Be Careful What You Wish For

Roses on our dining room table.  June 5, 2009.

Roses on our dining room table. June 5, 2009.

As many of you know, we had two years of drought up here on the Plateau.  That meant carrying a lot of water to water the roses and other plants.  During that time we kept hoping for rain.

This year we have had slightly more rain than average, so everything is lush and green.  As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered a downside to all this rain.  It rained here on Thursday when we went to Hendersonville to check on my parents.  When we got home Thursday evening we noticed many rose stems beaten down by the rain.  Yesterday I spent an hour or so cleaning up the rose beds.

But I couldn’t just throw out all of those blossoms.  I try to bring Betsy a rose bud each day so we have several bud vases.  But yesterday I brought in enough blossoms to fill them all.  Our dining room table is a little crowded, but it sure does smell good in the house!

And speaking of the drawbacks to all of this rain, the grass is so lush and green that I’m spending more time mowing than I did last year.  And don’t even get me started on the weeds!

Don’t get me wrong — I’m delighted with the rain.  It’s just that between the trips to Hendersonville and the yard I’ve got way behind on visiting my blogging friends.  Please don’t give up on me —  I haven’t forgotten about you.

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15 Responses to “Be Careful What You Wish For”

  1. Arija Says:

    George, I know the feeling, in a good summer when the roses are lush we often get a burning northerly that bakes the petals on the bushes. At those tmes I have picked bucketfulls of roses at sunrise, given armfulls away and still had the house covered in large bouquets. We had to keep the windows open, the scent was so heavy. If you just pick six stems per bush, multiplied by 150 makes a heck of a lot of roses.

  2. JLS Hall Says:

    Wow, you really have a lot of beautiful roses there! I can imagine how great the scent must be. Glad your drought is over, but all that mowing and weeding doesn’t sound like a lot of fun.

  3. Michele Says:

    How wonderful to see all those pretty flowers. If it was possible, I would get you to mail me some of those pretty blossoms! =)

  4. Suz Says:

    Yes, the downside. Our lawn has to be mowed every 5 days in the summer…it just grows so fast with all the nice rain!

  5. Judy Says:

    The dining room must smell heavenly! I have picked the first two peonies this morning, so have them beside me!

  6. Happyone Says:

    We have had LOTS of rain here. No drought here this year! – we have a surplus of 5 inches!!!

  7. Ruth Hiebert Says:

    Wow!Those roses are gorgeous.
    Blessings,Ruth

  8. imac Says:

    Beauty of George and his Roses.
    Im behind with visiting too what with working and just bveen on holls, Hi George.

  9. Rose Says:

    Seems like for the past two or three years, we have had to mow three times in two weeks a big part of the summer. So, I know what you mean about being busy.

    I told Betsy, I bet your house does smell heavenly!

  10. theArthurClan Says:

    I can’t even imagine how wonderful all those roses must smell! At least they provide a bit of sunshine in the midst of all your rain. 🙂

  11. Tootie Says:

    Don’t worry about catching up on the blogs, George. I can understand that you have WAY more grass to cut, and also a full time job cutting roses for Betsy! 🙂 I can imagine how good the house must smell.

  12. Susie Says:

    I know what you mean George. We’ve had lots of rain too and upon returning home this weekend our yard was showing it. I was outside today trying to do some weeding. That’s one job that never gets done.

    Thanks for your well wishes for good weather on our trip. The weather couldn’t have been better. We had a wonderful time!

  13. Carletta Says:

    Gorgeous! Betsy is a lucky lady!

  14. Kathy Says:

    Oh I bet you house smells heavenly with all those roses. We get lots of rain but it usually comes in severe storms. You know I can’t remember the last time we just have a nice rain without all the bad stuff.

  15. Mary Says:

    I understand about catching up….seems like I’m always behind and I do love visiting everyone’s blogs.

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