This is the “Enough disaster and complaints post”, (AKA My name’s not Alanis), lets talk roses instead.

June 17, 2013

Put your face into the flower for five seconds and inhale.

There. That’s better, isn’t it?
The roses are running amok. And why not? It’s their month; they own June. They work it.
It may look like bedlam to some, but to me, the free-for-all is what happens when roses are allowed to fulfill their destiny.

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I have a particular love for yellow roses. There was a climbing yellow rose in every one of my grandfather’s gardens. They were his absolute favourite roses, and each time I see a golden climber my heart skips a beat.

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Each year I play the How-many-new-roses-can-I-still-fit-into-the-garden game. Do you do that? It’s such a fine line between falling in love with a must-have rose and making sure there is enough space, sunlight, and optimal growing conditions for the rose to thrive.

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My life would be diminished without roses, without my gardens where I can be with my roses.

I’m so lucky that my life is this wonderfully full.

And so, now that we have our mind straight and beautiful again, just a quick update on day four of the floor reno saga.

1. Things which were messed up are being un-messed as I write. (including: towels taken away to be laundered, new MAC brushes being ordered, new coat of paint on doors after sanding prior to re-install, door man coming to check integrity of the frames and hinges, dad’s medicine bag has been sent away for proper cleaning, zippered plastic doors being installed, the Levolor company to re-install and replace blinds if necessary, ducts have been vacuumed and are being protected…in short, everything is being fixed at reno company’s expense or else they are off the job.)

2. Big, BIG warning to work crews and various site foremen and job managers plus Project Manager, both from me and from my insurance agent or they are off this job too.

3. Big, BIG apology from everybody involved, new plan of attack plus itemized work list being submitted to me for approval.

4. I think we all understand each other now. πŸ™‚

Sharing with Mary at Little Red House on this Mosaic Monday. πŸ™‚

Tea cup Tuesday garden party between the rain!
Day three of the floor replacement and people almost died...and they still might!!!

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  • Reply Evalina June 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Roses are my flowers too. It’s hard to garden on the north but heavens made sure that we have plenty of wild roses. They grow all over our cabin and pathways and they will bloom any day now. I love taking walks in June, with every breath I can smell roses.

    • Reply Veronica June 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Evalina. I can’t grow cultivars at my cabin either…too dry there…but I do what ever I can to encourage the wild roses. Aren’t we lucky with those? They really are an all-round plant, aren’t they? Spring fresh greens, summer blooms and fall red hips into winter. They may just be the perfect rose. I love them to pieces. πŸ™‚

  • Reply June 17, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, your list and comments are way funny. I know this isn’t really the time to laugh about the reno, however, your sense of humor has come through nicely. Congratulations on all the beautiful roses. I live in the high country in Northern AZ (gads, I can’t even spell my state today!) and we lack moisture. I mean really lack moisture. We are currently awaiting what we call the Summer Monsoons. What is that, you ask? It’s when we get these incredibly HEAVY rain showers for 15 minutes, or maybe 60 minutes. Daily. If we’re lucky. We get snow in the winter or else we’d dry up and be prunes. My front yard will soon be blooming with wonderful wildflowers and I’ll take pictures.

    Anyway, back to your post and your plight: keep up the attitude and the roses.

    Marrianna in Flagstaff, AZ

    • Reply Veronica June 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Marrianna, lol, thank you very much. It’s been a bit of a shock to the system lately round here and I’m prone to depression so have to make a decision to slap myself out of it. πŸ™‚ You’re lucky to live in Arizona. For some reason I always found myself in Arizona in April, just after the “wet” season and found the desert so charming and full of the most beautiful wildflowers, I think I’ve been spoiled for any other time of the year. Hope you get loads of rain and the California poppies go crazy for you. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dab of This and That June 17, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers!! I have never had any luck growing roses. Sounds like you have a lot going on with the renovation.
    Thanks for stopping by and nice comment. I love ferns but have never had any luck keeping them over the Winter, so have to buy new each Spring. Have a great week!

    • Reply Veronica June 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Glenda, Oh too bad about the roses. They can be difficult in some climates, can’t they? Thy’re kind of like the little princess form hell flower sometimes. πŸ™‚ I also don’t keep the ferns over winter. I tend to treat them a little like cut flowers: they last some time and then they have given me good value for my money and they get recycled.

  • Reply June 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    DEEP BREATH !!! (and I put one in the vase beside me πŸ™‚

    • Reply Veronica June 17, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Nice Kathryn. Roses solve the world’s problems. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Martha June 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Good Job! Onward Christian Soldier. Love your roses. I am the same way, where can I put just one more? Hugs, Martha

    • Reply Veronica June 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Aw thank you Martha, you’re such a sweet sweetie. I know, isn’t it the truth? There’s always room for one more. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Eileen June 17, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    I am sure you will be very happy once the renovation is completed. Your roses are lovely! Beautiful photos, have a happy day!

  • Reply Rajesh June 18, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Wow! very pretty roses.

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 5:31 am

      Thank you Rajesh πŸ™‚

  • Reply Poppy June 18, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Hi Veronica,

    Your roses and the images they bring to your mind are truly precious! Such bright bursts of bold colour and sweet fragrance do wonders for the heart and the soul. How lucky you are to have such roses reigning in your garden; a stimulating scent for the senses!

    Thanks for stopping by; it was nice to connect again!


    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 5:32 am

      Hi Poppy, thank you so much. Some of the roses are so beautiful this year. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Terri June 18, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Hello Veronica, I have been catching up on your blog and I see that you have been going through some stress! Great idea to focus on your gorgeous roses! Your post is a breath of fresh air. I love roses so much, I too, once planted 21 bare root roses in my new backyard. 21 did not survive, but many did. I loved every one! Graham Thomas was my favorite yellow rose then. Where I live now, it is super hot all summer long, and my few roses seem to just burn up. They say you need beds dug at least two feet deep for roses. All your photos are so pretty. I am glad you have a yard full of gorgeous roses to cheer you. I am wishing you the best with your home remodeling…and wish for you a beautiful outcome. hugs,

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Terri, thank you so much, you’re a sweet sweetie. I love the Graham Thomas rose, and each year there are so many new and fabulous cultivars to try out. I have to tell you, I bought a white rose this year, a white climber, to replace a white climber which is under preforming where it should be climbing its little heart out. Then, just as I wanted to replace it, the old rose gave me a single beautiful blossom. (sigh) Brave little rose, now I have to save it and plant my new fantastic white climber somewhere else. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jannibele June 18, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Wow, what a beautiful series of roses. I could almost smell the fragrance of them:)

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Thank you Jannibele. I wish you could smell them; so fantastic. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Lavender Dreams June 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Flowers do seem to make things better. I sure hope this week is going better for you! What an ordeal!

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Hi Dianne, they sure do, don’t they? All my beautiful antiques and photo props are packed away in storage and so I have to have extra bouquets in the house to make up for that. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Julia Tomiak June 18, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Gorgeous flowers- if only we could digitize smell and send it out through the Internet (Google or someone is working on that, I think. Could be good and bad.) But I could imagine the lovely scent of roses as I enjoyed your photos. Good for you to focus on something beautiful, after all the mess you’ve had. Hang in there!

    • Reply Veronica June 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      Oh Julia, that would be so wonderful. Hanging. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v June 19, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Veronica, I ADORE roses and you just made my day!! They are all so beautiful. I cannot grow them in the tropics; my consolation prize is that I can grow orchids, and if you popped over to my blog, the amazing Royal Poinciana tree grows here. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely roses–I could almost smell them just by looking at them πŸ™‚ So glad everyone’s face has been fixed too…;-)

    • Reply Veronica June 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Oh my gosh Sara, that tree is so amazing. The tropics have a lot top offer, don’t they. Is there any way I can subscribe to your blog via email? I’d love to check out each new post. Alternately, can you post on the WSS page? Because I always stalk check it out every morning, but I’m such a butterfly brain that if it doesn’t come easily I forget and I so don’t ever want to forget about you, my dear heart. πŸ™‚

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