Happy Independence Day

•July 4, 2009 • Leave a Comment



Foto Phriday

•June 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Usually my roadside orange daylilies (you know … the variety that’s more weed than flower) bloom in July.  The daylilies on the west side of the house are still sending up their budded stalks, while the patch tucked under the air conditioner are beginning to put on quite a show.


They’re tucked in a corner that doesn’t particularly get the best sun, but they’re doing their thing (and in a more saturated orange than I remember from previous years).  Perhaps they are jealous of all of the roses…

Foto Phriday

•May 29, 2009 • 2 Comments

Roses are one of those things that I can’t get tired of seeing.  And this is a good thing, because aside from the clematis that are dropping their petals, the roses are the only thing in the garden that are blooming. 


Scentimental Rain

Scentimental Rain

It rained last night, which left everything all photogenic this morning.  Scentimental, one of my new purchases this year, has just started to bloom, so this is her debut.  She’s one of those roses that I saw last year on my shopping list (also known as Dirt Therapy).


Deux Roses: Christopher Marlowe and Rose Campion

Deux Roses: Christopher Marlowe and Rose Campion

I just love this one, the mix of colors and textures is amazing! The grays and greens just make the unusual salmon color of Christopher Marlowe pop!

Foto Phriday: The Rose Parade

•May 22, 2009 • 2 Comments

Ideally, for Foto Phriday I’d like to post just one picture.  But the problem with this week’s photos is that the roses are starting to bloom, sending out their scentinels who are checking to see if it’s safe for the rest of the bush to bloom.

William Shakespeare, AUSRoyal


Crown Princess Margareta, AUSwinter

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Worth the wait

•May 20, 2009 • 1 Comment

Last year, I purchased a sickly looking rose seedling. Or at least I thought it was sickly looking; after all, what do I know from rose seedlings? I planted it, prayed, cried, crossed my fingers, and saw it make a few horrid little blooms and then put on a significant amount of growth at the end of the season.

I present to you William Shakespeare! This one was definitely worth the wait, and it’s also the first of my roses to bloom…well, the first front-facing bloom at least. And to think, all the nasty things I called him last year…

I thought I killed you!

•May 18, 2009 • 2 Comments

It’s a blah blah morning here in my Zone 6 garden.  Nevertheless, despite the chill and overcast skies, the garden is still developing.

I was out this morning taking photos of the rose buds which have started to swell with color.  So far, Double Knockout is the only rose that has a bloom on it.  Not as wonderful as one would expect, as it’s on the back side of the rose up against the fence and inches above the soil.  I tried to seduce the other roses into blooming on their front or top sides, with the promise of more care and attention…so we’ll see what happens with this.

Meanwhile, I was taking pictures of my neighbors weigela when my nose was attacked by a particularly delightful scent.

DSC03382This is a specimen growing in the way-back.  The way-back used to be a vegetable garden, and if everything goes according to plan it will become one again this year.  But it gets very weedy and very fast, so I usually stay on top of mowing and spraying it.  Last year I sprayed everything early.  The previous year, I sprayed everything early as well.  So imagine my shock when I see a honeysuckle bush in partial bloom after two years of regular spraying with weed-b-gone.

Honeysuckle is one of those things that brings back so many childhood memories, and one of those things that I was determined to sneak into the garden this year.  Joe is adamantly opposed to the idea of honeysuckle in my garden.  One of the more rampant varieties of lonicera was growing up around the lilacs and he’s still traumatized by the work involved in eradicating it.

But it’s my garden.  He objected to the idea of expanding the beds into the pool area.  I did it anyway, and by the time he noticed there was less space for grass he had already fell in love with the outcome.  He objected to me minimizing the mowable space in the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ – an area where, if left to it’s own devices, one can lose a rather large toddler or small adult.  But he loved the spread out look of the hedge of day lilies lining the driveway.

Now, all I have to do is take some pruning sheers to the honeysuckle to cut away some of the dead branches that succumbed to the assault by weed-b-gone.  And then I’ll work on acquiring some honeysuckle to line the other ugly chain link fence.  This’ll be our little secret.

Foto Phriday

•May 15, 2009 • 3 Comments

I was strolling around the expanse of suburbia that I call my neighborhood with camera in tow.  There’s one street that I find myself going down often – as it’s one of the less trafficy sidewalk-less streets.  I know that there’s a huge rose thicket at the house on the corner of this block.  I know that there’s a house with a row of peonies.  I know that there’s another house with a beautiful Japanese Maple, as well as many houses with tons of azaleas.  But I didn’t expect the viburnum.


It’s the smell of spring! Followed by the lilacs, the magnolias, daffodils and hyacinths there is the heady, almost overwhelmingly intoxicating fragrance of the viburnum.