From Solstice to Sultry

I think there’s just something about a cascade of clematis which makes me think summer.  Add in 80+ degree days and you have the perfect combination for sitting on the “We” bench and sipping pink lemonade, watching bees and butterflies do their thing. We have two varieties of clematis (both purple beauties) climbing the wall and then cascading down in our upper garden. They’ve really taken hold this year.

The rose bush we planted two summers ago, is also putting forth it’s little delicate blooms.  These aren’t the bold hybrid roses, everyone expects.  This is one which doesn’t require any extra fuss in the winter, and just does the simple blooms that nature originally intended.  It’s in front of the clematis, so it is a delicate counterpoint.  Here are all the pics, remember to click the thumbnail to get a bigger version:

May 2008 – is a Rose a Rose?

When we picked Rose for the May choice, we had no idea how tough it would be. I mean, we know Merlin loves roses, because we can’t bring them home. Mmmm, they are tasty and worth any effort to get to, no matter where you put them. He doesn’t care about thorns, they are no issue. He’ll do anything to get to the nummy flower. No place is out of reach for a determined problem solver. So we envisioned he would home in on the boxes laid out before him, and it would be a lively session.

We set down one box of Keshava (Rose & Geranium) Incense and one box of Valley of Roses.

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