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Pink Rose Memories

 

Imagine an adventurous and hot day in the glorious Sacramento Old City Cemetery Rose Garden shooting hundreds of pictures (this was in April 2015), and then a seventy mile drive home with two best flower friends. It must have been about 5:00 pm when Susan and I dropped Mary at her doorstep. Mary cheerily invited us to hop out of the car and take a tour of  her garden. 

Spring-Blossoms-&-Roses

Weary me was less than enthusiastic, though I did pause long enough to shoot Mary's pretty side yard on our way to the rosebeds in the back garden.

 

Small-pink-single-roses

But then I perked right up when I saw this powder pink rambler by the back gate.

 

Sparrieshoop-rose

And when the perfect blooms of Sparrieshoop, in the same color palette, presented herself I was at full attention with my camera. The opportunity to frame these blooms on a patch of lime feverfew was good too.

 

Christopher-Marlowe

Then the joy of zooming in on the button center of Christopher Marlowe . . .

 

Color-magic-rose

only to find Color Magic was waiting for me, a few yards away.

 

 

Blush-Peony

 

Mary has a number of (hard to grow where we live) peonies. Don't you love the blush on this one?

 

Spent-peony

And how about this graceful farewell? I relish catching shots like this.

Thanks so much for the tour Mary and the fabulous photo op!

 

BACK AT HOME 


Pink-Zinnia

The pretty pinks followed me . . .

 

Elephant-and-Pink-Rose

even into the house.

 

Pink-knitting-yarn

 

I just loved all these pictures when I first saw them and looked forward to making a post here. It was amazing to get so many good shots in such a short time (especially after a day of intensive shooting in Sacramento). It's almost been a year and hopefully its never too late. Let me know what you think. That is my daughter Anna's knitting with yarn she purchased at the amazing Webster's in Ashland, Oregon.

 

Pink-Rose-Blog-Post 


Spring Flowers

These spring flowers taken last year just before the roses bloomed.

 

Spring-flowers

 

All these are blooming now, except for the pink senecio which didn't last. As happens every year (it seems), there is a heat wave this week that will surely open the roses too fast for my taste– sigh.

 


Before the Roses Bloom

The roses are ready to pop and thrill, but before they take center stage, I want to show again some of the lovelies I've been playing with for the last few weeks.

 

Early-spring-harvest

Orlaya, senecio, geum, aquilegia, and valerian all stand on their own in the garden and do very well in bouquets. 

 

Early-spring-flowers

I've been particularly charmed by the orange geum, they just keep blooming and last very well as a cut flower.

 

Bucket-of-pink-senecio

I bought three of these senecio plants at Annie's Annuals a year ago. I waited and waited for them to bloom- it took a whole year! They are worth the wait. Who wouldn't want five-foot tall pink daisies in prolific bloom. This is an excellent cut flower.

 

Senecio-harvest

Along with geum, philadelphus and oat grass they are ready to party.

 

Pink-senecio-bouquet

 

Bouquets-on-kitchen-counter

 

Senecio-bouquet

 

ANOTHER SHOT OF THE BASKET I'VE BEEN FILLING

Flower-basket

The rehmania is a surprisingly long lasting as a cut flower. The clump these native iris came from has been extremely generous, picking must promote more blooms, because I've been cutting these regularly for three weeks!

 

PHOTO SET-UP

Photo-set-up

That bucket of flowers might not look very big, but I had to lay down on the floor to shoot it. The paper backdrop is four-feet wide. That's my foot popping up, if you can't tell.