Oct 22, 2015

Grey Skies and Pink Roses...

 
 
 There is simply the rose;
 it is perfect in every moment of its existence.     
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


 
I have been enjoying
these grey and cozy days of Fall...
 
Fall has been mild here...
foggy mornings,
that make me think of childhood
and how fun it was to run and disappear into the thick fog..
 
mornings
I just want to linger in bed
 and wear fuzzy socks all day...
 

once I do get moving
there is much to do in the garden...
 
raking,
pruning...
 
on lucky days
my reward is a handful of roses...
 
theses beauties are
Francis Meiland...


 
I stoked up my faux fireplace
with a new strand of mini lights...
 

 
these are the same Francis Meiland Roses,
after a couple days inside
they pop into these big fluffy delights...
 
perfect in every moment
of its existence...
 
Thanks for Visiting me...


Oct 7, 2015

Summer Roses...

I thought tonight
I would take you back in time
for a little garden stroll...
 
share a few Roses from the Summer Past...
 




 

 





 
"Remember midsummer:
 the fragrance of box, of white roses
And of phlox.

 
And upon a honeysuckle branch
Three snails hanging with infinite delicacy
-- Clinging like tendril, flake and thread,
as self-tormented and self-delighted
 as any ballerina,

 just as in the orchard,
Near the apple trees, in the over-grown grasses
Drunken wasps clung to over-ripe pears
Which had fallen: swollen and disfigured.

 For now it is wholly autumn:
 in the late Afternoon
as I walked toward the ridge where the hills begin,
There is a whir, a thrashing in the bush,
 and a startled pheasant, flying out and up,
Suddenly astonished me,
breaking the waking dream."
 Delmore Schwartz,
 
 
Thanks For Stopping By....

Oct 4, 2015

I Know it is Too Soon to Talk About It...

I know October has just begun,
the Autumn leaves are still hanging on the trees...
 
and,
I am not one to jump ahead of the Season...
 

 but,
we really must talk about Christmas,
just a little...
 
Here in Washington State,
our Goodwill Stores
 host pop up Christmas Boutiques
in empty stores...
 
the deals are great
you should check and see if you have one too!
 


our local shop
opened yesterday...
 
and I thought I'd show you
what I found...
 

 
two boxes of Blue Shiny Brite's,
at a steal...
 
 
even cheaper
than the original long ago price...
 

a box of glittered silver balls,
also ninety-nine cents...
 

 
pink!
 
 
this new in the box set of jewel lights
was my splurge...
 
I took them out
and set them next to the ball
just so you can see how chunky they are...
 
 
my pile of goodness,
out the door for under eight dollars...
 
 
for now it's time to pack up my new sparkle,
it is back to Fall Decorating for me...
 
I just need
to get Christmas Songs out of my head!
Fa la la la la...
 
Thanks for Stopping By Today....

Oct 2, 2015

Natural Fall Wreaths at Better Homes and Gardens....

Better Homes and Gardens On-Line
is featuring an article on Natural Fall Wreaths...
 
and
 I am proud to say
they chose my Old Garden Rake
to be included...
 
 
Here is a link to my original post
if you would like to see all the details...
 
the Better Homes and Gardens article,
there are 30+ other Natural Fall Wreaths there
a bit of inspiration
for everyone!
 
Happy Weekend Everyone,
I am going to working on some Fall decorating around here!
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 30, 2015

Dusting Off My Blog....

As I flip the calendar's page this evening,
I am surprised to say goodbye to September
so soon...
 
I am excited to be back here
with you, blogging...
 
I hadn't planned to take a break,
it just happened,
I needed to recharge,
slow down,
take time to dream,
take time to Smell the Roses...
 
From the bottom of my heart
I thank those of you who are still here to listen to my ramblings...
 
We have so much catching up to do!
 

 
in the Spring
I added to the garden
 this pair of Strawberry Sundae Hydrangeas
and another King Edward Currant Bush...
 


back in May
I shared with you my plans to grow Sweet Pea's
on my wire dress form...
 
If you would like to see that post
it is here...
 


well,
I learned a little lesson...
 
good twine matters...
my dollar store twine rotted
before the peas reached the dress form....
 

 
still,
the wild look of the toppling Sweet Pea's
was beautiful...
 
and there is always next year...

 
Mother of Thyme
and
Armeria...

 
bundles
of Sweet Peas...
 
pure joy...

 
I will be back soon,
I have so much to share with you...
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by....

Jun 4, 2015

My New Page (My Rose Collection)....

I have been wanting
to make a collection
of photos of my Roses...
 
So I started a new blog page!
 
I will be adding photos of my rose varieties to the collection
all Summer
or until
I have them all posted...
(each time I add to the collection I will share those new roses in a quick post here)
 
all the details
are on my new page,
you can access it right below my header
in the tabs section under
My Rose Collection...
 
I hope you like it!
 





 
 
Don't Forget to Stop and Smell the Roses...

Jun 3, 2015

Flowers along the Picket Fence...

Since we live
on a large corner lot,
we have a long picket fence...
 
we designed the pickets ourselves
and hand cut them...
 
this Spring we
were working on touching up the fence,
doing some painting
and some cutting of new pickets..
 
with the wet Pacific Northwest Springs,
it's a race to get it all done on dry days
 before the plants over take the fence...
 
 
there is only a foot of space
between the fence and the sidewalk...
 
Some plants grow there
and others just poke through...
 
a lot goes on in that little space...


 
the Peonies...
 
some years I stake them
 and some years
 I just let them flop over...
 
this year I have been leaning them onto the fence...

 
Valerian with Salvia...



The Tiffany Rose
is my husband's favorite...
 




A new to me rose
I planted last year..
 
Veilchenblau Rambler
 
I have bought a lot of roses
through the mail,
both potted and bare root..
 
this one arrived potted
in a tiny 3" pot...
 
I planted it and crossed my fingers,
it grew like crazy...
 
it is prized for it's violet / blue flowers...
 


more Valerian,
Pink and White together...
 



clusters of
James Galway Roses...
 


the colors and placement of the Columbines
change each year,
as I just let the seeds fall
where they may...
 
I have really been enjoying this one this year
pure white
with lavender at the tip top...
 

 
the toppling Peonies
it all happens so fast...
 
I wish a could just freeze time
and soak it all up...
 
 
Thanks for stopping by...