A lovely Fragrant Cloud

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Fragrant Cloud Rose

I started out this year taking a lot more photos than I did last year, but something happened along the way and I’ve barely taken any pictures this summer at all. Honest, I was just searching through my rather large stock of photos and I really didn’t take very many postable photos in July or August. I guess I’ll have to make up for that this month.

So … This lovely flower is the beautiful Fragrant Cloud Rose. It blooms on and off throughout the season and it does have a lovely scent just as it’s name advertises. I grow a number of roses in my garden but the scented ones and the full petaled ones are definitely my favorites.

Do you enjoy roses? Do you love the smell of roses? I mean true rose fragrance, not the kind that you get in the florist shop these days.

Oh, in other news, I’ve just finished updating this site. Do you like the new look of The Breath of Life Photo Blog? It now has an interactive front page where I can have featured photos, and a blog page, a nicely laid out archive page and just better functionality over all. I hope you like it.





Spring was very early this year

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All of the spring flowers in my garden are coming up earlier than they usually do!

My crocuses came up on March 15th and bloomed until about the middle of April. They usually come up toward the end of March, but we had a beautiful winter this year with much warmer than average temperatures (above freezing most of the time) and absolutely NO snow in March at all! We set records!

So no wonder all my plants are ahead of themselves, eh?

Right now my garden has Tulips, Daffodils, Muscarii, Hyacinth and more in bloom and my roses are and many other perennial plants are all leafed out. All of these plants have been active and showing signs of life since mid to late March and the flowers that I just said were blooming started blooming in early April! Way earlier than normal.

How’s your garden this year? I know that a lot of my readers in the US had a terrible winter with lots of snow … but most of us here in The Great White North (Canada) had a fantastic winter with very little snow (uh remember the Olympics?).

I know, I’m gloating .. but we usually have worse winters than most, so give me this one, would ya?

The Fairy – a tiny little rose

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These little beauties are called The Fairy rose. They’re small roses, maybe an inch in diameter, but the rose bush blooms prolifically and is absolutely covered with roses. Roses all summer long in fact.

The Fairy is a hardy rose and because it’s almost constantly in bloom it’s perfect for someone that wants an easy care garden.

Rose Parade

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It’s a virtual rose parade on my property … at least at this time of year. How fitting that I actually have a climbing rose called Parade!

Depending upon how warm it is each year, my many roses (over 60 plants!) begin to bloom anywhere from early to mid-June and the virtual rose parade goes on until early to mid July. Then, roses that are continuous bloomers (many of mine) sporadically put out roses until November or so each year.

Of course there’s nothing quite like the first flush of roses each season. Those blooms are the most abundant and most vibrant in color and scent. At least I think they are.

Do you grow roses?