Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rose of the Week: Welcome Home

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

This bright, cheerful beauty is in the flower bed near the road, where we can see it each time we pull into the driveway.  It certainly is a wonderful way to be welcomed home.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Cades Cove

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Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is beautiful any time of the year, and Betsy and I try to get there two or three times each year, if possible.  This picture, from my archives, was taken in September, 2010.  It shows a field near the old Methodist Church in the cove.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rose of the Week: Veteran's Honor

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

9/11 is a poignant day in our national memory.  But as we remember those who died and were injured on that day, it is well that we also remember and honor those who answered their country’s call.  Veteran’s Honor was named to honor all of our brave men and women.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Rose of the Week: Perfume Delight

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

When we select roses for our yard, Betsy and I consider color and form, but we also like fragrant roses.  Perfume Delight scores well in all three categories.  It has a delightful fragrance and we think it looks beautiful, especially when adorned with raindrops.  Perfume Delight is one of the container roses along our driveway.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Rose of the Week: Peace

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

Peace is said to be the most popular rose in the world.  This hybrid tea was introduced near the end of World War II, and millions of bushes have been sold.  I got my first Peace rose in the mid-1970s, when I lived in North Carolina, and it was one of the first roses Betsy and I got here in the Glade.  The yellow, pink-edged blossoms are always a treat.  It has a mild fragrance as well.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rose of the Week: Mister Lincoln

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This is another in the series featuring a rose from our yard.

One of the first roses I ever grew was Mister Lincoln.  I got this rose when I lived in North Carolina about 40 years ago, and it quickly became a favorite with its deep red color and delightful fragrance.  Mister Lincoln was one of the first roses Betsy and I got here in the Glade, and we look forward to enjoying it each year.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sempervivum

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We have sempervivum (hens and chicks) several places in our yard.  They require very little care and grow where almost nothing else will grow.  They bring some beauty and color to what would otherwise be drab places around the house.