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October 2010

Raindrops on Roses

If there is magic

on the planet

it is contained in the water.

~ Loren Eisley

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This blogger, like many, loves to acknowledge seasonal firsts-- as in our first rain-- oh how welcome it is.

Here's last year's first-rain post.


I need to take a couple of weeks off from blogging-- I'll miss you!



Sharing Plants


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

~ Kahlil Gibran

The pleasures above are Salvia 'Limlight' and Salvia 'Elegans' growing in the garden of Anita Clevenger. Gardening friends can't help but share the bounty, and Anita was especially generous.

This coleus, Perilla 'Magilla', was so stunning in Anita's garden I had to have a stem, and believe it or not, this is the first coleus I've ever been attracted to. Anita said it would root in water. I look forward to it growing with the red roses next year, and in arrangements it might be wonderful too.

This finely cut pelargonium had to come home with me too– it's a great arranging filler with roses. I decided to look up how best to propagate it in The American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Gardening. This book is so thorough, I've had it for years, and never really used it until today.

There is propagation info for each plant listed in the book !

So many times, plants on the great wish list in my head, have pleasantly appeared. I wanted this Japanese Anenome when I saw it in San Francisco recently. Thanks to Anita, it will be swaying in the breezes of my garden a year from now.



Is it Francois Dubrieul or Barcelona Rose?

This rose is known as both 'Francois Dubrieul' and 'Barcelona', or as one or the other. Yes, it's one of those rose-world-confusions that you can read about here.


There is nothing true anywhere; the true is nowhere to be seen; if you say you see the true, this seeing is not the true one.

~ Abraham Lincoln

My friend, Jean Vieth, gave me this rose, and I've been admiring its gorgeous blooms in my garden since last April. But I'd never snapped a photo until Friday-- in Anita Clevenger's garden. One perfect bloom was all it took for me to "see" and finally click (in more ways than one).

It's also a beautiful memento of a spectacular rose weekend. Our rose arranging seminar, hosted by Anita Clevenger and Barbara Oliva, was "ab fab," as my daughter would say. Gleanings from Anita's garden, the Sacramento Old City Cemetery Rose Garden, the gardens of seminar participants, and from my own garden, made for rich and gorgeous materials to play with. I wish I had photos, or better yet, a movie.

It's always such a pleasure to breath the air of roses and rose lovers. I met so many lovely women-- I want to thank you for your joyful enthusiasm, and your roses!

As far as seeing goes (both internally and externally), I think we all had new vistas to explore.

Thanks again!