62 thoughts on “at a distance

      1. We still have about 150 rose bushes. We had 300 at one time. But cold winters and very late hard frosts have done in over half of our rose bushes over the years. With water issues, health issues and time constraints we’ve only replaced a few bushes over the years.

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          1. Fortunately roses are not as high maintenance as many plants, but they still take time and work. One cold snap took out over 100 rose bushes in one night. It was demoralizing and made it difficult to get the enthusiasm to replace them all.

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  1. Lovely Rose and lovely prose Rene. Growing flowers has been a kind of therapy for me, another way to enter the zen zone. Caring for a flower garden is hard work but the rewards are worth it. I call them my mistresses because of the attention I give them. 🌺😍 I see you enjoy the quiet beauty of nature’s bloom also.

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      1. Ahhh, the thorns. They remind me to treat the roses delicately. I have to trim the roses each spring and that requires me to suit up in my garden armor. I’ll start posting my flower pics on IG soon. We can trade pics 😎🌺😎

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          1. I do indeed have the purple hibiscus. It grows right next to the peach tree. They are good friends and they both have a lot of kids growing up next to them. They grow on the bank of the stream in back of the house. I’m hoping to cover the entire back with hibiscus and peach trees, but wild, not orchard style.

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          2. That sounds lovely. No purple hibiscus around here, but red and pink, single and double. Bougainvillea, so beautiful but rogue and with huge thorns . I haven’t seen any peach trees but lots of orange orchards and guava, avocado. It’s interesting to compare indigenous plants/trees to various areas.
            🤗🌺🌴🌸🌺

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          3. That’s one of the many things I liked about Florida was the attention to beautiful lawns and the wide variety of things one can grow if they try. My sister grows pineapples in the front yard and just goes outside, picks a ripe one and voila, pineapple for desert. She has a green thumb all the way up to her elbows. My favorite other place was the California vinyards. They went all out on landscaping the wineries. Wine wasn’t bad either.😎🍇🍷

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  2. You’re so fantastic! How are you able to come up with these photos? I’m a new blogger, and as I continue to watch other bloggers who had years of experience. It intimidates me😅.

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  3. Hello dear Holly!
    Fabulous mini-poem!
    It’s all “from a distance”. You never take us close up.
    It makes me think that beauty exists in all dimensions, but that each dimension is scrutable.
    ❦❦❦

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      1. Oh wow, I love that for you. I was thinking this is a good time to prune the trees and other plants that have grown between my roses. I can finally see them now. I love that you live in warm climate. 2 of my friends have moved to Florida. It draws many I know. xoxo ❤️

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