May 1, 2008

The past few days, I have been able to harvest a large part of my daily diet from the garden. I am currently on a juice feast, so the greens from the garden come in really handy - and save me a bundle at the grocery store.

The roses continue to enchant me. The knockout roses are putting on an unbelievable show. I thought they produced abundant blooms last year; but they are even more abundant this spring.

The evening primroses are invading the rose beds, but it is an invasion I am enjoying. I've always enjoyed their delicate beauty. I've read that you shouldn't plant them where you don't want them to spread. I confess that I actually tossed these weed seeds into the yard last year.

The light colored rose in the foreground is one of my more unusual babies. Her name is Amelia Earhart. Her blooms actually have a light green tinge to them. Nestled between the Knockout roses, and Amelia Earhart is some of my Swiss Chard, which finds its way to the dinner table. I think I planted way too much of it though! When I cut off the leaves, new ones grow back quickly.

I end tonight's post with a lovely photo sent by my friend Tess. She calls this her "family rose." Tess writes that her family rose "has been in the family since before Frank and I were married 57 years ago. The cuttings I brought to Texas were from my grandparent's graves. I brought them in pots, planted them in Marble Falls, and brought cuttings from our home there to this house in Sun City."

Tess' daughter Judy, my sister-in-law, has a lovely rose of Sharon with lavender blooms that is another of their family roses.


walk2write said...

Please thank your friend Tess for sharing her beautiful story about the family rose. Her grandparents are honored everyday by her gesture. I can't wait to get home to Florida so I can see how my Knockouts are doing. I fertilized them before I left in early March, so they should be blooming like crazy.

Stephanie Haile said...

Amelia Earhart is Brilliant! This is one beautiful flower! Cool Beans, Steff

HiHoRosie said...

I can't wait till I get to harvest my own garden! Might be a few months off but still looking forward to it.

I updated my blogroll with this blog. Hope all is going well! Lovely roses I might add. :)

123rawgirl said...

Hi Mary, How is the juice feast going? I thought of you this morning, I was out harvesting some spinach from our garden. We were away last week and it almost scorched in our 90F weather.

Hope you are well.

Terra Hangen said...

It is fun to mix flowers and veggies, as with your roses and Swiss chard.
Nice photos of your roses, and iris too.