Sunday, February 7, 2016

More Rose photos

Good morning Folks ~ It is chilly here in s.e. FL. At 7:18 a.m. EST, it is 52 and feels like it is 44.  I've not been outside yet, but it's wet, windy and more rain is expected as a big load of it is headed this way according to Doppler weather from AccuWeather.  It is cozy here in Plum Cottage and I am thankful for this new day.

Yesterday I walked the property, to see just how many roses I have growing here. I counted 40, 21 of them have a name, the rest are unknown, came without tags. I have some repeats too. When I got to the back of the property by the small shed, I kept smelling this wonderful rose aroma and finally figured out where it was mostly coming from and that is from one of my 'rare' roses from Connie at Hartwood Roses, Ruth's Wavy Leafed white rose. Oh my, I was almost in heaven. Also scenting the air was Crepuscule and Rose de Rescht.

Below are photos taken on the 5th.
The first 4 pics are of 'Crepuscule'.

This is either Borderer or Homere, I don't remember which.

This is 'Rose de Rescht' given to me by Deb & Charlie. The scent is oh so wonderful.

This is an unknown miniature.

This is another unknown, not much of a scent but still beautiful.

Another unknown, this might be a 'Knock out' but I don't really know.

The day after I ordered my 4 new roses, for V-day and my B-day, I got an email saying Rose Petal's nursery was having a 20% off on their Bermuda roses. I 'had' to go back and look at that section of roses and ended up ordering 4 more, counting them as anniversary (our 47th would have been this Sept.) and Christmas. :-)

I ordered these 4 below. Photos from the website.

Starting at top left.

Bermuda's Kathleen, Carnation, Winecup and Miss Atwood. 
The description says three are fragrant, the other one, Winecup doesn't say, but I loved the flowers.

So, with these and the other 4 ordered, I will have 48 roses.

Below is a collage of the first 4 I ordered. Photos from the website

Starting at top left: Barnhouse Rose, Bayse's Purple, Mozart & International Herald Tribune. I believe all of these are fragrant, the only one I'm not sure of is the first one Barnhouse.  But I love the flowers and they are very hardy.

I'm looking forward to watching all 8 of these new babies grow and bloom.

Many, many, many years ago, I told my dear husband I'd rather have growing roses and flowers than dying bouquets.  My garden is a wild, tropical, cottage style garden with much to fill my heart with love, memories, peace & joy.  I thank God for blessing me every day with my life.  It isn't always easy, but there is something good and beauteous in each new day.

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady


I will close this post with some rose quotes.

There is simply the rose;
it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

She who loves roses must be patient
and not cry out when she is pierced by thorns.   
Olga Brouman

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature
is that all of us tend to put off living.
We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-
instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
Dale Carnegie

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds 'round my neck.
Emma Goldman

The perfume of roses are like exquisite chords of music
composed of many odor notes
harmoniously blended.
N F Miller

The rose speaks of love silently,
in a language known only to the heart.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Roses, roses, roses

Hi Folks ~ Hope you are all having a lovely start to this month of February. Today was a gorgeous day.  Yesterday was too and I was outside working up a small sweat.  The a.c. is on. Tomorrow it is supposed to get up to 80.

This morning my heart was tugged on for roses once again. This time by Connie's blog, Hartwood Roses, and by a new blog I'm following, les roses du jardin secret

Last year Connie offered up some of her baby roses for sale, and I asked her if she'd do a trade for one of my needleworked pieces, and she said yes.  The two roses below are the ones I got. They both are sweet and scented. They are just starting to really take off.

Click on photos for a larger view.

This first one is a seedling called 'Cemetery Rose'. 
From a cemetery in CA. It has a sweet, delicate scent.

This one is called 'Ruth's White Wavy leafed rose'. This has a bit heavier scent. Aaaahh!!!

Connie is a 'serious' rose grower, among other things. She inspires me in many ways.
Here's a link about her.

I went out into my humble cottage gardens the other day and took some pics of roses that are blooming right now.


This next rose is 'Penelope'

This is an unkn.

After reading Connie's blog and the other blog on roses, I visited Rose Petal's Nursery, where I have had a wish list going. I went through my list, and also checked again the roses they have in stock. Since Valentine's Day is this month and my birthday is next month, I have treated myself to 4 new roses. :-)
They are:
Barnhouse Rose, Basye's Purple Rose,
Mozart and International Herald Tribune.
I will take photos when mine bloom.  You can check them out on the website, also on Help Me Find.
They should be here on Tuesday. :-)
I am reading a book called 'God Said It, Don't Sweat It ~ How to Keep Life's Petty Hassles from Overwhelming you' by Neil Clark Warren. 
Last night I read the following: 
"If you get your attitude right, your life will be a thousand times more enjoyable.  For, instance, if you wake up in the morning and focus on all the things that are exciting and meaningful in your life, your energy level will be high.  You will be eager to meet the day head on.
Focus on the positive in your life, and you will automatically become more appreciative, more joyful, more thankful.  Life will take on brighter colors.
The apostle Paul encourages us to see the positive and then to respond to God with thanksgiving.  When you do, you make an investment in your own contentment, you enrich yourself down deep in your soul, and you maximize every relationship you have."
It's been hard for me to focus on the positive the past three years, yet for my health, mentally, spiritually and physically that is what I need to do.
Growing roses is exciting, they make me feel joyful and thankful, so I need to think about them and look to God to take care of me in every aspect of my life.  He didn't promise us an easy life, but He did promise to never leave or forsake us.
Another saying I came across lately was this one:
"When you arise in the morning,
Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive...
to breathe, 
to think,
to enjoy, 
to love."
~Marcus Aurelius~
(My dear husband was called Marcus Aurelius by his Mom and by me on occasion, because of his first name. Reading this was like a little message from him.)

God encourages me in many ways.  Sometimes I just need to be still and know that He IS, and trust Him completely.

Enjoy each day you are blessed with,