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We've had the lush spring flush of the roses, and they are currently resting up for their next blooming.  The photo of their blooms remain, however.  It's been hot and mostly dry, so harvest is in full swing for wheat.  We'd had such a long winter, we thought harvest would be late, but plenty of rain and hot temperatures made up for lost time.  I may have some photos of combines in action once I check my camera.  I was driving down the highway, snapping away, but I haven't looked to see if I captured anything.  I don't look at my camera as I'm driving, so I never know what I've photographed until I download.  It really is a bad habit, but I'm probably a better driver then, because I'm so overly attentive.  I'd never accept that excuse from my children, though!

This area used to be where I plunked flowers my daughter liked, and she called it Gorgeous Pretty Flower Land, or somesuch.  All of the pretty little bulbs were dug up by squirrels, and I accidentally "weeded" the Stargazer Lilies.  Then the roses took over.  There are still some ruffly iris growing there, and it's an ideal situation, as they used to always flop over.  Now, the roses hold them up.  In return, the iris beautify the area before the roses decide to bloom.  I've taken to calling it the Assisi Garden, because of a statue of the saint which resides at the other end.

The centerpiece of the latticed area is Excellenz von Schubert.

He was supposed to be fragrant, but my clone isn't.  I am beginning to suspect that he is really Gartendirektor Otto Linne in disguise.  He is healthy and attractive, so he isn't going to be thrust out of the garden.  It certainly is representative of how gardening is less of a science than an art.  No matter of planning and knowledge can overcome the foibles of nature and misrepresented roses.  Gardeners must adapt, adapt, adapt!

At least the roses flanking faux-EvS are fragrant.  Sweet Chariot is classified as a miniature, but as you can see, she's a very robust mini!  SC is a Ralph S. Moore bred rose.  Moore started breeding roses while still in high school!  When I first began growing roses, I was interested in miniatures (Moore's speciality), and I planted quite a few of them.  My two Sweet Chariots are the only ones left.  Our winters are too cold for most minis; Mr. Bojo can wipe them out with one stomp; and I decided I like giant roses best.  For the record, I didn't dig up or kill the minis--they left on their own.  Usually, the only reason I remove a rose is for disease.  *narrows eyes and reconsiders Cardinal Hume*

At the far right of the previous photo is Jude the Obscure.  He had a hard time with last year's drought and scorching weather.  I water new roses their first year, but then I expect them to buck up and manage on their own.  Jude could have used a little water last year.  If we have a repeat this summer, I'll be kind and give him a weekly drink.  I wouldn't want to lose him.

During cooler temperatures, he is a deeper apricot.

Most of the time, however, he is a creamy apricot.  They say his fragrance is myrrh, which some people dislike.  I love it.  Jude's a very smelly boy.

Past Jude, you can see the supporting post for Buff Beauty.  We had a beautiful specimen there, but we had to whack her to pieces when we resided the house.  Hopefully, in a few more years, the new BB will fill that area in nicely.

My Jackmanii clematis is nowhere near that color!  It's a dark bluish purple, but that's what the camera sees at sunrise.

The sun was just clearing the houses to the east of us.

We won't travel further down Assisi where the tiny Buff Beauty struggles.  Let's move to the opposite end of the latticed area where some pretty pink roses lean into the picture.  Rose photo bomb!

This is Aloha, possibly my favorite rose.  We'll visit her area of the garden next!
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Date: 2013-06-23 10:39 pm (UTC)
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I have the most trouble with red. Usually, purple is no trouble, but the red rays of sunrise transformed my purples!

Date: 2013-06-23 12:50 pm (UTC)
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You re-sided the house!!! It took me ages to understand what you meant. LOL. I thought you meant you lived in your house and I'm thinking "well... yeah... of course you do, but that's no reason to destroy a rose!" LOL

Date: 2013-06-23 11:00 pm (UTC)
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2430 siding over garage near view 2002

2430 siding by NW corner 2002

2430 siding by faucet 2002

2430 siding over garage 20Applewood A-siding by NW corner 200202

PSIMG_7243 Siding on house

I'm an American! I don't use superfluous hyphens and throw a "u" into random words for the fun of it. I use all those extra spaces for exclamation marks. :D

When we bought our home, so much work needed to be done. The siding was like wet cardboard--you could poke a pencil through it. Mr. Bojo, Bojojr, and a friend worked on residing for a year (and got three sides done), and then we hired some people to finish the back of the home. We used a concrete composite, so we shouldn't have that problem ever again in our lifetime.

I'm thinking I should send you one of our dictionaries, but you'd have to send me one of yours in exchange! (Do you call them dickies?) I amuse myself.

Date: 2013-06-23 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You have the most beautiful gardens I have seen!

Date: 2013-06-23 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
They are grand in spring and then they suffer through summer. The garden gladdens when cooler autumn weather appears, and then the show is over when we have our first hard freeze. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in an area of the country where I could have roses blooming all year. I'd probably take them for granted then. I never do, here. I spend every moment I can outdoors with the roses in spring while they are in their full beauty.

Thank you for your kind words!

Date: 2013-06-23 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Jude the Obscure really is a beautiful rose.

I currently only have one cream miniature in bloom - but it came from the supermarket labelled 'rose' so I have no idea what it is!

Date: 2013-06-23 11:12 pm (UTC)
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Jude smells just as heavenly as he looks--maybe better!

I used to buy those minis in the supermarket. They managed the heat of our summers, but they were unappreciative of our winters. I could have helped them survive if I covered them from the cold, but my gardening philosophy doesn't include coddling. Those minis were so cute and appealing that it took me several years to wean myself away from plonking them into my shopping basket, hoping for a different result.

Date: 2013-06-23 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Lovely photos, I always enjoy your pictures! Your home looks so nice.

Date: 2013-06-23 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you. Our home has been a great deal of work--it was in shabby shape when we got it--but it's very comfortable and pleasant now.

Date: 2013-06-24 01:02 am (UTC)
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This post delights my heart and soul and is one of the most visually pleasing I've ever seen. I would like to live in a slightly more temperate climate to have roses last longer and grow heartier but our dry and extreme heat really cut the season back.

I love Jude...I've never had one that color!

Date: 2013-06-24 02:28 am (UTC)
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Jude the Obscure is a David Austen rose, and he has been a fine rose in my garden. My roses go nearly dormant during July--when it is so hot and dry.

IMG_6376 - Jude the Obscure and Buff Beauty

I have Jude in a bed with Buff Beauty and Elina. It's a sea of soft yellows and apricots. Or it used to be before we had to move roses out to reside the house. Jude and Elina didn't mind being whacked back, but Buff Beauty sulked and wouldn't recover. We've replaced her, but climbing roses are so slow to establish--especially when our growing season has been unduly hot and dry.

Creams, yellows, and apricots haven't been a color I've consciously cultivated, but I've enjoyed them. I also have Tamora, a small David Austen with beautiful apricot roses.

Date: 2013-06-24 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My roses do go dormant in July and August. I do get Fall bloomings but extreme heat really makes them suffer and Spring is just about all we get with any kind of abundance of blooms.

I love David Austens but have to order them directly from England at great expense if I want any. I may treat myself this coming season.

I want to put up a trellis or two.

Date: 2013-06-24 11:54 am (UTC)
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Again, lovely roses! So do you just let nature water your garden? Those are hearty flowers!

Date: 2013-06-24 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Our springs give the roses plenty of water. Summer is rougher. To be nice, we should water weekly when we have 100° weather, but that doesn't always happen. Last year, we could see that we couldn't fight the drought and heat and basically let things get to almost the extinction point with very little additional watering. Most of our grass died, but when autumn came we reseeded. Thankfully, most of our old roses survived. Our new ones didn't.

Date: 2013-06-24 02:23 pm (UTC)
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You are just blowing my preconceived notions about roses out of the water.

Date: 2013-06-25 08:14 am (UTC)
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Stop to consider that there are roses growing in old abandoned cemeteries. They survive without any care. There are rosarians who "rustle" roses--they look for roses in abandoned places:

"We went to see a wonderful 1822 log house up on a bluff," she remembers. "It was about to be moved off the site and lord, it was covered with clapboard and no one had lived there since 1940. Out front were two old rose bushes. Here it was August, in the middle of a three-year drought, and these rose bushes were blooming their heads off. I thought, what am I doing trying to pamper my roses when this one here ain't even been cared for since 1940?"

You just have to be very careful to choose the right rose for your area. If you do that and give it the right spot (needs sun), enough water the first year, and a little food, your rose should be happy.

Date: 2013-06-26 03:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Both of those were very interesting to read. Those are the kinds of roses I want, something you'd imagine finding in Mary Lenox's secret garden.

Date: 2013-06-27 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Such color! Such beauty! Love the aloha!

Date: 2013-06-27 11:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It's such a perfect rose that I had to plant two!


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