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Thursday, June 7, 2012

A ROSEY WORLD

Hello dear friends! The roses are beginning to bloom here at Sweet Briar Cottage in spite of the fact that the temperature have rarely reached the seventy degree mark this year.  I think the cool weather has been beneficial to them,because the canes are just loaded with buds, especially the New Dawn on the arbor.   The rose pictures above is Zephrine Drouhin, a wonderful climber as you see  and it grows in the shade.  Did I mention that it smells heavenly too? 

On the subject of heavenly scents,  the rose  at the right started out as Heaven Scent, but after years of harsh winters, it had to be cut back.  I guess I must have been a bit prune-happy because what was once a pretty yellow rose, is now this dark red rose.  Guess I pruned it back to it's original root stock.  Ah well!  Whatever it is, it is certainly hardy and loves to climb.    A truly wonderful climber is Paul's Himalayan  Musk, pictured below.  Such dainty sweet blooms and a can it climb!  Up to fourty feet!  I'm hoping that it will someday grow high enough to ramble over the top of the roof.
Soon the New Dawns and Evelyns  will bloom.  Then everyone will know why our house is called Sweet Briar Cottage. 

Speaking of rose covered cottages, I have a book recommendation that's perfect for summertime reading, Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart. It's supposed to be a mystery, but you certainly don't have to be Agatha Christie to figure it out by the first few chapters.  It's just a sweet little bit of fluff, with one of the nicest of endings.  And it's a lot cheaper than a plane ticket to the Cotswolds. It's been ever so long since I've read a book that I've loved.  Lately, I've been just slogging through books, trying to give them a chance by reading the first one hundred pages, then figuring since I have that much invested in them, I might as well see it out to the end.  When I truly love a book, I can imagine myself right into the action.  I have a very rich imagination, that's why I can see cute little cottages in run-down shacks, much to my husband's consternation!

 Imagining life as you'd like it is such a wonderful catalyst for attaining your dreams.  I'd like to imagine myself as a proper lady that wears wellies and tweed skirts while she gardens.  And I'd look fetching in a sun hat instead of looking like Ma Barker.  When people stopped by, I'd say, "Darling, you must simply stay for tea!", although I've never called anyone darling in my life and we never have any tea in the house, except for Ran's Arnold Palmers. Oh and did I mention, I'd look and sound like Greer Garson while I did these things?  Well, I'll never look like Greer, but at least I can match my gardening clothes and perhaps find a hat that's a tad bit more flattering  as I wheel my barrow about.  What is life without hopes, dreams and goals?

I leave you with one of the philosophies of my life, put to word much more eloquently by Emerson, then I could ever say:





"Never lose an opportunity of seeing
anything that is beautiful
for beauty is God's handwriting
- a wayside sacrament.
Welcome it in every fair face,
in every fair sky,
in every fair flower,
and thank God for it as
a cup of blessing."
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                                                          ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson~

 




36 comments:

  1. Dear Sweet Jane ~ I love your roses and now can see the reason for the name Sweet Briar Cottage.

    I love that quote. I believe I've read The Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart. I love books like that. This morning I just finished 'The Shack'. Lots of jewels of truth in that book. It did my heart, mind and spirit wonderfully good.

    Have a great day. Your temps sound wonderful. It is very warm and steamy down here.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Hi Rainey! This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the roses. It's still early here for the big show. I'll never be able to compete with your garden. Thanks for the book recommendation! I'm so tired of reading dreary tomes!

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  2. Hi Jane...! Ha...no I wasn't hinting...I was just afraid you might've been composing a post as I was writing on your last one..ha..You did have tons of comments there though! I thought I'd just go ahead and write, and then I could just write again...as I am never shy of words!

    Your roses are beautiful! That is funny about the yellow one turning red...because my yellow one has a couple red shoots this year! And the book does look like perfect summer reading...I put it on my amazon list. I am a dreamer too. I grew up in a rural area and since there wasn't much to do, I'd sit for many hours reading everything I could find at our tiny borough library that was in a garage. (It had mostly nice, old novels that people donated.)

    It sounds like you'd do good living on an English countryside....or Irish. (One of our favorite movies is Leap Year..I could imagine living there). love,andrea

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    1. Yeah, Andrea, the comments section seems to be the place people communicate with me. I'd love to just post a question, like "what's your happiest summer memory?"and have everyone write something. Wouldn't that be fun? My childhood library was in an old captain's home. The children section was located in the sun porch. I used to ask to use the restroom because I was fascinated by the pull chain toilet and clawfoot tub. It had a wide staircase with red floral carpeting. How I loved it! Leap Year,huh? Never heard of it, but I'll have to check it out!

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  3. What a thoughtful post. I love your sense of humour, Ma Barker! Your photos are beautiful (who doesn't love roses?!) and thanks for the book recommendation. I'll see if our library has it. I like a good, fluffy read especially one set in England.

    Here's to wellies and tweed skirts!
    Happy Gardening,
    Sandra

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    1. Hi Sandra! Nothing like a bit of fluff. Not much action in this one, but very sweet. I wish milliners were still around so she could tell me what style would look best on me. It must have been fun to visit a hat shop.

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  4. Dear Jane,

    Ahh, roses! We just have one red one in back, but it gets lots of attention! I think I might swoon in your garden, with so many abounding! :)

    I'll have to add your book to my huge list. That's why I love Victoria Magazine, especially the old issues on England. We can dream, can't we?

    Love,

    Marqueta

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    1. And don't forget all the weeds too, Marqueta! Ha! I love the old Victorias too. Wouldn't it be nice if we really could sit on the veranda and take tea? Or dress completely in white lace? Ah dreams!

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  5. Jane~ Your roses are so beautiful, I may have to find another spot to tuck one into my garden, I love the climbing varieties, so pretty! I love how you describe your imaginative thoughts, I too enjoy a rich imagination, makes life so much more enjoyable. :) Thanks for the book recommendation, I have been looking for a good summer read, sounds like just the book! What a beautiful Emerson quote!

    Have a wonderful week. :) April

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  6. Hi April! The good thing about climbing roses is that they don't take up much valuable space on the ground. I suspected from your love of fairy tales that you might be one of us good imagine-ers. I'm afraid my imagination might be too vivid! Whenever I travel, I'm always disappointed because what I imagined from the brochures and travelogues is always far better than the actual place! Just like the coming attractions at the movies are always better than the actual movie. I'm an avid armchair travel. This week I traveled to the Wayside Inn and Bucks County via the internet.

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  7. Hi Jane,
    You sure do know your roses! They are so pretty. I have only two varieties, and all I can tell you is that one is red and climbs, while the other is hot pink and doesn't...Oh yea, and they didn't really grow very well until two years ago when I buried our giant five year old goldfish'Jaws'in the roses (He used to live in the garden pond.)
    I have so many books to read for the summer, but I might look for ~the Rose Cottage~ the next time I go to Barnes & Noble In Midland. I will have plenty of time for reading in August when our verizon contract expires and we will not have internet in our home until we find something else.
    I feel like I need a hat now, a nice broad brimmed one perhaps:)

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    1. I confess, I don't know much about roses, Lisa. All I do is prune anything that looks dead and give them lots of ashes from the woodstove. And love them! Oh! I hope that doesn't mean you won't be blogging anymore. All this technology is expensive. We're thinking of getting rid of our cable. We noticed that we hadn't turned on the TV for several days. Used to enjoy watching the Tigers but since they are doing so poorly this year it's like watching two guys play catch. Guess I'm a fair weather fan!

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  8. What fun Jane! Rose Cottage sounds like a possibility and that's the closest I'm going to come to roses. I have a fabulous old rose growing on the bunny fence and an old red rose under the Birch tree out front. Both were here when we moved in 21 years ago. I haven't the nerve to try planting any on my own.

    Blessings, Debbie

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    1. There's nothing complicated to growing roses, Debbie, in spite of all the articles written about it!

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  9. I love rambling roses. I like my garden plants free and not too contained. I did not know you could get one that would grow in shade., I have a north facing front porch and it would be ideal. No point now I plan to move but I will remember it for my next home. We have gales and torrential rain here in UK and they are destroying all the tender little plants which were trying their best to survive one of the wettest springs on record. Even my garden mint looks beaten! Its lovely looking at your pretty garden. Have a lovely weekend. Lily. xxx

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  10. Hi Lily! Have you gotten rid of the painters yet? So that's where all our rain has gone. Sorry to hear that. Been very dry here. Not so good for gardening, but great for hanging the laundry outside!

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  11. dear jane
    your roses are a dream....your house looks like a rose-cottage!!!!
    love the english style....wellies and tweed. scones and tea in the rosegarden,
    better can a day not ending.my roses also in bloom.
    wish you a wonderful time in your sweet cottage,
    love and hugs regina

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    1. Hello Regina! Thank you! Has your beautiful yellow roses bloomed yet? I really admired its beauty. I forgot to order mine, now it looks like I'll have to wait until fall. But I'm determined to get one!

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  12. O thanks, I like this blogs with pictures. So beatiful! Special the first one.

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  13. Himalayan Musk is one of the roses I've wanted to try. I feared it wouldn't be cold-hardy in my Vermont garden. Perhaps I can plant one here--[more roses, more Japanese beetles to infest them.]
    Its hard to completely discourage a dedicated gadener!

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    1. Well if you decide to grow one, Sharon, make sure you have a sturdy trellis. We planted a few on a hillside at a house we owned in Wisconsin. After a few years, some of the canes were as big around as a child's arm. And it truly did grow thirty feet or more. Wouldn't this be a pretty one to train to grow up and around a tree?

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  14. Gorgeous roses! I'll have to look up that book! I've been reading mostly informative books recently, so a mystery sounds fun!

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    1. Well, there's not much of a mystery to it, Jane. But it is nice light summer reading. I was stuck in the informative reading mode for a while. Carroll Quigley's Tragedy and Hope and before that Charlotte Iserbyt's Deliberate Dumbing Down of America. Informative but depressing. I needed something light and fluffy!

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  15. Hi Jane. So nice your flag is flying. It touches my heart when I see a neighbor put one up on today's date. I'm sure alot of people don't know about flag day, as they do look nice flying in the breeze. I should get a garden flag!

    Well, I owe my hydrangeas all to you..ha! I even instructed my son about them recently.

    It is so nice you live so close to the water.
    love,andrea

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  16. Hi again! I know, it has to boil down to the pro-life issue when it is the lesser of the two evils....and also who you think God can convert! True, no one can fix out country...it is mind-boggling how bad it is and so many people are in the mysterious dark and don't even realize! I really think they are under the spell of the evil one. love,andrea

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  17. I know Jane, I feel it is chastisement time, considering the Bible! But like Corrie ten Boom said, God will give us the grace. love,andrea

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  18. °`♥✿✿⊱╮
    ♡¸¸.•
    Lindas roseira e onde há rosas também há um doce perfume no ar.
    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil
    ¸.•°`❤✿⊱╮

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  19. Hi Jane...I love your new header...very pretty.
    Sounds like everyone is having a heat wave..
    you would like an ikea...you might find, though, that their items are not sturdy. I like their style..it is different...love,andrea

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  20. thank you for your beautiful flowers and your poem. the poem encouraged me today.

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  21. Hi Jane! What a beautiful new cover picture! I love your rose covered bower. Your garden looks so inviting and lovingly tended. I have been feeling better and have been catching up on lots of household things. It feels so nice to have things in order again. It has been a quiet week, it really feels like summer has taken hold. The humidity and heat has brought back that unmistakable southern softness to the air. So many complain of the heat here in Georgia but I actually kind of enjoy it compared to the dry hot summers we had growing up in California. I hope you have had a nice week and that a fun weekend awaits. Have a lovely evening ahead! Delisa :)

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  22. Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil.
    ¸¸.º°❤♫♫♪¸¸.°
    °º✿⊱╮

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  23. Hi Jane! I used to not be an ice cream lover, nor a soda (pepsi or coke) lover for that matter, and yet these are two things I like now. But when I get out cherries, I do crave a kuchen or kugan! Right now I am trying to beat a severe thunderstorm watch making pickles. I already made fig jam last week...I will eventually post these. love,andrea

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  24. Ha...I guess we are like homemaking twins today! Crisp pickles...hmm....that is where i seem to go wrong...but I still love them.love,andrea

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  25. Jane, how are you? I miss you!

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