Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feels like Florida again!

Thank goodness it's warming up again down here in the deep south!  But, I won't go on about that as I know we still had excellent weather compared to most of the nation.  The other day I came across this photo I took of a rose park where we lived up north several years ago.  I remember how lush and decadent it felt to be among these gorgeous roses.

They had such charming displays.

They had every color imaginable and the fragrance was magnificent!

I had quite a few rose bushes in the yard up north as well.  I can't believe I didn't take more photos!  I chose them for fragrance and most were the old-fashioned kind.  I really miss them a lot.  (I also miss that herb planter as I don't have any railings to mount it to down here)

I think this was my favorite rose.  They were such huge blooms and the fragrance was a bit like Juicy Fruit gum.  (Which I haven't had for ages)  Anyway, I have to laugh at how I sure wasn't very good at setting up a photo back then.  Leaving all the mail and newspaper hanging around in the background along with some debris and a dog bone!  Oh, well, I hope I've improved a little since then, lol.  

I've only had one rose since we've been living here in Florida.  It was a Tropicana rose and it did quite nicely for awhile.  But when winter came it started declining and before I knew it, it was gone.  Now, I admit it was mostly my fault, I wasn't sure quite what to do with a rose in zone 10.  I also had it in a big pot, because I thought I might have to move it about when the sun got super hot.  Well, I have since learned a bit about roses, so I'd like to give it another try this year.  I hope I can find one with a bit more fragrance though.  Not that this rose wasn't fragrant, just not so much so.

But, I'll most likely keep to growing things that do well down here, like orchids.  This is my $10 bargain cymbidium that I got for that price because one of the flower stems was broken.  I can't believe they marked it that low for me.  I love a bargain!

It has some gorgeous lime green blooms!  And I LOVE lime green blooms.

This shot makes them look a little yellowy, but it was just the lighting.

I've been fascinated lately with botanical shots edited in infrared.  So, I'm trying my hand at it, I'm not sure exactly what I'm doing.

I like to think I'm firing up the old brain pathways and keeping my mind sharper by trying something new!  Plus, it's fun!    Let me know what you think, you won't hurt my feelings if you don't like it!  Cheers!


Deborah said...

great pics..do you know the name of the yellow rose? Yellow roses are my favorite...thanks Deborah

Janice Day said...

Great shots as usual. As for your comment about setting up for a photo I know what you mean. I often look back on some of mine and wonder how I could not have noticed how certain objects in the background would detract from the photo. But we all have to learn.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Deborah! Hey, thanks so much for having a look! That's really nice of you! I don't remember what the name of that yellow rose is. It's been awhile. I did get it at that nice garden center in Dublin that serves lunch and has the great gift shop. Forgot the name of that also, geesh! So sorry! If I come across it, I'll let you know - might be in my garden journal!

Lynn McIntosh said...

Hi Janice! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am learning so much with photography every day, I find there's so many directions to try! Thank you for your nice compliment! You must be having splendid weather in Oz right now!