A Moment to Smell the Roses
It can't all be weeding and watering,
fertilizing and pruning,
otherwise, I rather think there wouldn't be any gardens.
So take a stroll with me,
and let's see what is blooming today.
This is my newest rose, a Week's Rose named Edith's Darling.
I call her Penelope.
I went to the Antique Rose Farm in Snohomish to get a yellow rose,
and came home with five new bushes.
If you haven't been there, it's worth the trip.
Impatiens, doing what they do best.
Growing against a piece of driftwood,
vinca vining down from the pot they shelter behind.
A glimpse of pathway and my favorite rock,
black-eyed Susan's and petunias in the foreground.
An anenome, cheering my day.
I tried to clear them all out last fall, as they had taken over.
I'm very glad I had mercy on a few.
Another new perennial, which I'm very happy with.
She's called a Blanket Flower, I suppose because
the flowers gradually flatten out as they grow.
Then they end up falling backwards,
leaving a pom pom upright in the middle.
Cheerful and easy to care for,
they come in a variety of petal shadings in the pink and yellow families.
And saving quite possibly the best for last,
I never tire of the hydrangeas.
From the first bloom, to the gradual changing and then fading
of colors, they are magnificent.
I hope all of you can do the same,
take a few moments to savor the blooms,
smell the phlox and roses, enjoy the variety of colors and textures.
It's worth all the work!
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