It’s been a while since I’ve written about the roses and butterflies in the backyard. While I love to go cool places to photograph birds, sometimes the best opportunities come in your own backyard. As frequent readers of my blog know, I have a bit of a green thumb, and I’ve landscaped our garden with […]
My ‘Gold Medal’ rose is blooming like crazy right now. The big yellow flowers are very pretty and fragrant. I went outside on Sunday morning to fertilize the roses, and I immediately ran back inside to get the camera. The dew drops were too pretty not to photograph!
This is my ‘Hot Cocoa’ rose that has been blooming wonderfully for the past few weeks. All my roses are doing really well, and standing up to the heat better this summer than ever before (knock wood!) One of our young neighbors loves to come and smell the roses in the evenings. Her happy squeal […]
…the flowers were all covered in little water droplets. I often get asked if I ever sprinkle my flowers with drops to make dew. No, whenever I’ve tried that, it looks really fake. Besides, in Florida in the summertime, you don’t often have to wait for the real thing!
The roses are suffering from the summer heat and the insects. I’ve stopped using insecticides since last winter. First I was worried that the insecticides would harm the wintering birds, then I realized that I was starting to see more insects in the rosebeds as a result of the decreased usage of pesticides. So here […]
I’ve been neglecting my roses lately. First it was because I had Painted Buntings and then baby birds in the backyard. Then it was because it just got hot. But I haven’t been spraying, and the rose blooms are being eaten by insects. Except for this one! This is my ‘Gold Medal’ rose that grows […]
Somehow the ‘Peace’ rose seems appropriate tonight…
I enjoyed having my zoom lens along on our walk this evening. The light of the sunset reflected on the water of the Pebble Ridge pond, creating awesome ripples of color. Then Rich pointed out the Wood Stork about to fly in just over the pond! Score! The sunset was beautiful. I zoomed all the […]
Goldy and Squirt spent the day cowering together under their favorite “safe chair”. Wow were those thunderstorms strong!! I got home expecting to see most of my rose blooms blown to the ground, but they looked ok. This was taken before the storms…
My backyard roses are starting to bloom! I love how they all bloom at about the same time in the spring, about six weeks after I prune them almost back to the ground. It’s amazing how fast these bushes grow.
I pruned my roses heavily about two weeks ago, and I’m still waiting for the bushes to leaf out. This morning I saw lots of little red growlets but no leaves yet. So I’ll post a picture of the ‘Minnie Pearl’ rose that I took before I pruned the bush. It’s hard to wait for […]
Every spring in mid-February I prune the roses back hard. In Florida, roses don’t really get a dormant period, thanks to our nice warm weather. They don’t lose their leaves like they do up north, and mine usually bloom all year round. So I force them into a short period of dormancy when I prune […]
My miniature rose ‘Minnie Pearl’ loves this cold weather. While most of the bushes are sporting frost-bitten blooms, ‘Minnie Pearl’ is bursting with fresh green foliage and two tiny perfect little blooms. I took out the wide-angle lens, the extension tubes, and the diffuser filter, and had fun with my camera. :)
I love living in a climate where I get rose blooms in December! (Hopefully they will still be blooming after it freezes tonight… :-p)
The backyard is very colorful these days, with all the roses blooming at the same time. That’s the good thing about a good prune — it triggers a beautifully coordinated bloom cycle!
The roses are starting to bloom again after I pruned them hard at the beginning of September. It’s fun to see the healthy foliage and the perfect blooms. I love the mixture of colors. The Floribundas have bloomed the fastest. The hybrid teas are starting to bloom, but they are not quite this colorful yet. […]
My roses are starting their fall bloom cycle after I pruned them heavily at the beginning of September. This one is ‘Memorial Day.’
Or is it ‘Deja Blu’? Rich says that this rose isn’t blue, but its shade is supposed to be somewhat unique. (Of course, if you’re thinking “hey, she posted yet another rose picture!”, then deja vu might be most appropriate…)
Normally in July my roses aren’t looking so good. This year, they look great! Even my ‘Pope John Paul II’ rose, which tends to wilt in the harsh summer heat, is flourishing and covered in blooms. Also blooming well this month is my ‘Moonstone’ rose, which is totally covered in blooms right now. Isn’t it […]
Last night we had a nice unexpected rainfall, and I went out afterward with the camera to photograph flowers covered with raindrops. This ‘Moonstone’ rose shot was my favorite.