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

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. 🙂

Sharing with Mary at Little Red House on this Mosaic Monday. 🙂

Comments: 26

  • June 17, 2013
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    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.

  • June 17, 2013
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    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

  • June 17, 2013
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    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!

  • June 17, 2013
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    DEEP BREATH !!! (and I put one in the vase beside me 🙂

  • June 17, 2013
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    Good Job! Onward Christian Soldier. Love your roses. I am the same way, where can I put just one more? Hugs, Martha

  • June 17, 2013
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    I am sure you will be very happy once the renovation is completed. Your roses are lovely! Beautiful photos, have a happy day!

  • June 18, 2013
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    Wow! very pretty roses.

  • June 18, 2013
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    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!

    Poppy:)

  • June 18, 2013
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    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,
    Terri

  • June 18, 2013
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    Wow, what a beautiful series of roses. I could almost smell the fragrance of them:)

  • June 18, 2013
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    Flowers do seem to make things better. I sure hope this week is going better for you! What an ordeal!

  • June 18, 2013
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    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!

  • June 19, 2013
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    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 🙂 So glad everyone’s face has been fixed too…;-)

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