Pat's rose garden was created to avoid work, she admits.
"We did not have someone doing the outside work at the church, and I started out just mowing. I thought I wouldn't have to mow so much if I planted some flowers.
"We put the four roses up, then we had winter pansies, and at Pentecost, we put in red geraniums."
I know there are lots of beautiful church gardens out there just waiting to be shared. So I'm asking for your help.
Please take photos of the gardens around your churches and send them to me at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com, or mail them to me at 1001 Virginia St. E, Charleston, WV 25301. Space and time permitting, we'll try to run some of the photos to show others the fruits of your hard work!
Rose Society meeting
The Charleston Rose Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1600 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Dick Hanlon will discuss Old Garden Roses. Guests are welcome.
Add to your salsa garden
The salsa garden -- tomato, pepper, onion and cilantro -- is easy to grow in a small space, so why not kick it up a notch this year and toss in something new? Add tomatillos.
Many think tomatillos are like little tomatoes, but they're actually a different fruit altogether. Covered with a papery husk, these little green spheres are great in salsa, guacamole and other Latin American dishes. They're easy to grow, too. They like full sun to part shade, grow 2 1/2 to 5 feet tall, and benefit from a dose of liquid fertilizer a couple of times during the growing season.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.