My Garden

Good day everyone. I don’t have a lot of followers or views but I still am grateful to all of you, I have meet some wonderful people who have shared my peck along blog.

My garden is doing well, have just one small bed, so thought I should show everyone some photos and tips.

These are my Creoles a tomato I am trying their year. They are still small but have some blooms already. I am mulching around them to keep the weeds in check. A tip I got from the LSU representative. I hope to keep water in as well. Here is a link to LSUA.

Here are some photos I took of my berries. So loaded this year. I don’t have the mulch spread as around them yet. I am using dried weeds and grass clipping from my lawn maintenance.

This is a photo of what was suppose to be my climbing Peace rose. I due known what happen as you can see it is not a Peace rose,but the bees love it so it stays. Here is a link to wild rose that I believe this rose is.

My beautiful Lady Banks, purple. So happy with them this year.

Photo of a rose I am trying to save looks more like the Peace rose.

And my last photo is of my tiger lilies. My favorite of the lilies. Here is a good link for information on them.

Thanks again.

All photos by Karen Smith


The Peace Rose

I am trying to grow a climbing peace rose in my garden.  The main plant has died years ago but before it died a branch had broken off and I planted it.  I was so glad I did as it has been growing steadily every year.  The rose got it name in 1944 one month after the liberation of France from the Pacific Rose Society as a request from it’s developer Papa Meilland.  During the war he had sent cuttings to several countries and only Italy, Germany, and the United States received the cuttings.  The Italian gardener were so impressed by the rose that they called it Giola meaning joy and the German gardeners called it Gloria Dei or the Glory of God.  The Americans like Peace and chose it in honor of the rose developer.

Papa Meilland produced the rose which was called 3-35-40.  He would later call the rose after his mother Madame A. Meilland whom he had called Claudia in the letters he had written to her during World War I.


I have not seen my rose bloom yet as the branch though mature enough to plant was a small one. Roses are great for cuttings and do best with a year old branch.  My daughter and I have grown many by cuttings.

Anyway, here is a shot if it in my garden along with some of the raspberries and what I think is a muskadine grape.

Climbing Peace Rose


Here is a photo of my wild rose.  It is growing on the corner of my home up front.  I had the main rose in a pot but someone had spread it with a weed killer and it died.  A few days before it happened a branch had broken off.  Well I was going to throw it away but I thought no I’ll just stick it in the ground.  Well I did and forgot about it when my other died, a rose Collin had wanted me to grow,  I was very mad but then I looked and the little branch was growing strong and well now taking over.  Oops.

Remember roses can be started by taking a well developed branch that is not to old or to young and sticking into some soil.  So if you want another rose just take your own cuttings and grow yourself one.  I cannot wait now for this climbing peace rose to bloom.