Good evening Folks ~ I hope you are all doing well. We got a short, heavy rain yesterday and that was good. We could use some more and it is predicted, time will tell. Predictions do NOT always come true.
This morning as I was washing dishes I looked up to see a blue jay just sitting on the rim of the huge bird bath. It just kept sitting there, so I raced into the other room for my camera, praying it would still be sitting there when I got back. It was. While taking pictures, I realized that this was a fledgling. The parent was in the palms nearby.
The first two photos were taken from inside.
Fernleaf Lavender, Lavandula pinnata
Unknown miniature rose
I have been following the blog Hartwood Roses for quite some time now. Connie grows around 600 roses at this time. Her gardens have a “special emphasis on rare and historic varieties, and popular classics that are well-suited for modern gardens.”
You can visit her website to read more. Hartwood Roses. She did close the public nursery in 2012, but still grows roses. She loves roses.
You can also visit her blog Hartwood Roses. You won’t be disappointed.
Besides her love of roses, she also loves restoring her lovely old home and she loves Greyhounds, and has other sweet critters that she loves dearly as well. I think her latest addition to her family was adorable Winnie.
Anyway, this past Sunday she had an open garden and in a blog post told about roses she was going to have for sale. I thought, oh my gosh, I want at least one, so I emailed her and said I would like to buy two but under my present circumstances, couldn’t really afford that. Then I got the idea to ask her if she might do a trade. She emailed back and says she loves to barter, so that’s what we did. She told me to pick out a heart to send her and she would send me two roses. I was thrilled!
I had picked out a ‘Cemetery Musk Seedling’, and she suggested ‘Ruth’s Wavy Leaf Noisette’. Both are ‘fragrant’ which is something I love in a rose. A rose just doesn’t seem right if it doesn’t have a wonderful scent.
In trade, I sent her this heart, which is covered in ‘roses’.
Bartering with Connie, inspired me to create another heart. I crocheted a rose using a new pattern I found online. The rest fell into place as I stitched. This will be going into my Etsy shop in a day or two.
Wednesday was 30 months since my dear husband left this planet for his heavenly home. It seems like yesterday sometimes, other times it seems like how can it be that many months ago. I miss him every single day. Being a widow is lonely, especially in the evenings. But, I am getting into my own little groove and am enjoying all that I am blessed with.
As I was getting breakfast ready, I took a big fat juicy strawberry to cut up on my oat cereal, and what a treat it was. The shape was no coincidence on that morning, it was a God-gift to me.
With that, I will close. Be thankful for birds, blooms, and bartering when possible. If you don’t ask, you won’t know.
P.S. I also sold two more hearts. I have to keep creating to fill my little shop. Working from home, you have to ‘keep at it’ and not procrastinate. It’s not as easy as just going to my job and collecting a paycheck. I’m trying to get into some kind of rhythm. I really enjoy working from home. Thank you all for your encouragement and kind words.
P.P.S. Last night I stumbled across a BBC series called Rosemary & Thyme, on you-tube. I’m in love with it just from the first show. It is about two gardeners turned sleuths. Anybody who loves to garden will enjoy this. Click on the link below.