing on maintenance for some things so one can focus on one’s true passion!

    • says

      Thank you. I might be interested in fragrant (and very low maintenance) rose bushes for large pots. Can you offer a suggestion? 🙂

  4. says

    Kim, I am so sorry I have gotten behind on your posts, but I am at the beach with Butch on business! Deb’s garden and property is just beautiful. All of her vegetables look so healthy and thriving! Do they really make muscadine juice, that sounds wonderful…I can come over for the muscadine cobbler, just let me know!
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    • says

      Don’t worry about being behind. I understand completely, and you have been very busy lately! I made real grape juice several years ago (like Concord grapes), so I adapted the recipe to use Muskadine grapes. I loved it! Here’s the link if you want to see how EASY it is: http://curtainqueencreates.com/muscadine-grape-juice-canning-recipe/. And then came the cobbler recipe…. When the Muscadines come in, I’ll let you know when to visit for some cobbler. 🙂