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THE FIRST OF MAY AFTER A STORMY NIGHT!

Well, Renee and I survived two heavy hail storms, three thunder storms  and a hell of a lot of rain last night and just a little water leaked into the basement.

And most of all, surprisingly, the roses in full bloom weren’t ripped to pieces…DSC02189

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THE LAST ROSE OF FALL – 10/25/15

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RENEE’S STORMY SUNDAY SEVENTH BIRTHDAY

Well, what do you expect when it’s Sunday, Mother’s Day, Renee’s birthday, the month of May and the mid-west. The only other thing to expect are the storms. And we had them! Friday! Saturday! Sunday! And a little bit this morning!

StormySundayThat’ what the eastern skies look like after the torential rain showers, thunder and lightening moved overhead and out of Missouri and into Illinois Sunday afternoon as I was preparing to eat dinner. (It was tamale pie and very tasty, too!)TamalePie Mlle. Renee (who was celebrating her seventh birthday didn’t join me for dinner) because as soon as the thunder she hightailed it into my room and the safety of my bed.Renee's7thBD

That’s what she always does!

After the rain stopped I went outside to see if the roses had survived to brighten another day.PinkRoses

A bit soggy, but totally pretty and pink.

It’s Monday, And Everything Is Coming Up Roses Around Here!

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And not single roses either!  They’re coming in clusters this year. Yes, there is over a dozen individual red roses in this cluster!  DSC09922

And PINK! Only the pink bushes have smaller clusters.

And I have no idea what I did to make them grow like that this year. Well, I was very late in trimming the bushes back this year … well, it is too cold to get outside and do it any earlier this year.

I can hardly wait for the lilies to start blooming.  They have tons of buds, too!

WORDLESS WEDNESDAYS … SPRING RAINDROPS

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MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 218 – AUGUST 6, 2013

MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR TUESDAY, DAY 218: It isn’t raining rain you know, but some of the angels forgot to turn the shower off. Enough said.

MY ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE: BEACH ROSEDSCF0895

Gee, it actually wasn’t so hard to fold, and after I completed it I went on to the second day challenge to complete it.DSCF0896

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And now the Mensa Puzzle:DSCF0902

A VIEW FROM ABOVE …

I’ve made several posts about the rose bushes I planted in the front beds last spring. But they have always been side views taken from the front lawn. Today we had a lot of rain, and I was checking out the beds from the front veranda. (Ok, so I decided to get fancy and call the front porch a veranda. One of the definitions of porch happens to be veranda. Admittedly, it would have been somewhat pretentious if I called it  a porche or porticos.) Anyway, I was looking at the garden from above, and the flowers seemed more impressive.This is one of the hot pink bushes. Since the fall rains started the blossoms are larger and fuller.

This is one of the red bushes.The raindrops in the close-up gives the blossoms a sort of dew drop effect.

Now I have to go buy a special pruning shears to shape the plants next February. I’m so satisfied with the roses, I plan to replace the lilies at the end of each bed with another rose-bush. The lilies couldn’t take the heat we had this year, and the blossoms wilted before they even had a chance to open.

And that’s how my garden grows … along the veranda.

 

 

EVERYTHING’S COMING UP ROSES!

In spite of the intense heat of summer  plus the extreme extended drought, the landscape roses I planted in the front beds have just grown.They’re three feet tall and three feet around.  And covered with blossoms from top to bottom.