this morning

March 25, 2015

I came home late Sunday night and almost the first words from my husband's mouth were, "You won't believe what the roses have done while you were away!"  Me: "But I've only been gone since Friday!"  

The next morning I walked around and he was right.  Even with our drought, there were thousands of rose buds that seemed to appear overnight, quite a few blooms even, and there were peonies!  Peonies, faithful every year, still manage to surprise me; so tutu frilly and fancy pink and impossibly gorgeous!

The garden is all shades of green with fat buds on every bush and orange blossom fragrance, but you can't help but notice the thirsty soil.  We're sad that this year will not be a gardening year for us.  This year will be about keeping what we have alive and not planting much in the way of annuals or vegetables.  My greenhouse this time of year would normally be filled with seedlings, but with the drought and the almost certain water restrictions, it's foolish to even think about that sort of thing.

In the meantime, it seems that the drought can't take away the roses this spring.  It's going to be a doozy of a rose season.

Our dwarf tulip magnolia.  The blooms are almost finished when the leaves appear.

The pear tree is flowering.


Nasturtiums have popped up in the garlic pot.


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  1. Your roses are spectacular! So lovely to see. I am sorry for your water restrictions. You love gardening so much, it will be hard for you.

  2. Such gorgeous pictures! When I saw them, my first thought was, "Yay! It's the beginning of lots of garden posts for the spring and summer!" Then I remembered the drought :-( I hope you can make it through this summer without too many losses; yours is truly the most spectacular home garden I've ever seen.

  3. WOW those are all gorgeous!!! I miss the scent of orange blossoms.

  4. Absolutely beautiful photos of beautiful flowers.

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