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Roses Love Sunshine Seasonal Thread

rosecanadian
9 days ago

Roses, love Sunshine, (BUT NOT SCREAMING HEAT)

Violets love dew. (AS IF WE GET ANY MOISTURE)

Angels love heaven (WE CAN PRAY FOR RAIN...WILL IT COME? Nooooo)

And so I love you (YES, WE LOVE OUR ROSES....no matter what)

(Song by Nana Mouskouri (as far as I know))





I know we're all suffering with this horrid heat, but at least we have a great community here. :) :)



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  • berrypiez6b
    3 days ago

    I love your Queen Margareth !!!

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  • berrypiez6b
    3 days ago

    Orchid Romance is at Northland . They also have a really cute new mini Midnight Fire.

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    Kitty, I like Queen Margareth, too, a lovely rose I haven't seen much of. And Moonlight in Paris is indeed a winner. In my garden, I'd say Munstead Wood is the bloom winner currently, and in a full flush which burns up quickly when it's near 100F like today. Runner up is Golden Celebration, and after that, lots of roses are blooming in spite of the heat. I don't particularly like it because it's such a waste of rose energy. Kitty, you need to post some of your Cream Yves Piaget on HMF. They have a pathetic two pages of photos and none are as nice as yours.


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  • Diane Brakefield
    3 days ago

    Some Julia Child photos from a few weeks ago. She's blooming still and doesn't see fazed by the heat. Diane





    Jude

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  • Diane Brakefield
    3 days ago




    I went astray. Love Song

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  • seasiderooftop
    3 days ago

    @Diane Brakefield Fabulous rose pics, and I continue to be impressed with the pics of Julia Child. Your pics and @Kristine LeGault 8a pnw 's have convinced me : she's absolutely on my list for bare root orders this fall! What a cheerful looking rose, and very tough it seems. I was looking her up on HMF and she's one of the highest rated roses for heat tolerance. I'm also intrigued by the reported licorice scent! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures, your garden is an inspiration!


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  • Stephanie, 9b inland SoCal
    2 days ago

    Kitty and Diane you both have such fabulous blooms! Happy Friday everyone. Quick post of Madame Alfred Carriere before I run off to work. Our weather has been cooler than normal (ie. Not triple digits and mostly high 80s to low 90s). So she put out a beautiful July/Aug flush. I don’t recall getting a mid summer flush like this from her before. She is about 10 feet tall at the blooming tips. I hard prune her to 6 feet every mid January, which is end of winter for SoCal.

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  • Kitty6aNY
    2 days ago
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    @Stephanie, 9b inland SoCal

    Thank you on my blooms!

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    Last night I went on a spree of looking at OGRs!!!!

    I love Queen of Denmark, Yolande de Aragon, Comte de Chambord, Baron Prevost I think my new favorites on next spring order!!!! This morning I started a Pininterest account-join me? & I am in heaven looking at OGR photos & rose photos.


    BERRYPIE!!!! Look at pininterest for Eden videos!!!!! Stunning!

    Here’s a photo from a video…..



    & my fav video…. Photo… Eden….



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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    2 days ago

    Kitty that Eden is amazing!



    For all the bee fans out there:




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  • rosecanadian
    Original Author
    2 days ago
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    Kitty - Oh, to add to my list of roses that are great .... Crazy Fashion (and the fragrance!!) and Sunsprite. Excellent on how well fish fert. is doing for you!! Holey moley!!! MiP has 20 blooms and more buds too! That's such a great rose for you...how is the fragrance? Your PAOK is lovely!! How are the stems on Abe...when I grew it, the flowers always drooped. MW, VD and RdC are my faves!! The veining on SR is really beautiful. Your QM is a bloom machine! :) :) Yeah, HC is supposed to be a prolific bloomer!! I'm excited to see how this rose performs for you!! Go Fish Fert!! Catmint is a great plant to get. Really drought resistant.

    Diane - Yes, we did!! We got out 17 minutes early!! That's never happened to us before...and the puzzles were really fun. One of the clues at the beginning said to connect the lions...at the end, we found 2 small lion heads in adjoining rooms and so we used the electric spitting (loud crackling thing) and we held hands and the first and last in the line touched the lions from one room to the next (4 of us) and completed the circuit...the exit door opened!! It was a lot of fun!! LOL...yup, Kedra got out too. :) :) :) The Saskatoon hospital is safe. :) :) Wow...the meese are really getting into town...I guess that means that their population is increasing, and they're trying to get away from the larger, territorial moose. Oh, that's good that Elaine and you got together and had lunch. :) :) Blech about popping the blister beetles. :) :) After seeing your PHENOMENAL pictures, I wish I had "problems" like yours. LOL LOL GLORIOUS!!!!! ASTOUNDING!!!! I can't pick a favorite...oh my goodness!!!!


    Stephanie - what a statement rose bush!!! :) :)


    Kitty - I'm so glad that your JBs are gone for the summer...what a relief! My CdC isn't that vigorous or doing that well. I don't know why. Maybe next year it will be better. I'm excited to see your new old roses next year!! GAH!!! Those Edens are unbelievable!!!


    Magpie - thanks so much for the bee pictures!! They are absolutely covered in pollen...they must be drunk on yellow!! I got all mellow just looking at the bees. :) :)


    I'm going pretty soon for a walk near the mountains with Kedra, Don, and the dogs. It's going to be a lot of fun!! :) :) An hour to get there, an hour walk (not too long so I don't ruin my Achilles' tendon) and then an hour back and out for lunch!! Then movie night....so much fun!! Then Kedra's going back home on Sat.



  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    2 days ago
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    Ang NC_7B, so sorry to hear about those dreaded Jb's! But enjoying the pics you posted!

    Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b), was it you who traded a rainbow scarf to your tattoo artist? Was wondering what you got? I thought I posted this a few days ago but can not find the post...lol

    Wonderful photos everyone! Enjoying all the photos! :-)

    Trying to keep the PM off the zinnias but not a easy task here with the climate......But they still look decent for now...



    Sunorita Rose

    My new perennial Elfin Swan is putting out its first flower of the season...


    Some coleus out front... My Begonias out front doing very well now... Those bushes in front of coleus will be 3x3ft so going take time for this area to get filled up...




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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    2 days ago

    Jim, yeah it was me! What I'm getting in return for the scarf is a few hours worth of tattooing with my artist.

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  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    2 days ago

    Good deal Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)...Any ideas what your getting?

    Oh forgot to post my Kodiak Black bush...This will mature to 4x4ft and have yellow flowers during the summer...




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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    2 days ago

    Jim, I have a sleeve started which includes a few flowers from my garden, so it will probably just go towards the time it will take to shade it all in.

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  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    2 days ago

    Sounds Awesome Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)...Please post a pic in the future... :-) I'd love to see it...

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  • Ashley FL 9B
    2 days ago

    Jim, great photo of your rose! I love that shot! 


    Magpie, I always love your creature pics. We have that in common. I take a ton of those pictures too, at home & while hiking. Good luck w/ all of that alfalfa. I have an enormous bag too. Could you amend your soil with some of it? 

    Carol, that book I mentioned was written in 2015. Hopefully it won't just be a catalog of Kordes roses ;). I'm still waiting for it to come in the mail. You were right - that character did look like it was modeled off a grasshopper lol. Your roses look great this year. I like Nicole Carol Miller, Charles Dawin and your Harry Wheatcroft too (1st day color). Hopefully I got those names right. Your yellow was Carles Darwin?

    Kristine,  congrats on the AC & potty training!

    So, I had a dream that one of you from the seasonal thread invited me to your house to look at your roses. You had the most beautiful roses that I had ever seen. You served me chocolate ice cream in the garden. It got a little weird after that, the way that dreams do. My hair turned to rose petals lol. Guess that's what happens when you catch up on the seasonal thread before bed.

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  • Kitty6aNY
    2 days ago
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    Berrypie & Diane, Yes, Orchid Romance, Meilland is at N Rosarium. But Yves Piaget , Meilland-(fushia) is at Rogue Valley Roses-own-root-I am on wait list! Join me???? It’s a fabulous rose! And Cream Yves Piaget (Classic Woman) is at Roses Unlimited-own root. . And…….. Francis Meilland is at Heirloom Roses-own-root. Ok…. got a little carried away!

    Carol, Thank you on my roses & seeds! And OGRs & EDEN ohotos-Oininterest is really fun-gorgeous rose videos!. I really enjoyed reading your post. You are so fun & vivacious! Don’t know why Moonlight in Paris- 2nd yrs -is so happy this year-about 20+ blooms now! Blooms best of everything-pretty disease resistant. Doesn't rest much at all inbetween flushes. Morning sun up to 2 or 3:00pm??? Lots of my roses get that sun! She’s a Floribunda-ever bloomer. Queen Margereth is a shrub rose-ever blooms, too. Rosaeraie du Chatelet must be a shrub rose-always blooms-never rests-10 blooms now both bushes. Few others ever bloom-Walking on Sunshine almost, Knock-outs, Lichfield Angel, Flamenco Rosita, Pomponella, Lion’s Fairy, The Fairy, Kendall Marie, Sweet Drift, Michelangelo, Parade Day never stopped, Mordens Blush, O Lady of Guadalupe. Maybe more. All my climbers rest & then flush again. Guess thats a lot of ever bloomers!!!!

    Magpie, Thank you-Eden on Pinibterest is stunning in videos! Beautiful sunflowers & bees!!! Love your bees! Are those your flowers?

    Jim, Love your zinnias, begonias, bushes by your home and Kodiak flowers-oretty blujsh leaves. Your gardens are so pristine! Perfect mulch-not a weed. Love you to fix my beds like yours!!!!!

    Ashley, Lovely dream! Id like to join you in your dream… the perfect garden tour…. choc ice cream & a rose petal hair do! Lol! What a dream!!!! Oh, My! You must have been in heaven!


    Did you ask about Abe? Abe has floppy blooms but love them!

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    2 days ago
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    Yes those are some of my sunflowers Kitty. I grow some every year, and I always have a few varieties at a time. I was eyeballing a new to me variety on a seed seller's website yesterday, in fact... As if I needed more.

    Ashley, I was actually wondering about amending the soil with it. My soil up in the front yard beds needs all the amending it can get, but I wonder if a ton of alfalfa will start sprouting everywhere if I do that. Edit, I just looked it up quickly, and it can be used as a seedless mulch so I guess I'll be spreading it all over a bit later in the year.

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  • Kitty6aNY
    2 days ago
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    Yolande de Aragon is so beautiful! I think she may be next to Comte de Chambord or Baron Prevost, top favs to order for spring 2023:. Dreaming about all these OGRs on Pininterest! Yolande gets a 8.5 rating from ARS which 2nd highest rating category under best!





    High Country Roses


    As I wait for Nahema, Jacque Cartier & Ardoisee de Lyon to bloom & Cornelia to arrive!

    Nahema CL arrived yesterday from “A Reverence for Roses.” Nice healthy!

    i have B&B guests tomorrow so I have planting of roses to do next week.

    Sheila, do you have Yolande? Anyone have her?

    Magpie, You are wild about sunflowers like me w/ OGRs. Never have enough! Lol!

    Mme Isaac Pereirre gets an ARS rating 8.4.

    Reine des Violettes -ARS rating 8.2

    Louis Odier ARS rating 8.3

    Jacque Cartier ARS rating 8.8 (near the best)

    Cornelia ARS rating 8.6

    The rest I cant find ARS ratings. I’d rate La Reine, Mme Dubost,, Ardoisee de L, high up there, too! All popular, healthy , & great performers!!!

    —————-—

    HEIRLOOM ROSES-FREE SHIPPING IN MANY ORDERS THIS WEEK-so less exoensive than Rogue Valley order!

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    2 days ago

    Sheila has a wonderful Yolande. And yes sunflowers are beautiful but I am mostly just fascinated by the number of species that the sunflowers support here. I look forward to the frenzy of bees, wasps and goldfinches on them each summer, plus it is a host plant for a certain native butterfly here that I forget the name of... Gorgon checkerspot maybe, must look it up again. Today I saw a large beetle burrowed into one of the sunflowers, eating it, and some weevils lay their eggs in the sunflowers as well. Squirrels enjoy the seeds in fall. You get the point lol, they are a popular plant for many species.

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  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
    2 days ago

    My baby rose that I found a couple of months ago just growing off by itself on it's on root ? I didnt plant it.

    She was about a foot away from Soul sister

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  • librarian_gardner_8b_pnw
    2 days ago
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    It's easy for me to get behind on this thread, it gets filled so quickly with wonderful photos and even more wonderful words from you all. I got to read some comments tonight and I just want to share my gratitude with you all. So talented and thoughtful and supportive and funny you all are. Sharing joys and challenges and hopes. I am so glad for this community.

    We went camping at an alpine lake in the Oregon Cascade Mountains this week and there were so many lovely wildflowers, i thought some of you may enjoy. Plus... For the penstemon lovers here, a few native penstemon!



    One penstemon



    Another penstemon

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  • librarian_gardner_8b_pnw
    2 days ago

    More wildflowers







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  • Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR
    2 days ago
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    Yes, Kitty, Yolande is wonderful. She has substance in spades.


  • rosecanadian
    Original Author
    2 days ago
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    Jim - your perennials are doing wonderfully...especially your coelus and your swan! So with your Kodiak Black Bush, the leaves start out green and then change to black? How cool!!

    AshleyFl - good dream...no monsters or walking into university naked or anything like that. LOL Just chocolate ice cream, roses and petal hair...I love it!!! :) :) Thank you!! :) :) Yes, that was Charles Darwin. Harry Wheatcroft's first day color is very pretty, and the bush looks great from far away with all the orange flowers. :) I think everyone should get a Nicole Carol Miller. :) :) :) So your Abe has floppy blooms like it did here. Ah well. :) :)

    Kitty - those Yolande pictures are gorgeous...I can see why you want one! :) How many guests do you have?

    Magpie - yes, I love supporting insects, etc. too...gives me a sense of wellbeing. :) I don't think Sunflowers will grow here...I think they have a taproot, so won't do well here. I used to love growing Sunflowers (different varieties) at my other houses. :) I'd love to see as many sunflower pics as you want to post. :)

    Kristine - so maybe it's a new variety? Did you leave a rose hip on Soul Sister that may have fallen on the ground when it was ripe? I think you should name it and consider a new rose!

    Librarian - yes, we're pretty lucky to have found each other here! What a great group of people!! Thanks for sharing the pictures of wildflowers and butterflies (moths?). I really liked one of the penstemons...the puffy one. :) :)


    We went hiking in the mountains today. Temperature was 17C/63F!!! Really great weather for a walk!! And it was breezy which kept the mosquitoes away. Took the dogs...saw a waterfall, crossed bridges...it was a lot of fun! Pictures to come. :) :)

  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
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    Magpie, Your pollinator sunflowers sound like a critter fantasy! So nutritious and inviting to so many wilflife species.

    Sheila, I think you are our OGR queen! I knew you’d have Yolanda-spectacular! Kinda tall & fabulous bloomer-Yolande! I think mine will be smaller as have to enure my freezes!!! Which is good-I like smaller. She sure has lushious blooms!!! ARS rating superb! Thank you for your lively photo!

    Carol, Thank you! A few guests this afternoon. Sounds luke your hike was heavenly! zlove waterfalks! Bet your dogs thought it is was the most fun ever! Hiking is heavenly! So happy to hear about your times w/ Kedra! Cherishing family!

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  • Ashley FL 9B
    yesterday

    Is there a trick to successfully growing sunflowers?

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  • Vaporvac Z6-OhioRiverValley
    yesterday

    Carol, so happy your enjoying time in nature with your daughter after all you travails. Sheil, LOVE YdA. This was a top fave at FreedomGardens a few years back when it first shot to the top of my list for fragrance and beauty. Kitty, it should be reliably hardy and seem to grow vigorously. Someday! :)Lots of critters these days, ve but the newest are SKUNKS! Theyve invaded the neighborhood and kept us from our run the other night. Now I know whos been disturbing my newly potted up cutting and bands. this year and last. I always though it was a raccoon, but definitely skunk. Very pretty, but I need to be aware at on runs. Thank goodness they only come out at night.


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  • librarian_gardner_8b_pnw
    yesterday
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    Ashley, for me it's putting our way more seed than I think I need so that the birds and squirrels don't dig up everything before it sprouts ... And slug bait, lots of slug bait so that the sprouts don't ask get eaten by the slugs and snails.

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  • Vaporvac Z6-OhioRiverValley
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    1. In sad rose news, Im removing my favorite ClPinkie due to RRD. She was a phoenix, growing to monstrous proportions in her last spot which was probably her undoing as she scaled a mock orange out of sight. The first and last to bloom each year in spectacular fashion, I will miss her. Setina and Christian J met a similar fate nearby last year so Im rethinking my plans to place Brise Parfume on that wall instead of Gold Blush. I need to take cuttings of the rarer Jerabek roses that were adjacent and cross my fingers they arent infected. I havent been able to locate the source What a scourge. Uggh!
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  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
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    Librarian , which lake did you guys go to ?

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    Carol, you could be right. This looks more petal packed than Soul Sister.

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  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    yesterday
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    Thanks everyone!

    So sorry to hear Vaporvac! Hope you soon locate the source!

    Can't wait to see your pics Carol! :-)

    Wonderful photos everyone! I always enjoy!

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  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    yesterday

    I don't know any tricks to growing sunflowers. They self sow like crazy in my garden, I rip them out by the handful in spring and the remaining ones grow to huge proportions. It's nothing that I've done to make them grow like that, they just like it here. The weedy "ditch sunflowers" grow all over the sides of the roads here, too, I'll try to get a photo one day because it's beautiful. My neighbors always say not to grow them because they are such heavy feeders, but I don't think that's true. I mean year after year they grow to like 8x8 out of cracks in my patio, or in the dog run area, in the horrible soil up front, on the disturbed sides of road. They don't seem to require much nutrition at all 🤷🏽‍♀️ the spots they've performed the best for me were the worst spots in the garden (where they are often banished to because they just get so big).

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  • Ashley FL 9B
    yesterday

    Interesting, Magpie. They sprout under my bird feeder, but I don't let them grow there. We have straight up gray sugar sand here. Maybe I should just leave them alone then & see what happens.

    rosecanadian thanked Ashley FL 9B
  • rosecanadian
    Original Author
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Kitty - Are you still loving being a host to guests? :) Yes, the hike was heavenly, and I'm so glad my Achilles' held up. Yes, the dogs had so much fun! They had to be on leash, but that's okay. Kedra goes home tomorrow, but we had a really, really good visit. :) :)

    Vaporvac - I smell skunks in our yard sometimes at night through the open window. So far they haven't done anything. Hopefully, you won't get up and personal with a skunk by accident on your run. :) :) Yes, so much fun with Kedra!! :) :) So you're thinking that when the roses pass the top of the wall, they're getting infected by mites that float by? What a shame. :( :( And Cl.Pinkie is such a fabulous rose...awash with blooms. I'm so sorry. :(

    Kristine - what a beauty!! I'm so glad you potted it up. :) :) You could call it Solar Flare. :)

    Magpie - it's great to have sunflowers growing in spots that nothing will grow in. :) :) Bonus!

    My dogs and me. :) :)


    Don and Teddy


    Kedra...the doctor...so young looking






    Dogs watching Kedra.



    Don and I are going to go by ourselves...there are so many trails and some are even closer. This took an hour to get to. :)

  • Vaporvac Z6-OhioRiverValley
    yesterday

    So jealous. but happy for you!! What a trooper!!!1

  • Ashley FL 9B
    yesterday

    Awesome Carol! How fun!

  • rosecanadian
    Original Author
    yesterday

    Thanks Vaporvac and AshleyFl!!! :) :) We live so close to the mountains and we're not taking advantage of it. We're going to do more hiking. And the weather was wonderful!!

  • Ashley FL 9B
    yesterday

    You might like the AllTrails phone app then. You can find trails, research them, read reviews, look at other hiker's photos, then use GPS to navigate the trail, dowload maps in case you loose signal, upload your own photos, etc. It's fun. ;).

  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    yesterday

    Those are great family photos, Carol, and I'm glad to hear that everything went so well. Happy for you!!


    Help me, I went into the store for seed starting mix and came out with 4 new seed packets lol.

  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
    yesterday

    Carol, you look like you arw about 30. You looks so young that is why Kedra looks young because her mom does. Good genes.

    I think we all loved seeing Don, the mighty pot mover.

    What a beautiful spot to hike!


    Vap, dang, what a sad loss

    I hope that is the end of it for you.


    Magpie, we will crown you the Qween of sunflowers.



  • Kitty6aNY
    yesterday
    last modified: yesterday

    Kristine, Your Found Rose is exquisite! Love her bright & creamy bi-tone yellow old garden rose petals! looks like a historic rose! Whete did you find it? Your rose is so healthy, too-very green leaves-vibrant bloom! How long have you had her & how tall is she? Wow, what a prize to find.

    Vapor, Thank you about Yolande, vigorous, growing & big blooms! love it! Oh, My, the skunks! I saw one run across my street couple yesrs ago…. woods way back in distance…. pretty funny, it dissappeared! Good! Hope yours disappears, too! Sorry about Pinkie. I think the source is the ”East Coast!” Lol! We get it in my neighborhood, too. I see several people have Dr Huey & they dont know it. If everyone took better care of their roses, maybe we could get rid of it????

    Carol, Enchanting photos of you , Don, Kedra & your 2 pooches. hiking! Lovely family photos! So much fun- what a joy to hike w/ family!!! Lovely location-gorgeous river photo! Dogs look so happy! Nice hair cuts on Zephr & Teddy! Kedra is a darling daughter!

  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    yesterday

    Very nice photos rosecanadian! Looks like your all enjoying yourselves!

    Even the doggies! :-)

    Gracie says hello!


    Elfin Swan windflower: open bloom





  • Stephanie, 9b inland SoCal
    yesterday

    Kristine, how fun to find a seedling in your garden! She is a beautiful deep yellow.
    Some asked about my Madame Alfred Carriere, she is lightly rose scented but the leaves have a spicy fragrance that lingers on your hands when you dead head and prune and I love this! I use a step-stool to prune the height down to 6 feet. Her blooms are on long stems and she gets mild powdery mildew through June. Now that it’s drier the mildew has mostly gone.

  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    yesterday

    Photos from today:

    Here are some of the sunflowers, 5'-8' tall, these bloom later so they're just starting. These are from the dog run area which is north facing and basically completely neglected besides pet clean-up and occasional mowing.



    Some zinnias:


    Some cosmos:


    Assorted small flowers:


    Laguna:


    Le Petit Prince:


  • Stephanie, 9b inland SoCal
    yesterday

    Ooooh! Those sunflowers ARE huge!

  • jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.
    20 hours ago

    Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b), flowers galore! :-) Very nice!

  • Kristine LeGault 8a pnw
    20 hours ago

    Magpie, everything is a riot of color and textures. It is a happy welcoming place.

  • Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b)
    16 hours ago

    Thank you :) I am pleased with what's blooming right now. And recently I've started collecting water from my shower in a 5gal bucket (I let the water run until it gets warm, which I know is very wasteful and I don't know why it never occurred to me before to just catch the cold water in a bucket) and each day between everyone's showers I collect 3-4 gallons. I've been hauling the water down to the garden each day and giving one or two roses (or veggies or clems) that extra water and it has helped so much. It's definitely spurred on the growth of the roses, within a few days after the extra water I can see new vigorous growth, even on roses that have been dormant since their spring flush ended. It gives me hope that I can use this extra water to bulk to roses up and hopefully help them reach their size and bloom potential here. Moving the water sucks because it's heavy but hey I'm going to keep it up while I can.

  • seasiderooftop
    2 hours ago

    Good morning everyone!

    Here's Rosomane Janon, doing very well in the heat. These blooms opened on Saturday morning and are still looking good, not to mention the delicious scent! More to come, she's still small but her canes are loaded with clusters of buds.


    In an unbelievable twist of events, we may be getting RAIN this week. We usually never get rain until October so this would be very unusual for here. They are saying scattered showers from Wednesday till the weekend... I hope it's true!


    @Sheila z8a Rogue Valley OR Your Yolande d'Aragon is magnificent! Wow!!

    @Mischievous Magpie (CO 5b) Le Petit Prince has such a beautiful color in your garden ! Lovely lilac shade!

    @Kristine LeGault 8a pnw I love your mytstery rose! If that's a spontaneous seedling you sure got lucky. What a gorgeous bloom!