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Saturday, March 29, 2014

tale of two bouquets

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
 it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
 it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
 we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--
in short, the period was so far like the present period,
 that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil,
 in the superlative degree of comparison only."  charles dickens
 more precisely, it was 2009, it was one of my son's senior year of highschool,
it was a dance, it was bouquet time.
it was nigella, stocks, cranesbill, alstomeria, coral bells, spirea, and ajuga.
it was roses, rose buds, carnations, delphinium, sweet rocket, deutzia, and lady's mantle.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

a whole lot of sweetness

 i believe spring is finally starting to break through this long, hard grip of winter.
here's a gathering of fragrant bouquets while we await the greening-
 roses below are teasing georgia with hosta flowers and ferns.

above are rose buds, sweet peas, snapdragons, and annual sweet williams.
 lilies of the valley below with some angelique tulips and coral bells.

 above and below are phlox, abraham darby and heritage roses

 above are peonies and perennial sweet williams.
 the roses above are tower bridge.
scabiosa below.

 above the roses are golden celebration and jude the obscure with peonies, valerian, and mock orange.
below are amazing grace and heritage with some honey-scented lady's mantle.

 abraham darby roses above.
sweet peas below.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

garden glimpse - roses

 glory days of the roses coming up!
we are already in the process of digging up huge shrubs to replace them with-
you guessed it, roses!  
i've had limelight hydrangea surrounding the house for years,
but always have to cut them way back so they don't overwhelm.
decided to move them so they can do their thing, and use the space for more roses.  
 yes, that is still snow.
and now i have the pleasure of selecting new roses from Heirloom Roses.
this is when the boys were making the stone wall a couple of years ago.
 the limelight hydrangeas are a joy to have.  hope to make them happy in their new spot.

 amazing grace
 little louise odier
 abraham darby

Thursday, March 6, 2014

rosie reprise

june 16 of last summer was a good day for the roses.
 i took the time to take some photos of the buckets right after i'd picked for the morning.
they aren't very good, but today, with snow still burning out my eyes, i am happy for them!

if you want to see these photos larger, just click on the image.

 the dark pink rose above is mme. isaac pereire.
the large light pink below is amazing grace.  the pink ones behind it are mme. isaac pereire.
and the reds are courageous.  the loosely cupped buff colored rose is jude the obscure.
 these smallish cool pink roses below are louise odier.   
the warm pink ones are rosarium utersen.
i have purchased almost all of these from Heirloom Roses as own-root plants.
 above, the pale yellow are teasing georgia.

 the orange rose above is lady of the mist.  the small light pink ones are lexy.
below, the large pink ones are amazing grace.  

in the photo above, the lower pink roses are abraham darby.
this fragrance tester tray was in the cart for a couple of weeks.
from the left:  the impressionist, cameo perfume, a shropshire lad, and st. swithun.
the back row is thornbury castle, margaret merrill, climbing james galway, and louise odier.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

bouquets for holding

  a bouquet is for holding.
just for now, lets put our snowshovels aside, and soothe our eyes....
 it's nice if a bouquet is comfortable, pretty, and fragrant.
that's my criteria, anyway.
it is the odd bits - that make a bouquet interesting.
i like to be able to look at it for awhile, and still see a surprise tucked in.

are you imagining this bunch in your hand?
the sage, the roses, the mock orange, the honey-scented lady's mantle fragrances mingling....
o winter, loosen thy grip!