Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hobbling along & rose babies came

Hi Folks ~ Hope you are all doing well this second week of February which is also Valentine's week. It is cold here and will be all week. Of course, cold for us in s.e. FL is not the same for those of you up north. :-)

The cold is NOT helping my pulled muscle/pinched whatever in my back left side.  It started yesterday afternoon.  I figured out this morning what the cause was, and it's from moving a really heavy flower pot the other day. I've done this before and it takes a few days to work itself out. I've used heat, arnica gel and also taken Ibuprofen to sleep and once today. I'm NOT as young as I used to be and need to be more careful with heavy things.

My rose order came today, yay, both orders. 


They really do a GREAT job of boxing them up.  They use heavy duty copper staples from the outside to staple pots to the box to keep them from moving around. There is rolled up paper in the pot, wet, put in there to keep the soil in, then put into a plastic bag and tied. You can see the huge staples along the bottom of the box.

Two were in one box,

six in the other.

I got excited seeing the purple look stems of the one rose, because that is the Bayse's purple rose. Deep purple stem, isn't that something? I noticed that several of these have LOTS of thorns. YIKES!!!

Here they are  unboxed ready to grow and bloom in their new home.

I carried them two at a time, slowly, back to where they will get tomorrow's sun, if we get any.
Now I'm ready to take an ibuprofen and get horizontal. I have a couple of books of 'cat' stories so will start reading one of them.
Happy Valentine's week.
FlowerLady Lorraine

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.