One of the things I’m trying to improve with myself is actually doing and not just thinking about a project. So, this morning I started with this: snipping all the roses I could find that were blooming and photographing them as a collection. Phew! I like how the arrangement came out even though I did realize after the fact I missed a few. Grr. Oh well! And of course some of our roses have already finished blooming and some haven’t started yet but it’s so neat to see the varying sizes, shapes and colors all side-by-side like this. There is so much variety! Ahh…I love them all. Would you like to see this photo without the labels? Click here to take you to my Flickr.
Hello lovelies. I might be too sleepy to make any coherent sense this morning for which I blame Lucy. She is super snuggly and peaceful during the day but at night she transforms into a furry gremlin and keeps us up all night with her shenanigans. (Not Pepper, though, who stays unmoving at the foot of our bed like a kitty lump.) Last weekend was lovely, and proved once again how relative time is since it seems like a minute ago it was Friday. Gosh. Saturday was one of those days where you can’t help but exclaim how beautiful the weather is, and it really was. We spent the majority of the day looking for excuses to be outdoors which mostly involved yard cleanup from last week’s doozy of a storm but finally Jesse put his foot down and said, “We’re not Pilgrims.” Point taken, we went out to have a little fun. Here are some snaps from over the weekend:
Visiting the duck pond at PSU is one of my favorite outings. They’re incredibly tame since they get so many visitors. I would love, love to have a pond this big in our garden someday. The roses are in full swing. In the four years we’ve lived in our home, I’ve never seen the garden look so beautiful. I can’t stop taking photos of everything because even in the midst of all this abundance I feel autumn lurking and I want to push it back any way I can. Truthfully, I have more photos now than I know what to do with and I’ve overwhelmed myself again even though I swore I would be better organized. Oh bother. Anyways, these photos are just a sampling. Prepare yourself for the veritable rose deluge that will begin soon!
Take a good look at this little guy because he, and all his cousins, may be the reason we do not have any hollyhocks or lilies this year. The roses are getting eaten, too. In fact, one baby rose was eaten all the way down to a nub. For such wee things they can sure devastate a garden quickly! Liquid Fence (spray) has not worked. We’re trying the granules next. I’ve always loved rabbits, still do, but now I understand how frustrating it can be when they target your garden. I feel like grumpy Farmer McGregor over here.
Have you seen the Elizabeth 1 miniseries? The rings (and earrings!) Helen Mirren wore throughout were FANTASTIC. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them and had to make myself this sparkly little number last Friday.
Top-Bottom: ‘Bonica’, sweet baby robin, doesn’t a mowed lawn make a huge difference?, sitting on the front porch at dusk, herbs waiting to be planted, ‘Alnwick Castle’, flowers for Grandma, flowers for me, ‘Georges Vibert’, ‘Munstead Wood’ after a particularly boisterous thunderstorm, I think I want to be a lavender farmer, ripening strawberries, sweet peas, ‘The Endeavour’.