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You'd think the Compost Garden was the homeliest planting area in the yard.  You'd be wrong!  But before we go further, allow me to introduce you to Cardinal Hume.  I like his purplish-red blooms, but he has a tendency to blackspot and he is sprawly.

He is paired in the Marriage Bed with Mrs. Price.

Mrs. Price is a dainty little thing.  She's the kind of plant that makes people question that she is a rose. Being snuggled by the afflicted Cardinal Hume usually ends up with Mrs. Price becoming naked at the end of the growing season.  They've been together since we built the bed, so I'm loathe to separate them, but it's not a healthy relationship.

Mrs. Price was sent by error instead of Else Poulsen.  I've planted a number of imposters over the years!  The most eggregious was a huge, gangly swamp rose that was supposed to be a delicate, demure Maiden's Blush.  When they are just canes (especially bareroots), there's no way to tell until until the first bloom.  Then, surprise!  And you hope that you have it planted in an appropriate spot!

And now for the plainest garden:  The Garden of Weedin'.  Bojoette named it.  To be fair, it gets better later in the year when the lavender blooms, some monarda pops up, and that rounded green plant in the foreground blooms tiny white flowers.  A friend gave me that plant, and I don't recall what it is.  The centerpiece of the bed is an unusual rose.  It's in bloom, can't you tell?

I don't think many people grow the Green Rose, which is a shame.  It's extremely healthy in my garden.  It's been dated back to 1827.

Finally, a photo of my new range with two ovens.  I'd be baking cookies right now if our air conditioner wasn't broken, but I don't want to heat up the house.  I'll have to freeze those over-ripe bananas until we get the a/c back.  The a/c isn't only broken--it's shot.  We have to replace the whole thing.  When the HVAC guy looked at our furnace, he told us it needed to be replaced at the same time.  He also said that our units were undersized, and we needed to up-size our duct work.  I had 99 projects planned for this summer, but this wasn't one of them!

My dear husband was waiting for bids on the work, and he remarked if a certain one came back with a reasonable price, we'd do that.  Frankly, we've been fortunate that the last six days haven't been absolutely miserable, so I'm all for a/c even if it isn't reasonable!  See, there's a need for there to be two of us.  We balance out the logical and crazy pretty well, and we take turns at it.

Date: 2013-06-04 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can see Cardinal Basil Hume smiling gently at that description of him as he was a good man.

Your new cooker is very like mine - except I have no knobs to clean! Hurrah! Mine has a digital touch pad instead. Are double ovens unusual in the USA? They are more or less the default in Britain, it is unusual to find one with only a single one unless it is a very cheap one.

As for the AC needing replacing - bother! At least it is one problem we are not going to have.

Date: 2013-06-05 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LJ is playing mean tricks on me. I answered you and Lorelei, but my answers have disappeared. Frank would make a fine MLT sandwich! I'd eat it with gusto. And a little mustard.

I'm glad Cardinal Hume was remembered with a rose of such a rich color. He spots in my yard, but our climate is very tough on most roses. I'm sure he is fabulous in kinder areas. It's very nice that the rose was created in 1984 so that the Cardinal was aware of the honor bestowed upon him. I think it makes more sense to honor people when they are with us rather than posthumously.

Here, nicer kitchens have double wall ovens and a built-in cooktop.
Average homes have a range with a single oven, and that's what I've always owned to this point. It's going to be such a luxury to cook two items with different temperatures rather than try to find an intermediate that won't burn the one or leave the other raw in the middle!

Bojojr and I researched induction stoves, and I would have liked to try one, but the price was prohibitive. No knobs would have been nice, but I'm happy with what I've got!

I'd be baking cookies (no added sugar/high fiber/high protein) right now, but it's too humid and muggy. Looks like we're in for some severe weather again tonight. Poor Oklahoma is scheduled for it, too. It's as though the worst stuff has been confined to Oklahoma this year, and it hasn't crossed state lines (although the people affected by tornadoes in Kansas would disagree with that, but statistically we've seemed to have fewer).

July 2012 Weather photo July2012WeatherTemperature.png
I lived for 23 years without air conditioning. I'm willing to admit that I'm a wussy modern woman. I want my air conditioning. Mr. Bojo was talking about a project I was working on upstairs, and I informed him that all work on that had stopped until the house was cooler! Upstairs is always much warmer, anyway. Thank goodness the a/c went out now instead of July or August.
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Date: 2013-06-05 02:47 am (UTC)
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I think the Green Rose looks alien! Mutant is about right.

I do, too! I'm adjusting to the cooktop, but I'm saving more oven work until the a/c is fixed!

Date: 2013-06-04 01:27 pm (UTC)
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I am thinking that your whole yard must be full of scent.

Date: 2013-06-05 02:49 am (UTC)
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The backyard smells delicious. The peonies in the front yard are very smelly, but they are almost too sweet!

It depends on the humidity and heat on whether some roses have much fragrance. There are times Sweet Chariot is amazing, and there are other times when I don't detect much scent. Aloha is always, always a delight to smell.

Date: 2013-06-04 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh I love the oven! What kind is it. I looked at one like that a while back.

As always the flowers are gorgeous!

Date: 2013-06-05 02:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is what we got, and I'm really surprised at that price, because we got it on sale and with discounts and rebates for about $1225. I obviously got a good deal! It's the nicest range I've ever had.


Date: 2013-06-04 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am really enjoying your tour around the roses. I love the way you write about them.

I am a bit jealous of your stove.

Date: 2013-06-05 03:11 am (UTC)
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I'm so glad. I know I'm a bit dotty about my roses. Once my son came outside, and when he saw me, he turned to go back in the house. I called out to him, and he apologized for interrruping, saying, "I didn't realize you were having a moment with your roses. Don't let me interrupt!" Silly boy. I was just encouraging Mister Lincoln to hang in there and not die, but he ended up not making it.

I know! I'm incredulous about my stove! Finally, I have a window for my oven. I love that so much! And more than one burner that works. Luxury!

Date: 2013-06-05 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It finally got hot enough here to turn on the AC.

Smoke from the fires upwind were raining ash down on our balcony and my sinuses couldn't handle the air quality anymore. Down went the windows and up went the utility bill.

Totally worth it.

Date: 2013-06-05 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Are those wildfires? Our farmers burn wheat stubble at the first of July, and that's hard on my asthmatic lungs, but that's just a part of living around farming.

Date: 2013-06-06 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. We have about 4000 acres burning to the north of us and around 4000 more acres burning to the south. Spring and winter were too dry and now everything is basically kindling.

Fortunately it's not close enough to us to have to evacuate. The fire they had 2 years ago left an enormous scar that is actually sort of protecting us. The fire to the south would have to climb up huge cliffs to get here and it's pretty far away anyhow.

We're not in any danger - it just stinks and the sky is raining ash.
Edited Date: 2013-06-06 05:37 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-06-10 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank goodness you have a natural firebreak with the old fire. Still, it's hard to breath in those circumstances.

Date: 2013-06-05 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I hope you get your AC back least before it starts really heating up there.

ALL your gardens are gorgeous, and they have very cool names. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the green rose, but it certainly is unique. :-)

I LOVE your new range. I have double ovens also, and I know you're really going to appreciate having them.

Date: 2013-06-05 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's hot enough. I'm crankypants without my a/c.

The Green Rose is an acquired taste! She grows on you.

It's so nice to use the tiny one!

Date: 2013-06-05 01:27 pm (UTC)
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Your green rose is unusual! I had no idea there were roses like that.

Love the new ovens! I know Jon wants one like that with the two.

I hope you get your a/c fixed soon!

Oh, and your sunglasses-wearing frog prince cracks me up!

Date: 2013-06-10 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are so many kinds of roses--fuzzy buds (moss), teeny-tiny, monster roses than can eat houses...

I love having the tiny oven. It's so nice not to heat up a big oven with just a dozen cookies.

Bumberjean slipped those glasses on him several years ago, and he's worn them ever since!

Date: 2013-06-08 12:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice range!

Date: 2013-06-10 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love it!


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