Friday, June 02, 2023

Visiting the Roses

 


As the light fades a band of pale yellow streaked with dark wispy clouds stretches across the horizon. The trees in my neighbour's garden are black silhouettes. It's 9:45 and the longest day of the year is soon approaching. Earlier in the evening, I go out to visit my roses and compliment them on their beauty. My neighbours would think me daft to be talking to them, but oh, how beautiful they are just now. Gertrude Jekyll above bloomed early this year. 


In early spring I prune my roses, taking down their height to 1/2 or 1/3. This year, my Secret rose, above, has shot up to about seven feet, and is full of blooms. I can't think why she decided to grow so very tall. She is very fragrant.


Last summer we transplanted Boscobel to another site where she, along with Falstaff, are much happier. Tim was in the front garden when one of our new neighbours walked by and told him she stops there while walking her dog because she can smell the fragrance from the street. 


In the evening, indoors, slanting light creates strong shadows in the southwest facing rooms. I am a summer person, loving the long days filled with light and the warmth that coaxes plants to grow. 

Our daughter's major surgery went very well and she is already recovering at home. I took some meals over this afternoon and was surprised to see her sitting on the couch (feet up), with good colour and energy. Her recovery will be about six weeks, during which time she is not to lift anything "heavier than a dinner plate." I didn't think to ask if the dinner plate was full or empty. 

Tim's brother and his wife will be staying with us for a few days. I've planned the meals and will do a quick grocery shop tomorrow and some final tidying up. 

What does your weekend hold?



24 comments:

  1. Your roses are exquisite, especially the secret one, but how grateful and very relieved all of you must be feeling to know that your daughter is safely home from her major surgery and making such good progress.

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  2. That's a lovely bright way to start my weekend. Glad to hear that all is well with your daughter and that she is recovering nicely.

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  3. I am glad to hear your young woman is doing well! It must be a great relief! Your roses are incredible!

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  4. I chat at length to my roses, especially Gertrude. She need to know what pleasure she brings. The Secret rose is lovely and rather unusual. To stand in a garden and be able to breathe scents of roses is an indescribable joy.

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  5. Beautiful flowers! I am happy to hear your daughter is doing well. This weekend will be hot and rainy here in Florida, so I plan on staying inside.

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  6. I am losing it! I wrote a comment then clicked 'older post.' Lovely flowers.

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  7. an we went to visit a new kennel for Bandit, then as it is hot we had an ice cream, then went shopping for tonight barbecue. I also love roses very much and have plenty in the garden! Enjoy your weekend !
    Nice to hear your daughter is recovering well.

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  8. Thanks for sharing your beautiful roses. I get to enjoy their beauty but don't have to prune or weed them. 😊

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  9. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Good news that your daughter is recovering well from her surgery.
    All your roses are gorgeous but Boscobel has captured my heart. If only I had room for one more rose....
    Granny Marigold

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  10. Thank you for sharing your roses. They are glorious! And what a relief that your daughter is home and recuperating. Thanks to God.

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  11. Glad to know your daughter is home and recovering well. Make sure she follows doctor's orders and doesn't try to overdo things too soon!
    Your roses - I can almost smell them - are gorgeous. June is a lovely month in our gardens before it gets too hot and blooms fade and fry. Your company will enjoy themselves I'm sure - you are such a lovely hostess Lorrie.
    Hugs - Mary

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  12. Glad all went well with your daughter. I think Boscabel is my favourite rose of all. I can almost smell it from here. B x

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  13. Your roses are sublime, Lorrie.🌹
    Happy to hear that your daughter is doing well.

    Hugs and blessings

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  14. Obviously the compliments are working as your roses are gorgeous.
    So glad that your daughter is doing so well after her surgery. May the road to recovery remain smooth.

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  15. That secret rose is stunning! love the color and the shading of those hues. Have a great week.

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  16. Mmm... I can almost smell those roses from here, Lorrie! Absolutely stunning capture of these beauties in your yard.

    Thoughts and prayers with your daughter for a full and speedy recovery. So good that you can check in on her and bless her with some loving care.

    Hope you're enjoying some lovely weather while you're enjoying your company. Such a beautiful season for visiting.

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  17. Your neighbor's rose and yours are exquisite, Lorrie! I love roses, especially those that have a scent. I am a June baby so the rose is my month's flower and always my favorite. I planted red knock out roses in my yard as our growing season is very short and I felt they were hardy. I have to surround them with chicken wire as the deer would feast on them, thorns and all. I am glad to hear your daughter is recovering well from major surgery and I wish her continued recovery and good health!. I missed the post as to what surgery she had? My daughter had open heart surgery a few years ago for a valve repair and I was so surprised how quickly she recovered. It is good to sit up, take deep breaths, move one's legs after all surgeries. I'm sure you are taking good care of her.

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  18. Marilyn M5:23 PM

    Good to hear your daughter is healing. Your roses are gorgeous. I am loving the roses right now also.

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  19. Your roses are beautiful! I think I might need to start talking to mine, as they aren't really thriving. Glad your daughter's surgery went well, and hopefully the recovery is quick. I have been doing the 'heavy lifting around her for the past six weeks, as hubby recovers from surgery.

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  20. I've been away from blogs for several days now and was happy to read that your daughter is doing well after her surgery. Your roses are beautiful and I'd be tempted to talk to them, too. That Boscobel is amazing, so beautifully layered. Glad it's enjoying it's new home. Hope this fresh week is going well.

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  21. You have a lot on your plate! Helping with meals and hosting in a part finished kitchen! I can see your visit to see the roses is therapeutic. They are all beautifu but I love that secret rose most! I wish I'd remember all the names of my roses, it seems to suit to have a name to call them by.

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  22. Long time ago since my last visit here... its sometimes difficult to bring all things under a hat, like a quote we say. I enjoy your Look in the garden. This are wonderful roses.

    Many greetings by Heidrun

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  23. Beautiful roses.
    That is good news that your daughter is recovering well from her surgery.

    All the best Jan

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