Rose Harvest Morning

Mid-bloom, around the first of May, I gathered as many roses as I could in about an hour's time. 

Rose basket

Then I pulled out my iphone to record what came next.

Rose harvest 3

Roses ready for prepping.

Rose harvest table

Dethorning roses

The lower leaves and stems all need to be removed for easy arranging. Can you decipher the thorn strippers? I'd be lost without them.

Rose prepping

Two roses on one stem

I found two roses in love!

Preparing roses

Almost done and I haven't had breakfast.


Time for a cornflakes break.

Prepped roses

Rose faces

Roses ready to go

The roses are ready for transport to a children's party. Each child will have the opportunity to fill a basket with roses.


One of my goals here was to see how well my iphone would do for a blog story. What do you think?




Rose Baskets

Rose de Rescht was blooming . . .


I purchased mine at the Russian River Rose Company in Healdsburg, famous for their Perfume Rose Harvest Tours. This rose is a wonderful rebloomer, has a rich fragrance and yields exquisite perfume! In my Bay Area, California garden it is also disease resistant.


Ralph Moore's mini rose Sweet Chariot was also in bloom . . .


This is a great front-of-the-border shrub and is also fabulous at reblooming and disease resistance. I bought this from Mr. Moore himself in his one-hundredth year.


Rose de Rescht, Sweet Chariot and a few other lovelies found their way into baskets this past spring.






Common Moss, Maggie, William Baffin, Snowbird, Belle Issis, Albertine, Yves Piaget and Hermosa also make an appearance.


Amazing, isn't it, how some see the basket half empty and others see it half full? Some see life hopeless, some hopeful. Even when things are less than perfect, if you can think of the good, the beautiful, the hopeful, you'll be more than sustained.

~ Anonymous




Yesterday's Roses


I never quite know how a large bouquet will evolve.






I put this together outside on the lawn in the front garden. James Mason rests on the stool with valerian. Graham Thomas, Frances Dubreiul, Common Moss, Maggie, and William Baffin are some of the roses. The dark aquilegia was a nice surprise all fresh and lovely- bouquet ready!


Promise to live your live as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.

~ Anthony J. D'Angelo