My ‘Gold Medal’ rose bush has burst into bloom this week. It’s covered in golden roses!
Rich and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary today. Squirt wanted to celebrate by eating this rose, but I wouldn’t let him. I photographed it instead.
My ‘Memorial Day’ rose bloomed in honor of the day. :)
My ‘Deja Blu’ mini rose has started to put on some nice new growth, and I think this was one of the first blooms of the season. The deep magenta color is fun (and unusual for a mini rose).
Today was Rose Care Day. Rich helped me fertilize, then I sprayed. It felt really good to spend the morning outside in the yard. There were plenty of birds out and we saw/heard cardinals, mockingbirds, house finches, red-winged blackbirds, grackles, and mourning doves (the usual summer crowd). This evening I did not take my camera on our walk, and was I mad that I hadn’t! We saw four bunnies by the Pebble Ridge/Lakehurst boundary, and we saw two mallard families with little ducklings! You won’t catch me without my camera again… :-p
The backyard roses have all burst into bloom and they are absolutely gorgeous! The blooms are a bit late this year, due to the cold weather. But it was worth the wait. I went outside and took a series of pictures, then used Photoshop Elements to merge them together into a panorama. The only thing missing is the gray cat on the grill inside the porch. :)
Peter and Carla are very good mail delivery people. While we were on vacation, they delivered the American Rose magazine containing the results of this year’s rose photography contest. Guess what? Two of the three photos that I submitted won!! My ‘Nancy Reagan’ rose took first place in the Hybrid Tea category: After I came down off Cloud Nine for a few minutes and read the rest of the article, I realized that my ‘Gemini’ rose had also won an honorable mention! Cool! I thought it was funny that the judges ranked the pictures in opposite order of my preference. Maybe it’s because the contest is judged both on rose excellence and on photographic excellence. It’s hard to grow perfect roses in Florida. The insects generally get the the buds long before I do! Thanks to Rich for Photoshop-ing the correct spelling of my name onto these scans. :)
Happy birthday, Goldy and Missy! This purple ‘Angel Face’ bloomed just for you. :) It’s hard to believe it’s been 8 years since Dyeyo and I went shopping for birdseed and came home instead with two sweet little kittens.
This bee and mystery insect were hanging out on a rose. I think they were dead, actually. I wonder who stung who?
My ‘Peace’ rose has begun blooming for the spring. It’s fun to see the leaves all glossy and healthy, and the color of the rose is deeper (I guess because of the cold weather?) The yellow and pink hues are more vibrant in April than any other time of the year.
The roses are slow to begin blooming, but it’s worth the wait. Look at this ‘Bella Roma’ bloom. It’s not often that I get such perfect (not eaten by insects!) roses.
My mini rose ‘Irresistible’ had the most perfect bloom today. Maybe in celebration of the first goldyfinches at Missy’s Diner!! :)
Happy Birthday, Squirt! Squirt got ham for his birthday and I got a present, too: my ‘Veteran’s Honor’ rose picture was printed in the current edition of American Rose magazine! Cool!
‘Chris Evert’ is one of the only roses blooming right now – and its blooms are bright orange and huge. :)
The first rose bloom of the season…I didn’t prune ‘Chris Evert’ as hard as some of the other bushes, so it’s blooming while the rest are just starting to flush. You can see some cold damage in the bloom, but overall, it’s nice to look out and see some color!
The goldfinches were hungry today, and they didn’t mind that I was outside planting flowers. Now I have a colorful yard again and some fun close-ups!
My flash extender for the camera came a day early! I’m excited to get it because now I’ll be able to take better pictures at Circle B when it is cloudy. Since the birds in our backyard had already gone to bed when I got home today, though, I settled for testing the extender by taking a 400mm picture of the new growth on my ‘Spellbound’ rosebush. Look at how nicely illuminated the leaves are!! :)
Aftermath of the great rose pruning of 2010. As I worked in the front, people driving by kept slowing down to gape, probably wondering why in the world I’d cut back my roses like that! But wait about six weeks and the fresh growth and healthy blooms will be totally worth it. :)
My poor roses! They definitely didn’t appreciate the cold snap. They fared better than most of our plants, though.
This ‘Firefighter’ rose looked beautiful yesterday with raindrops all over it. We got an inch and a half of rain – not a bad way to start the new year! Much better than the 30 degree weather that we’re supposed to get tonight…the pineapples are all well tucked in under a nice warm tarp!