Showing posts with label ROSES 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ROSES 2012. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Our Yard in August

This past Monday,  I showed you how close the deer came to our ROSES....  Today,  I'm showing you how pretty the roses are now.   We have had milder weather recently (thank goodness)---and some rain (not enough--but some)....  This weather (more like Spring or Fall weather) is what the Roses LOVE....  Wish you could be here to see them in person.. They are really showing off...  I love 'walking the yard' ---and oohing and ahhing...

On August 15,  I took a bunch of pictures of the roses and the yard ---so hope you enjoy them today!!!!   I took some of the individual roses which I've put in collages for you.  Click on them for enlargements..




The roses in this bed (Road Flowerbed) are blooming like crazy!!!!   In this photo--you can see the left-over Lily stems,  some Irises (a couple of them are blooming now also) --and lots of roses... (Can you believe that this bed was new and BARE a couple of years ago???????? Wow!)   You can tell that it is almost Fall by looking at our Redbud tree in the background!



Here is an example of how beautiful the roses are right now.  This beauty is named Ronald Reagan.   This is always a favorite of mine.




Here's a picture of the yard when looking from the house toward the road...  If you compare this photo with some of our Spring yard photos,  the roses are just as beautiful (or more-so) ---but the yard and surrounding trees are showing a 'hint' of Fall...  Kinda neat to watch the seasons gradually change,  isn't it?




And --this photo was taken from the road looking back at the house.  You can see that some of the trees in back have already lost their leaves.   The rosebush in the middle of the picture is named Veterans Honor....  It's one of my favorites also...

Look carefully at our house.  The shutters are off ---and it's ready for painting... Not sure when it will be done/complete--but I'll show pictures once it is!!!! It will be a darker green... Can't wait!!!!




Also in our yard (back yard) I found a HUGE toadstool (or mushroom or fungi)... Whatever you call it,  I think this is the largest one I've seen in or around our yard...  It almost looks like a HEART.  Nice,  don't you think?




To give you an idea of the size of this one,  I put my size 8 1/2 shoe beside it.   I've seen bigger toadstools before ---but not in our yard!!!!!  Isn't it pretty?




Finally,  here is a picture of the toadstool from the side --so that you can see a little of the stem..  I didn't see anymore near that area ---so this 'guy' was there just growing all by himself!!!!




I'll close with one more collage showing an 'up close and personal' view of  some of our beautiful roses.... Like I said above,  wish you were here to enjoy them also!!!!  The top left is a favorite,  Peppermint Splash.   (All of the rose pictures in today's blog post were taken on 8/15/12 and the mushroom pictures were taken on 8/9/12.)

Hope you have an incredibly blessed Wednesday.

Hugs,
Betsy

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Everything's Coming up PINK

George and I have been 'walking the yard' every morning about 7:30 a.m. AND--of course,  we are both snapping pictures like crazy... The Roses are marvelous now and so are the Lilies and Daylilies.

I have so many pictures of ROSES that I don't know where to begin to share some of them... SO---after looking through many many pictures,  I decided to do a post on some of our PINK ROSES in our yard...  Some of them are solid,  some multi,  some larger than others,  some have pink on the outside and some have pink on the inside...

I didn't bother to look up their names (since we have 55 different varieties) ---but these are definitely some of my favorites.   All of these pictures were taken in late May/early June.  Hope you enjoy the pictures today! You'll notice that a few of them were taken after the rain we had on Sunday/Monday this week.  Be sure to click on all of them in order to see enlargements.  See if you can pick out a favorite... I can't!!!!  I love them ALL.




















Hybrid Tea and Grandiflora Roses are some of the prettiest I have ever seen.  And --most of them smell SO good.   However,  many people don't grow them anymore  (opting for ones like the Knock Outs or little climbing roses) because these roses take ALOT of EFFORT and WORK.

Growing these roses is one of George's many hobbies...  He treats each of these 57 different bushes as one of his 'babies'.... Each one takes lots of love and caring for...  I am the most fortunate woman in the entire world to get to enjoy the roses up close and personal.  As many of you know,  George brings a beautiful rose into the house in a vase for me to enjoy most every day....   I cannot express in words the JOY these Roses ---and my hubby---bring me!   Thanks, Sweetie....  I love you and I love the Roses!!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs,
 Betsy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What is Blooming???

Love and Peace Roses
We go to the beach every year around the first of May... Each year,  when we get back home,  we are always 'anxious' about what we'll find in our yard... AND---depending upon the year and the weather,  every year is different from the previous ones.   This year was no exception. 

Even when we left FOR the beach,  there were lots of Roses already blooming.  It was hard to leave the yard---but we 'forced' ourselves.. ha....    BUT---coming home was even more awesome!!!  Not only were the Roses blooming,  but also lots of the Lilies and even a Daylily were all blooming.

Today I'll share a little of what we found when we got home from the beach on Saturday,  May 12.    Hope you enjoy seeing more of the beauty in our yard!  Be sure and click on the pictures to see them larger.  The first two pictures were taken on May 3 --before we left on our trip.  All of the rest of the pictures were taken on May 12 when we returned.




This picture was taken from the side, looking across the driveway at two of our Rose beds.  Can you imagine how hard it was for us to leave all of this beauty????   Luckily though,  it was still there for us when we got home!




This is what met us when we drove into the yard that day.   These gorgeous lilies are named Montenegro and the roses in the background are named Veteran's Honor.




Aren't these lilies pretty?   They bloomed for us ---when we came home on the 12th.  They are appropriately named  Lollypop.  




This picture was taken of one of our round flowerbeds in front.  This one is the middle bed --and it's full of lilies and pansies...  The names of the lilies in this picture are Juanita.




We even have one set of daylilies blooming already.  This one is named Wild Horses.




This bed (near the front road) is full of color now... The irises are mostly bloomed out ---but the roses and lilies are really showing off.   All of those red roses (Veteran's Honor) are on ONE bush--believe it or not!!!!!  The roses on the right are named Double Delight,  and the yellow roses are named Welcome Home. 




Finally,  here is one of my all-time favorite roses,  named Peppermint Splash.  This one had not bloomed until we returned from our trip.  Isn't it beautiful?

Hope you enjoyed seeing our flowers today!!!!!   AND--I also hope that you have a fabulous  day!!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Irises, Roses and Family

Cable Car Iris
Our IRISES in the yard have been FABULOUS this spring... AND the good news is that many of them are re-bloomers --so we'll have them blooming again in the Fall.   In this blog post (click HERE),  I showed you several of our Irises... SO today I'll show you some more of our 19 different varieties... Above is always a favorite every year.  Its name is CABLE CAR.   I love the 'rust' color of this one.   We took several photos after a rain--since we enjoy seeing the 'drops' on the flowers.  Be sure and enlarge the photos in order to see them larger.




Electric Shock Iris





Cantina Iris
Wish you could see this one in person.. It has SEVERAL colors --and changes when the sun is on it... Such a beauty!!!!




Floor Show Iris
Here is another multi-colored beauty.   Do you like this one?




English Charm Iris
This is another pretty Iris.... The raindrops were really clinging to this one!




Halloween Halo Iris
If you like Pastels,  you will love this Iris...  The bright orange beards would remind one of Halloween I suppose...




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Southern Belle Rose
Here's two more of the gorgeous Roses beginning to bloom in our yard.  The one above is named SOUTHERN BELLE....  George brought one of these into the house ---and you should smell it... WOW!!!!




Summer of Love Rose
Finally,  this beauty is named SUMMER OF LOVE. I love all of the different colors in this rose...

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Dave, Bonnie, Betsy and George
We visited my cousin,  Bonnie, and her hubby, Dave,  at a Camping and Hang-Gliding area on the top of the mountain near Dunlap, Tennessee on Monday.  Bonnie and Dave have a new (GORGEOUS)  motor home ---and are enjoying traveling these days.  We had a wonderful visit with them.  Isn't that a great view of the Sequatchie Valley?

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BLUEBIRD UPDATE:  I have done tons of research and talked to LOTS of people about my Bluebird Tragedy.  (See Monday's blog for details.)  Click HERE to see a great website if you are interested.   Apparently, my culprit must have been a SNAKE..  Once the Bluebirds nest again,  we will keep the pole greased--which will keep a snake off of the nestbox (I hope)... I also need a new type of baffle (made with stove pipe)... NOW--if Daddy Blue can find a new mate,  maybe they'll try again.  We have cleaned out the nestbox for them... Thanks SO SO much for your thoughts, suggestions and prayers. This has been hard for me!!!

 I need to apologize AGAIN for not getting to your blog posts much this week.  Besides our trip on Monday and doing research on Bluebirds,   I have been working in the yard (power-washing the deck and cleaning the deck furniture).... Fun fun!!!

ONE MORE THING:  Any of you who use Google+ as your profile,  be sure and put your blog URL on there somewhere.  Otherwise,  people cannot find your blog to comment.  Thanks!!!

Hope you are having a 'fan-tabulous day'  enjoying life.....  Get outside and enjoy yourself!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Friday, April 20, 2012

Funny Birds!!!!

In my last bird post (click HERE) ,   I promised that I would show you some of the funny bird pictures I have taken through the years...  SO---today you get those pictures... Hope you enjoy them as much as I have....

Can you figure out what bird that is above????????  It's a ROBIN----a baby one!!!!  The hair on top which looks like bushy eyebrows makes him look like an OLD MAN..... ha ha




I love this picture of a CAROLINA WREN.  It was in the dead of winter ---and he was perched on top of a Rhododendron bud,,,  Bet that poor little guy was COLD!!!!!




I love this photo of the Baby CARDINAL ---as he tried to come to a screeching halt on the deck... Daddy Cardinal always brings his babies (who are bigger than Daddy now) to the feeders to teach them to eat.... When they are very young,  they'll just shake all over and make a tingly sound--which sounds like a little tiny bell...  They are begging Daddy to feed them --but he wants them to learn to feed themselves.  I love watching this process.




Have you seen birds do this? When I first saw this,  it scared me.  I thought there was something wrong with the bird.  However, since that time,  I've seen many birds do it... They do it in the HOT SUMMER --when the deck is VERY hot... They spread out and get the 'mites' off of their tummies---or at least,  that is what I was told....  Interesting, huh?  This bird is a TUFTED TITMOUSE.





I have several 'funny' pictures of our PILEATED WOODPECKERS.  When they are young and try to fly up to the suet feeder,  they don't quite know how to do it... I'll show you some more pictures of the different poses of some of our Pileated Woodpeckers in another post.    I love this picture of this woodpecker telling me to "butt out and leave him alone"!!!!!!!   Cute,  isn't he???




Finally,  here is one of my favorite photos of any bird since I have been taking their pictures... This is a MOURNING DOVE sitting on the birdbath.... Isn't this one just a HOOT????

Birds are so much fun to watch... This week,  I sat on the back deck,  watching Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird going in and out of the nestbox... They have a little growing family in there... Isn't that just special????

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Here's another flower blooming in our yard now,  our gorgeous RHODODENDRON.   I love Azaleas,  but Rhododendrons just take my breath away... Wish you could see all of the blooms covering our big Rhododendron now... Wow-Wow-WOW!!!





And finally,  here is another beautiful ROSE blooming in our yard now.   This is ALEC'S RED.   George brought one inside for me---and you should smell it...  Another WOW!!!!

One More Thing:  I've been on Blogger since 2009... As of this week,  I now have 500 Followers... Amazing,  isn't it???  How many Bloggers do you know who have this many followers without doing memes,  or giveaways,  or tags or awards?????  (That is the way that most people get more followers, which is fine --but I just don't choose to do that.)   THANKS to all of you for coming to my crazy 'waterfall/flowers/birds/travel/hiking' blog!!!  Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you on Monday!

Hugs and THANKS again for stopping by!!!
Betsy

Friday, April 13, 2012

More Colors in our Yard

Every week is a little different in our yard... It has been a fabulous spring here in Fairfield Glade.  Some of the 'colors' I have showed you so far are: Crocuses, Hyacinths, Periwinkle,  Daffodils,  Tulips,  Phlox,  Candy Tuft, Red Bud, Forsythia and Dogwood.  Today,  I will share five more 'colors':   Pansies,  Irises, Azaleas,  Dianthus and our first ROSE of the season.   Hope you enjoy more of the Spring COLORS in our yard.  Above is a group of the many PANSIES we have in our yard.  We plant them in the late Fall each year and they will last until it gets horribly hot in July. Be sure and click on the photos in order to see them larger.




I love this little blue PANSY.  She is different from most of the others --and for that reason,  I think she is special.




We have 7 AZALEA bushes in our yard,  most of which are a little different,  one from the other.  The blooms are different from one bush to the next.  Today I will share with you three of our Azalea blossoms.  This bloom is from our Dwarf Azalea --which was a gift several years ago from a friend.




PURPLE AZALEA




Another PINK AZALEA (different from the one above the purple one)




This little 'cutie' is a DIANTHUS (Pinks)...  The same friend that gave me the Dwarf Azalea gave us these pretty little 'Pinks' several years ago...  This little flower is just so pretty ---so I got George to get her picture at close range.




This IRISES are blooming in our yard this week.  We have five different varieties/colors blooming now --with more to come.  Today, I'll show you a couple of groups blooming in two different flowerbeds... This picture is in our upper side flowerbed (the one which had alot of Daffodils and Tulips not long ago)... Aren't they pretty????  (Soon there will be lots of lilies and daylilies blooming in this long bed.)




These pretty yellow IRISES (Honey Glazed) are in the road flowerbed out front... This bed has more irises,  some daylilies, lilies and ROSES in it. Bearded Irises are just gorgeous.




Finally,  we have our FIRST ROSE BLOOM of the season.  This is SONIA ---and  she has 3 blooms on her already... (Things are so early this year ---blooming at least 2-3 weeks earlier than usual.)  And here's the good news:  My Gorgeous Groom brought one of Sonia's blooms INSIDE for me on Tuesday.  Most of you know that he spoils me by bringing in a new rose bud/bloom almost everyday once the roses all start blooming.  I love it-love it-love it...   (If you are new to my blog, I need to tell you that we have about 55 different rose bushes/varieties in our yard.  George grows hybrid tea and grandiflora roses---and they are INCREDIBLE.)

Have a fabulous weekend.  We're going to visit our son and daughter-in-law-to-be (October wedding) ----AND we're visiting some old friends whom I haven't seen since the '60's....  Should be a terrific weekend.  I'll see you on Monday.

Hugs,
Betsy