Sunday, November 14, 2010

Weekend Hodgepodge

I almost always have a camera in my pocket.  The weather was beautiful today, making for quite a few photo opportunities to share.

It has been a while since I shared roses with you.  (It's also been months and months since I participated in Garden Bloggers Bloom Day over at May Dreams Gardens.  Follow the link and run over there once you finish here, and you can see what other garden bloggers have blooming in their gardens today.)  We have had frost here most mornings for the past week, but there are still roses to see.  Some of the ones still blooming today are ...

This is 'Awakening'.  It is a sport (mutation) of New Dawn ... the flowers have about twice as many petals as New Dawn, which make them very full and romantic looking.  It is a rose which deserves to be better known.  I'm doing what I can to make that happen.

I am fascinated by a climber that I bought a few years ago as 'Heidelberg'.  (It may not be.)  This rose is blooming like crazy ... with bright red flowers along with ripe orange hips.  The combination is intriguing and beautiful.

Another climber that is putting on a show is the fabulous 'Compassion'.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about this rose ... look at this spray of flowers.  It's a ready-made bouquet!  I wish you could smell the sweet fragrance.

Today was Day 5 of working on the garden of English Roses by the barn.  Yesterday, my friend Robert came over and we sorted through the roses and placed each one in its correct spot.  He dug all the holes, I planted half of the roses, and I felt like we made great progress.  Today, I finished planting the roses, I raked out the extra soil from the holes, and The Husband began to cut the timbers that will border the beds.

The harsh, low-angle, late autumn sunlight makes it a challenge to photograph outdoors.  Tomorrow is supposed to be cloudy, so perhaps I can get some better shots then.  (Look how tiny the roses are!)

As I walked back to the house, I loved the long shadows and the sunlight on the side of the house, and the contrasts between the blue sky and the brown bricks. 

The late afternoon sun lit the brown leaves of the large oak tree in our front yard, making it glow.  These leaves will probably all be on the lawn by the end of next week.

While The Husband and I were working outside, the cats were in the house doing what cats do.  Amy was holding down her position on her quilt on the church pew in the dining room.

Alice was keeping watch from the family room window sill.

Maggie and Dorothy napped together on the down throw on the sofa.

We will spend the evening watching hockey (Did you know that I am a serious hockey fan?) and having Vinnie's stromboli with beer for dinner.  It's a perfect way to end the weekend.

Did you have a nice weekend?

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog.)


  1. I have to say I don't think your cat was doing a very good job of watching you out the window. I think I like the late autumn low angle sun in your photos - it gives them lots of interest in the shadows and lots of golden light. What a huge project you have undertaken with the new beds.

  2. What wonderful photos. I love the second shot with the red against the yellow house in the background.

  3. Great post. I love the "Awakening" rose. Jim from the "Gaudy Gardener" suggested that I check your website out, and then I find you here for GBBD! You have some beautiful roses and the English Rose garden layout looks great....

  4. I like the late autumn low angle sun too.
    Lovely roses, and lovely cats.

  5. Cats have a 'different' way of keeping on top of the situation.

    That building in the background of the photo of 'Heidelberg?' is our detached garage. Want to make your husband REALLY happy ... design and build him a heavenly garage. While I was working in the garden Saturday, he was clearing out the season's accumulation of crap from his garage.

    Redneck and Mac, and whoever else will come afterward, I would love to send a personal reply to thanking you for your kind comments and, perhaps, personal replies that I wouldn't publish publicly, but neither of you have your email enabled. :(

    Thank you very much for the kind compliments. I think and design using pictures in my head, and I carry my camera everywhere to try to capture those pictures so everyone else can see them.

    The cats thank you, too.

  6. Beautiful roses but I have a soft spot for the animals. Cute sleeping kitties. Actually, sleeping is the best kind of kitty. I have two, so I know of what I speak. Little devils they can be.

  7. Yes, 'Awakening' just hit my list to be ordered next spring.

  8. Love seeing all those cozy cats. And your oak tree in full fall color is delightful. And yeah, roses are pretty sweet too.

  9. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  10. Beautiful roses! And those are some mighty hardworking cats!

  11. I am glad you are doing an English rose garden. These were tauted as easy to grow, disease resistant, fragrant and free blooming. I think very few have held up well in a southern climate. Maybe you could sort through them for us to let us know which ones to promote and which to compost.

  12. love that rolling landscape of yours! That garden is going to be absolutely gorgeous!

  13. I can't wait to see the English Roses. I have a lot of them and most do very well.


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