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Friday, June 26, 2015

roses, recitals, and raspberries

the roses have finally been all picked and the bushes will start regenerating new growth.
july 1 is when the japanese beetles typically descend and begin their lace-making,
 and it is a wonderful thing that we get this first flush all done before they hatch.
above are heritage roses.
these are the ones that shatter almost as soon as they open, but picked in bud stage, 
you can get a couple days out of them.
below are lavender lassie roses. 
this little bunch is from a first year bush, and i have decided it makes the cut;
highly scented, good longevity in vase, and i like the color and shape of the buds particularly.

 above are a mix of tess of the d'urbervilles and courageous roses in a bucket.
below is a just- picked bucket full of cool pink roses including amazing grace and james galway.

 our sarah, jake's girlfriend, is a ballet dancer, and she had a recital this past tuesday.
she asked me to make a presentation bouquet for the artistic director, and this is what i came up with.
i placed the strong long stems down first, and then just worked my way down with
graduating shorter stems of whatever i had around. 

 this is a bouquet i made for personal practice with the heritage roses, since i am afraid to sell them to florists.
with a mix of other roses, huldine clematis, hydrangea, agrostemma, and thalictrum.

 i love, love the soft colors of yarrow.  
all the subtle colorations, the varying sizes of tiny florets of 5-petals with the slight ruffling just melt my little heart. 
below is a bucket of louise odier rose buds.

 in a race to beat the birds and beetles, i cut 200 stems of black raspberries last evening.
i have lots of memories of picking them with my sister, jenny, and of battling the mosquitos, but they aren't bad this year.
pretty, hunh?  will make interesting additions to a bouquet.

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