Archive for October, 2009

White Autumn Roses . . . in the Grocery Aisle?

October 22, 2009
Not the best photography, but the rose blooms are gorgeous

Not the best photography, but the rose blooms are gorgeous

I was looking at some small 4″ pots of roses in the grocery store last year.  I told the salesperson that I had bought a similar rose bush and planted it in the family cemetery.  That one had died, so I didn’t think these small rose bushes would grow well.  She assured me that she had bought many a rose bush just like this one, planted them, left them out in all seasons, and they grew to regular size.  I don’t know that I believed her entirely, but she was so enthusiastic I liked her right away so I bought two.  One is barely hanging on, but this white one is loving life.

Red Fall Rose Blooming, Hopefully will Learn to Climb

October 21, 2009
Deep red rose has bloomed again for fall.

Deep red rose has bloomed again for fall.

I bought this rose (which was supposed to be golden yellow per the labelling) as a climber because I have an arch over which I would like to train it.  It hasn’t really gotten any taller this year,  but I have fallen in love with this lovely red color.  Hopefully, it is busy setting strong roots and will climb next year.

Two Shades of Pink

October 20, 2009
I love the dark pink band around the yellow center of these cosmos

I love the dark pink band around the yellow center of these cosmos

I love the two shade of pink in this cosmos — the lighter pink of most of the leaves is really set off by the maroon-pink band around the center.  The two tones really give depth to the flower.

Butterflies Do Lunch at the Labyrinth Garden

October 19, 2009
Butterflies Do Lunch at the Labyrinth Garden

Butterflies Do Lunch at the Labyrinth Garden

This butterfly let me get closer than any so far this year.  We have had a large herd (?) of butterflies residing here through the spring and summer.  I love butterflies.  I accidentally dusted one with sand as I was spreading it around the garden.  The beautiful creature  forgave me and fluttered nearby as I continued gardening . . . .  still friends.

Coreopsis in the Sun

October 18, 2009
The Coreopsis Bush

The Coreopsis Bush

This is the entire coreopsis plant.  I hope this one grows well.  I am positioning it to receive more sunshine than my coreposis plants have had in the past in the hopes that it will over-winter and I will see it again next spring.