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Deja Blu

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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).

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Rose Care Day

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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

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Backyard roses

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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. :)

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First Place Roses!!

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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. :)

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My new flash extender is here

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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!! :)