Hi Folks ~ Right now it is right around 1 p.m. and the outdoor temp is 91 degrees and feels like it is 109. YIKES!! It is no wonder I don’t feel like doing anything outside. I was out on Monday morning and only worked an hour. I quit because my face was dripping, my clothes were stuck to me, and I just knew it was time to get inside. I didn’t go out yesterday except to hand water some things. This morning I raked up some of the debris from the other day, and decided it was not nice out there at all, so here I am. I did take some photos though, and one bloom is a real surprise. The bloom below is what made me come in for the camera.
Needless to say, this is a volunteer. Who planted it is a good question? This is about eye level.
I wonder what kind to tomato it is.
This below is ‘Blue Butterfly’ clerodendrum with ‘Wendy’s Wish’ salvia behind.
Mushrooms with a creeping fern tendril.
A sweet rain lily.
This is the patio area between the clothesline and the caravan which is on the right in picture below. With all of the rain, the weeds have taken over, especially one certain weed.
Bidens alba of the family Asteraceae
One every day name is ‘Spanish Needles’.
DH would pull up them whenever he saw them because the seeds are needlelike and stick to your clothing, thus hitchhiking to a new location to start more plants. But, you can’t get them all, no matter how many we pulled up. Butterflies love them. So, I pull some and leave some. These are ones that are going to have to go though. There really is a patio under there.
I’ve come to the conclusion that this rooted cutting that I’ve been calling ‘Prosperity’ is not it at all, but I think is ‘Penelope’, which I did have, but it croaked a year or so ago. When I put blooms of ‘Prosperity’ and this one next to each other they are not the same at all. I looked at older photos I have and Googled too and I’m pretty sure it is ‘Penelope’. That makes me happy, as I do love my roses. I need to try more cuttings of all of my roses. I do try to buy the old fashioned roses as they are more hardy.
Of course, some roses I don’t know what type they are, and they end up coming home with me if they’re pretty, scented, or cheap, hopefully all three. This one below was called ‘Picnic’. I’ve not found anything online by that name at all. Isn’t it a cutie? This little bush is loaded with buds again and this is the first one to open. Most of my roses have new growth and buds. Very exciting. This one was cheap and pretty.
This is an unknown bought this spring, cheap and pretty, with a slight scent.
Another unknown, pretty and very scented and sort of cheap.
Here are three blooms I picked yesterday that I brought inside to look at while Googling roses. I love how they dry crinkly.
I’ve really been thinking about roses lately, especially after visiting Christina’s blog Organic Garden Dreams. She grows beautiful roses and visiting her blog is always a real treat.
I had another time of grieving the other night, called out to God while sobbing, that’s all I could do, and woke up feeling more positive the next morning. Then I started thinking about celebrating our ‘45th’ anniversary which is coming up on the 8th of Sept. So, I’m making plans and am looking forward to my little celebration.
Yesterday morning I visited Rose Petals Nursery online and decided to buy three roses to help celebrate. If I lived closer to them I would visit them personally. They are 4-5 hours away, west of Gainesville. The have a wonderful selection of antique roses which are very hardy, with wonderful colors and scents.
I picked out three that would grow here in zone 10b, and have 5 more on my wish list, on down the road.
I had this before and here is a photo from 2007.
Rose Petals Nursery photo below.
Ghislaine d Feligonde
photo from Heirloom Roses
The roses should be here next week. I’ll be taking pictures of them for sure, so stay tuned. Notice I went for yellow/peachy tones this time. Christina’s ‘Marie Pavie’ inspired these selections. Another FL gardener told me ‘MP’ did not do well for her, and she lives a bit further north of me.
This little heart is still a ‘wip’, work-in-progress. Boy oh boy, are those seed beads ever tiny. Size 15. I’m more comfortable with size 11. At least I got this much done. My mind is working on what to do next. I listened to soothing music yesterday while working on this. It reminded me of my dear husband. He told me he loved to hear me humming to music while I was creating with needle, threads and beads. I sure do miss my best friend.
Well, that’s it from Plum Cottage. I hope you are all keeping cool. If you are working outside, please, keep hydrated.
It’s hard to believe September is almost here. I sure am ready for cooler temps.