I chose this for my GGW photo contest entry. It is one of my favorite places in a garden that I also have a photo of.  I love the spill over effect of the roses on the fence as they lead you to the lake on a crisp, early summer day. Their colors contrasted with the sky and clouds.  They were old fashioned roses that had grown there for a long time.  I can’t think of a better view or a place I would rather sit to enjoy a beautiful summer day.  This was in the yard of a winery on Seneca lake.  

 ~”If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”  ~Bern Williams


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My wonderful husband brought me a dozen roses yesterday.

  What a treat and he didn’t even know I needed an R word for today’s post.   

He knows that I am in desperate need of a flower fix now that Jack Frost has stolen them all away from my garden.

~”A single rose can be my garden”.~unknown


away today after yesterday’s soaking rain. web-0-112

 My plants seem to have given a sigh of relief now that they have had a good long drenching. web-0-058

  We could use even more rain but I keep hoping it doesn’t choose Saturday to give it to us.  I am throwing a baby shower brunch and rain is not invited. 

web-0-072 This cosmo is one of the  pom pom varieties. It is really pretty.  web-0-068

 These pansies as well as the dianthus continue to flourish. web-0-097

They are dependable as well as beautiful.   roses

I am happy to see my roses finally showing their pretty faces.  web-0-118

The red lupine continues to thrill me.  I did have two of them break in the heavy rain, one had a bud on it.  lupine

It makes me sad to lose even one of them but worse things could happen so I will count my blessings. web-0-033

I hope you are having a wonderful day.web-0-029

~”When gardeners garden, it is not just plants that grow,�
but the gardeners themselves”. ~Ken Druse

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 Valentines Day is the best. valentine

 It’s all about love and the color red.valentine

Any day that involves the giving of chocolate can’t be anything but great. 


 Last but not least, there are flowers~ especially roses.valentine


  Need I say more? red-rose

~Here is the deepest secret nobody knows,

Here is the root  of the root and the bud of the bud

And the sky of the sky of a tree called life,

Which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide

And this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart

I carry it in my heart”  ~ E.E. Cummings-white-roses-



*I found all of these valentine’s in a box of photos in my mom’s attic, years ago.   

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I have a couple of Christmas cactus blooms getting ready to open and my African violet is still showing it’s pretty pink flowers that sparkle in the light. AFrican violet

My showoffs this week though, are a dozen roses that fill my house with their beauty and color.roses

  A gift from my sweetie because he knows I need a flower fix this time of year.





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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

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             Fertrilizer Friday!d 

   Since I was carelessly laying on the beach last week, I am more than ready to join in on this week’s Fertilizer Friday.  It is amazing how behind you can get in your garden when you miss just one week.  Now that I have caught up with all the work I plan on spending this weekend “smelling the roses”.  I hope you all have a great Friday! bachelor-button

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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. 

~Walt Whitman



In an earlier post, I submitted 3 photos in the Gardening Gone Wild  Picture This Photo Contest. The subject was roses.  I am honored to say that one of my pictures was chosen for first place. 

Many really great photos of roses were submitted.  Southern CA garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin had the tough job of  judging the contest.  This is a copy of their post announcing the winner:

Picture This Photo Contest Winner

June 27th, 2009 by Debra Lee Baldwin · 17 Comments


 A big thank you to all who entered and an ovation for your rose photos. Many of our 31 entrants submitted the full allotment of three photos, so I had close to 100 to judge—a daunting yet delightful task.

Our winner Tes seduced me with her tight shot of ‘Hot Cocoa’. I like the way the way sunlight shines through the water drops. Exquisite lighting also emphasizes the translucence of the petals and their felty texture. The lines draw the viewer into the center of the flower, and by illustrating the bloom’s intrinsic geometry, interpret the concept of “rose” in a fresh new way.  Tes, take a bow!


whotcocoaGardening Gone Wild is hosting their monthly photo contest.  The Subject is Roses.  Weeeeelpink-rosellMary Roselll,  I pinkjust love roses. w-roses1








                                                               The following 3 pictures are my entries.   




   This is the rose in my garden that I think is easily one of the most beautiful roses I have ever seen~ It is a russet-colored floribunda named Hot Cocoa. 

The texture of the petals and the shiny leaves make it stand out from other roses.I watched the flowers unfurl.  When it is was a bud – I was sure that it was the prettiest thing I had ever seen, then it opened and it was even more pretty, now when it’s in full bloom, it is even more beautiful.  The color is extraordinary, and I also really love the name~ how could a rose named after chocolate be anything but delicious?roses-over-fence

 I took this picture last week at Cayuga Lake.  I couldn’t resist photographing them, they looked very old fashioned and romantic.



      You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses”~ Ziggy