Macro Monday – Roses

My favorite colors of roses – but now beautifully faded. As usual, click to enlarge.

CFFC: Red

For cheering us up – so grateful in this November gloom – Cee’s Red!

Flowers, flowers – from me. Bottle brush, roses and…

…a tiny, but intense, gem

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rose

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Rose

The rose has got an advantage over many flowers…it looks good even when it is fading.

 

And I love them in any colour. But orange might be my favorite. For Dutch Goes the Photo.

 

Grey Light and Faded Roses

Today we woke up to a grey day with hail, snow and heavy raindrops.

Clearly a day for staying in bed…

For a short second, a sun ray touched the vase with the faded roses –

… and then – everything went back to grey again. I feel lucky to snuggle up by the Asparagus africanus, that is covering the French windows in my living room. So grateful for a house to live in – roof over my head – and a warming meal.

 

My Garden Today

This hot and dry month is going to be the warmest since we started the statistics some hundred years ago. And there is no rain ahead…so as the lilacs and other flowering trees and bushes faded away these last weeks, I decided to photograph my garden – as long as it lasts.

Walk with me, and I will try to give you some pearls from my garden today.

My fallen and dying trees are all in front of the house. They are with me still – Birds are nesting in the old apple tree and the one lying down still gives us apples.

The old bushes with very tiny little roses are some of my favorites – given to me by the little man with the fantastic Dream Garden – now sold. (You who have followed my garden posts will know who he was.) From that dream garden I also have some rare and unusual tulips – see the header and the first one in the gallery below.

The lilies and poppies and other well known flowers live happily together on the other side of the house, hidden from the street. I like to think of it as a secret garden…(I truly loved that novel)

But the shining stars this week are the Irises. Under their massive canopy, you just cannot get enough of their colours and shapes – the intense green and the just as intense orange, yellow and lilac. Their every bud is a slender wonder in a sea of elegance.