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Thursday, January 27, 2011

2010 Best Of...: ROSES -Part I

We have had so many gorgeous ROSE photos this year ---that I couldn't just choose six of them to post in the "Best of" series... SO--there will be two posts showing some of the gorgeous ROSE photos we have enjoyed during 2010.

As you probably know, unless you are new to my blog,  George grows beautiful Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora Roses.  He has about 50+ different bushes in our yard.   ME?  I just get to enjoy them.  I have a bench in the front yard where I can sit and smell and view these beauties.  George also brings a blossom or bud  inside, most every single day during the season for me to enjoy.  Wow--who could ask for a better life than I have?????

Here are my 2010 favorites beginning with my all-time favorite,  DOUBLE DELIGHT.  This photo was taken on 5/13/10.





This beauty is named JOHN F. KENNEDY.   This picture was taken on 5/27/10.





This gorgeous rose is named GEMINI, and the picture was taken on 5/13/10.





I love this rose, named LOVE AND PEACE... This picture was taken on 5/15/10.





This gorgeous rose is named WILDFIRE... I love the colors in this beautiful rose,  and I think its name is appropriate. This picture was taken on 7/3/10.





Here's another rose named after one of our Presidents.  This one is named RONALD REAGAN.  It was taken on 5/31/10.

I will share six more tomorrow.  I love all kinds of flowers,  but roses are definitely a favorite of mine.

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Several of you requested the recipe for my Orange Balls... I usually double the recipe--since I have to share with family.  Here 'tis!!!


Betsy's Orange Ball Recipe
  (came from her mother)

3/4 cup conf. sugar
1 lb. vanilla wafers-crushed
1 stick margarine--softhened
1 cup (or less) chopped nuts
6 oz can frozen orange juice (thawed and undiluted)
1 can or package of shredded coconut

Mix first five ingredients together and form into balls---roll in coconut.  Do not bake.  Makes about 4 doz. depending upon size.  I keep them in the refrigerator.  They seem to get better as they age a little.


Hugs,

50 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Day Betsy! All of your roses are pretty but I especially love the Ronald Regan rose. Larry/John photographed some at the Ronald Reagan Library last spring.

Thank you for the recipe. Sounds delicious!

Have a great day.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Those roses are awesome.I love roses and these pictures should be in a gardening magazine.Wow!Yes, you are a very fortunate lady,to have a loving husband who brings you a rose a day.
Blessings,Ruth

Arkansas Patti said...

Wildfire is my favorite, I adore anything coral and I will try those orange balls. Nothing in them I don't like and I love anything with an orange flavor.
Thanks.

Mother Nature said...

What a cheerful post! Just what I needed on this snow-covered occasion.

Mamma has spoken said...

Those roses are beautiful! I don't have much luck growning roses. Every year I give it another try, do everything that I think needs to be done, and by June/July the leaves have black spots and are dropping.

Neal said...

Those roses are absolutely gorgeous!! Makes me want spring even more. I think we're suppose to get some snow tonight. It's about due....it's been 2-3 days since it has snowed and that's a long time here. :)

amy said...

Those roses are beautiful! I thought the top one was my favorite, but then I saw the rest. Oh, I bet they smell so nice!

Larry said...

Lovely photos... unfortunately I've decided that roses are one place I can cut back on labor in our gardens. I had been doing shrub roses entirely, but they often need lots of cutting back in spring so I got rid of perhaps two dozen last fall, in some cases having to use a backhoe! I love the teas but just too much of a demand with all the other work here... again ... this is a beautiful post! Larry

Dorothy said...

Beautiful Roses! I know you get a thrill out of George bringing in a bouquet of those for you to have in the house!!!

Sandra said...

my favorite is the love and peace, they are all beautiful, but that one is so pretty in pastels.

Fred Alton said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous roses that George grows! And you obviously have "the life" with an attentive and caring husband that he brings a special flower into the house each day for you. What a delightful life for you two. Here, I confess, working in the flowers is not my favorite thing - but I do enjoy the results and take pictures of them and brag on "my gardener". ☻ All of your roses are choice ones!

Karin said...

It is terribly hard to pick a favorite! They are all stunning roses! So wonderful that your sweetheart delights you with a daily rose for inside while enjoying his hobby outside! Best of both worlds! Have a wonderful day!

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

This was better than lots of caffeine to wake me up...thanks for the beautiful eye candy!!!

Daisy said...

Betsy, these are all so pretty, but my favorite is Love and Peace. Wow! It's so gorgeous. Thank you for the recipe. Sounds yummy! :)

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous roses, Betsy! MY favorites are the first two. Beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing the recipe, sounds delicious.

Melanie said...

What beautiful roses, Betsy!
You do an amazing job with the pictures, and your husband does an amazing job with the roses! How sweet that he brings you a rose every day!♥
Thank you for the recipe. They sound delicious! :)

KathyA said...

I'm coveting your roses! Bad Kathy!

Small City Scenes said...

Each and every rose is as beautiful as the next. I do like Wildfilre because I like the orangy color but they all are favorites.
Thanks for the recipe--Kylee is going to make it for the Wrestling staff. She is in Sports Medicine so she is staff. LOl MB

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely picks, I like the John F. Kennedy for best smelling. They are tough to keep around here, plus you need to have that touch. I have a friend who starts some from seed with his experiments.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Love that Wild Fire!

Pat - Arkansas said...

P.S. Thanks for the Orange Ball recipe.

Darla said...

They are all beautiful!! as always..

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, You and your husband have lovely roses! Thanks for sharing the beauty! I may modify your orange ball recipe to sweeten with sugar substitute and sugar-free wafers - still need to account for the juice but maybe I'll dilute and add splenda. I will let you know how this works if I actually try it. Have a really nice day and enjoy the blue skies.

Kim-Stuff could always be worse said...

I will not repeat what I always say? Thanks for the beauty posted here.

floweringmama said...

I'm not much of a rose person but Wildfire may just change my mind!

Cathy @ Country Cathy

Linda said...

Oh my, Betsy. These are beautiful. It sounds as if you've got a pretty great guy there.

Regina said...

These are delightful Betsy!
Enjoy your weekend both.
Regards.
xo

Ginny said...

Wildfire is DEFINATELY the one!!!!

Amin said...

Hello!
As a usual wonderful post!

Amin said...

Wonderful colors!
I loved them very much!

Amin said...

Thank You very much for sharing!
I have written the comments in the posts which I missed!

Diane AZ said...

Gorgeous roses, Betsy! And, thank you for sharing your Orange Balls recipe. I like to make treats such as these that don't need to be baked. :)

Lola said...

Beautiful roses. I lean toward Ronald Regan.
Thanks for the receipe.

Glenda said...

Oh, it's good to see these breath-taking roses in the middle of winter! It's impossible to pick just one favorite but I love the colors of the Love and Peace. All of them say, "Spring and summer are ahead!"

Alan said...

The roses are really beautiful! And your photography is excellent to capture the roses so well!!!

LV said...

I love them all, but the first one takes my breath away.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Thank you for the orange ball recipe. I'll have to try it one day.

Diane said...

I can't choose a favorite, Betsy, they're all beautiful. Your Orange Balls sound good, I'm going to try them, I think I have all the ingredients. Diane

Rose said...

They are beautiful...and the recipe sounds delicious.

Velvet Over Steel said...

YES, I was going to ask you for the recipe! Thank you!!!

The roses are all so beautiful! My favorite has to be Gemini.. because of the color combinations and I'm a Gemini!! ;-)

Have a wonderful Friday & Weekend, Betsy!!!
HUGS,
Coreen xoxoxo

B. Meandering said...

I truly love roses and dream of some day tending many varieties as George does. My father always planted a rose bush at every parsonage of his pastor's assignments, and he would have a single rose waiting for mother many mornings.
These are incredible, Betsy. Tell George I'm quite impressed oohing and ahhing.
I think my favorite is the first one and the pink and yellow mix, but they are all incredible.
You can keep showing us more and more!

Janie said...

Your roses are all so perfect. George does a great job with them.
The recipe looks great. Maybe I'll get ambitious and give it a try.

Carletta said...

You lead off with the best of best I'd say. The first one is breathtaking!
Thanks for the Orange Ball Recipe!

carolina nana said...

Beautiful roses,make me long for spring and blooming flowers.
Have a blessed tomorrow
Marilyn

Twilight said...

What an eye opener for me! I never knew roses could have double colors like the LOVE & PEACE! Here I have been looking at small, miserable and single colored ones! LOL

SquirrelQueen said...

Gorgeous blooms, George definitely has a green thumb with roses. My favorite is Wildfire.

Thanks for sharing the recipe Betsy.

ratieh said...

i like rose and i love all of your roses Betsy. they are very pretty! =)

diane b said...

What a riot of variety. I love the first one. Wanna lend George for a rose growing season?

Lisa RedWillow said...

These are just georgeous. I love the Peace and Love Rose. Stunning.

Ruthi said...

Weeee... more photos of roses. love them. and thanks for sharing your recipe of the orange balls. i will try them one weekend.