Another cabbage rose bloom - the color on both of these photos is pretty true - one is darker and one is a very soft pink. I left some of the photos in this post big, so if you click on them you can see the detail better.
This is Hawkeye Belle - which I have posted before. I really love the delicate color of this rose. (Oh, not sure if this actually is Hawkeye Belle - but that's what I'm calling it, because, hey, that's what the tag says!!) My only problem with light colored roses - white, peach or pale pink - is that the edges look very brown as they age. On a darker rose you don't notice that as much.
This is a rose bush down in the lakeshore garden - right next to William Baffin. It is John Davis - it's a beautiful clear, true pink - and it's loaded with blooms for a very long time. I'm amazed it can even stay upright - a ton of beautiful flowers here. The two together are simply unbelieveable.
This is Gertrude Jekyll - the rose I have to bury each year. I'll show an open flower later - this is a very pretty rose. And I wish you could smell it - heaven!
This is Country Dancer - I think I posted a bud earlier. A very pretty rose that repeats throughout the summer.
Friday our neighbor and friend, Gary, called and asked if I could use some good black dirt. He had picked up a load to do some work in his yard and his daughter's and ended up with extra. Well, of course, I can always find a place for good dirt!! So he brought it down, and we unloaded it. Mark in the meantime started making burgers to throw on the grill, and we called Gary's wife, Jeanette, and told her to come down too. We had a simply lovely evening sitting on the porch - eating burgers and drinking a very good bottle of wine. I love spontaneous evenings like this - where you don't have to clean the house (altho I was happy I'd washed the porch screens in the afternoon!!) or make a big fancy dinner. Just good friends, fun conversation, and a really great time. It seems like we don't do nearly enough of this - so hopefully Friday night was the beginning of a lovely summer full of easy entertaining. Thanks guys!
The downside to that lovely evening (if there even was one) was that I had to move all that beautiful dirt this morning. Good exercise! Jeanette did a garden tour with me last night after we ate - it's so fun to share the gardens. Pretty much why I love doing this blog - thanks to everyone who takes the time to look at all my photos and comment - it is much appreciated!