She was right about that on April 15th. But wrong on June 15th.
This is another one of my saved plants. When we were removing rubbish and rocks from the entry garden we just dumped it over the side of the driveway. Pretty soon it was quite a pile stretching the length of the driveway. A Retama (Jerusalem thorn) tree started to grow. By the time it came to clean up a few years later there was no way I was going to let it go. D removed all the debris from around the tree and built a dry stack wall. This tree just grows in rubbish.
It has a pretty flower, and vicious spines along the branches. Under the stress of cold weather it will lose its leaves and photosynthesize through its green trunk and branches.
Meanwhile inside the walls, in the English garden. This photo shows the birdbath circle shortly after I planted it with three new roses of the variety Knockout last July. They were planted as a memorial to a much loved mother and a great friend. Both were Lancashire lasses and the red rose being the rose of the house of Lancaster seemed appropriate.
I was warned by someone that I need to cut them back without fear as they will grow quite large so I took the pruners to them the other day. What I noticed was below every hip there is a new shoot. It's not surprising that they bloom with such vigor.