Filters…or lack thereof

Howdy.  How the heck are ya on this lovely day?  I’m pretty much fine as frog’s hair (does anyone know where or who or why someone would be inspired to first utter the ridiculous words “I’m fine as frog’s hair”???  wth??  sounds like something google could tell me).  Me and Gibbs just got back from a short truck ride round the block to drop off the water bill payment and to get four bales of pine straw from my little local nursery.  Love my little town, but they really need to move it up to the 21st century…the water bill is the only bill I have to write a check for.  And every quarter when I write the check I have to mentally think about how to write out the dollar amount.  Seriously.  It sucks.  Step it up, Lake Helen!  Put Pay Pal on your website!!!!

Anyway.  I had a blog epiphany today.  Yep, sure did.  My epiphany (luv that word) is that I’m trying waaaaayyyy too hard to fit into the blogland niche of the perfect-garden-nothing-out-of-place-my-life-is-heaven-on-earth blogs. Yeah right.  First off, if someone tells me they’ve got the perfect garden with nothing out of place and their life is heaven on earth all the friggin time…well, I’m gonna tell them they’re a liar, liar pants on fire.  Then I’m gonna stick my tongue out at them.  That’ll tell em.  ha.  So this is the deal:  I’m gonna start being more me when I write.  After all…Roses and Gargoyles is MY blog about MY imperfect garden/house/life and how I deal with all that imperfectness (that might be a Jeanni word…).  If you want to follow along for the journey, then I say Hell yeah!  But what you’re gonna get on that journey is talk from someone who (as I’ve been told many, MANY times by my friends and family) really has no filters.  Things pretty much roll round my pretty little head then just kinda pop out my mouth.  Think Pez dispenser…  Sometimes I can hear a few brain cells whispering “whoa!  let’s think about that before we…oh, too late.”  Man, those brain cells need to learn to yell if they want me to listen to them…  Do I intentionally say things to hurt people?  No.  That is oh so not what I’m talking about.  What I do, though, is speak my mind.  If I think you’re being an idiot, well, sweetness, I’ll find some Southern lady-like way to tell your little pea pickin heart, God bless ya, that you’re an idiot!  And I LUV me some swear words.  Yeah bubba.  So you’re gonna see “wth’ and “wtf” and some other choice words bantered about.  You’ll know I’m REALLY pissed about something if I’m spelling those choice words out instead of abbreviating them.  Sorta like when Momma calls you by your first, middle, AND last name.  You know there’s some deep shiz going on then.

Yeah R and G is about me creating my new garden and renovating my house.  You’re gonna see garden pics that have weeds in the beds or shrubs with yellow leaves or a pool with leaves floating in it (thank goodness I got rid of that green water though…it’s back to sparkly blue again! damn algae).  And you’ll see house pics with dirt on the floor or a cobweb or two in the ceiling corners.  I’m pretty darn sure if you zoom in you might even see a spider in those cobwebs waving at you.  I’m also gonna talk about Gibbs, and my horrible day at work (or my good day…good days are known to happen at work sometimes), and my relationship with my Handsome Man, and so on, and so on.  But it’s gonna be real talk, not some make-believe oh-blogland-will-like-me-better-if-i’m-perfect fake crap.

My deal is this:  Don’t visit R and G if you expect perfection or if what I say offends you.  Consider yourself warned.

Phew.  Boy do I feel better now that that’s out of my system.

Ok.  Raise your hand if you want to see roses!!!  Some of these are ones in my garden now and some are from my previous gardens.  If the name is in burgundy and underlined that means it’s linked to its description page in “My Roses….”  Click the name and, viola!, you’ll see more stuff about it.

Souvenir de la Malmaison




Perfume Delight (previous garden)


Maman Cochet


Madame Berkeley




La France (previous garden)


K.A. Viktoria (close-up)


Baronne Henriette de Snoy


Kordes Perfecta


Kronprincessin Viktoria 01-10-2011


Madame Isaac Pereire


Antoine Rivoire


Don Juan

Don Juan

Double Delight

Double Delight

Ducher - 03/2011


Isabella Sprunt

Isabella Sprunt

Just Joey

Just Joey

Marchessa Bochella

Marchessa Bochella

The Dark Lady

The Dark Lady
Well, if we got roses then we need gargoyles…

Awwww...he's sucking his thumb.


Reading his book...

Well, I’m off to have drinks and dinner with my Handsome Man, so that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!
This week I’m linking up with these most awesome blogs.  Be sure to check em out!

44 responses to “Filters…or lack thereof

  • Lisa Sall

    Hey Jeanni – Thanks for stoppin’ by my blog! I love how blogging has led me to another user of the Folgers can!! Love this post – (at first I thought we were in for some unfiltered Folgers coffee?) Cheers to keepin’ it real, I love to find genuine shoot from the hip kinda people like yourself! Count me in on checking in now and again to see wth is happening in your world!
    Btw: Your roses are next to perfect I’d say!!

    • Jeanni

      Hey there Folgers-can-woman! I swear that just cracked me up when I read it on your blog. I really should graduate to the big-girl countertop composter like you got. Oh well…maybe one day. See you around!
      ps: thanks for the rose compliment, Lisa.

  • Judy

    Ahhhh, what a breath of fresh air!! I too am so sick of hearing how precious someones child ALWAYS is or how wonderful their Hubs is. We all live in the same world…I’ve lived it and know that kids pick their noses and worse, and the Hubs (just like me) makes mistakes.

    Let her go girl!! And if they can’t put their big girl panties on and deal with it, oh well.

    Thank you for the breath of fresh air PLUS providing beautiful roses for us to smell. I’m not a ‘rose person’, but I love looking at other’s. They are beautiful – but I just can’t deal with the thorns and the ones that have to be babied over our wicked Winters.

    • Jeanni

      Yep, it’s pretty much all about taking off the rose-colored glasses and puttin on the big-girl panties! Although I do like my rose-colored glasses when I’m looking at my roses. ha! I don’t have kids so don’t know too much about the nose-pickin but I do know Gibbs, my dog, licks his butt an awful lot. He seems to like it so who am I to tell him “no”! lol. Gracious no…I wouldn’t grow roses either if I lived where you do. Most of mine are Old Garden Roses that don’t need too much babying. See you around, Judy!

  • Cas

    Hi Jeanni! LMAO…well said!! I agree some of the more sugar-coated blogs out there are a leeetle of the top 🙂 I’ve included images of some of the uglier aspects of our renovation on my blog and they just don’t seem to be received very well at all *shrugs*
    I lurrve your roses and your gargoyle is very cute too. Thanks dropping by my blog earlier, hope to see you again sometime 🙂

    • Jeanni

      And that’s what I don’t understand…yeah, looking at the finished project is cool but I want to see the process of getting to the finished project. A lot of times others do things different than I do and I’m always picking up new ideas on how to sand this, or paint that, or whatever. Thanks, Cas…I’ll def see you around!

  • Bella's Rose Cottage

    Hi Jeanni,
    Fantastic post! I have never seen a real garden without a weed! and all those roses are perfect, perfect perfect! great collection too!
    Thanks for the tour:-)

  • L'Heure Bleue At Home

    You put the “R” in “Real” as in keeping it real and that’s a compliment! Your post made me laugh. I do wonder sometimes if I should talk about the inevitable bumps in the road or just keep everything light.

    • Jeanni

      I think that depends solely on yours feelings about talking about things like that. Are you comforable with sharing with total strangers? Does it make you feel good or bad? That’s some of what we have to think about before putting comments out there for the whole world to see. Very much has to be a personal preference…not something you feel you HAVE to do. Love your blog btw…

  • Anne

    Such lovely roses! Antoine Rivoire is my fave hands down. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments.


    • Jeanni

      Ahhhh Antoine. You know for a fact that if roses could talk he’d have the most fab French accent! Those pics don’t do justice to how porcelien pink his petals are. Oh and his fragrance! yum yum.

  • ~~Rhonda

    Your roses are beautiful, Jeanni. Such a lovely variety of color and form. I can almost smell them! I look forward to your “unfiltered” garden posts! BTW, I looked up at the ceiling light this evening and saw a spider web strung across it. We’re all in the same boat, if we’d only admit it! 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  • Racquel

    Hi Jeanni, thanks for stopping by my blog for Bloomin’ Tuesday. You have some gorgeous Roses in your garden, so jealous. I’m not good with those beautiful plants, they require too much one on one attention for me. 🙂

    • Jeanni

      Hey there, Becca! Love your blog…don’t know if you follow college football but if you do be warned that I’m a FLORIDA GATOR fan! Go Gators!

  • Jean

    Jeanni, I’m thinking you’ve come to the right place! You are just what we are looking for for Bloomin’ Tuesday! There is nothing perfect about my home, life or garden! Your roses, tho, do look perfect, and beautiful! Thanks! Jean

    • Jeanni

      Well thank you, Jean! I sure do like being part of Bloomin’ Tuesday. Thanks for taking the time to host it.
      btw…your LB Wilder quote is awesome.

  • jeanne

    Jenni, you just gave me a good belly laugh. Lets be real any old day. Your roses take my breath away. the only other roses I have seen like yours in Beverly’s on Pink Sat. You know your wy around a camera.
    Thanks for coming over to see me today. You rock!!! I want to see weeds, I have them too. HA!
    Hugs, Jeanne

    • Jeanni

      Oh Jeanne…trust me you will see weeds! Well I’m glad I made you laugh and took your breath away! I hadn’t found Beverly’s on Pink Saturday yet…thanks for mentioning it…I’ll pop on over there.
      The Other Jeanni

  • Meadowsweet Cottage

    Lovely roses! You have one of the nicest collections I’ve seen. Nothing wrong with same ol’, same ol’ but it’s nice to see something different!

    • Jeanni

      Cool blog, girl! Trust me…I use “love” way too much too. But if that’s they way we feel about something, what’s the problem? And Karma’s the best…

  • Deb

    What a lot of different roses you have! i love roses but only recently planted 10 knockouts….5 red and 5 pink. My favorite color of rose is yellow. Yours are all beautiful.

  • Jeanni

    Hi, Deb! Loved your post about your Mom and P. Allen Smith and the Knockouts! So sweet! Yellow roses are divine looking, aren’t they. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • vickie

    Well your roses look perfect, even if nothing else in your life is!HA! I don’t know anyone with a perfect life, though SOMEpeople would have you believe…I’m just saying.

  • Nancy Norton

    Thanks for dropping by the Weathered Pane, Jeannie! Love love love all your roses. Here in Alaska, we have best luck with Rugosa roses. And for most of your other flowers…. I have no idea what they are! Okay, Day Lillies. I don’t know warm weather plants at all. I couldn’t agree with you more about all those perfect blogs. You look at their pictures and wonder where the clutter is and the dirt and pile of toys. So keep it real! And come visit me again! Nancy

    • Jeanni

      Oh my goodness…Alaska. I’ve got a cousin who lives in Fairbanks. One day I’m gonna get up there to visit her and finally see Alaska. I’ll definetly be back to see you! Thanks, Nancy.

  • Pat

    Your roses are gorgeous, Jeanni!

    We should all write our blogs the way we want to and for the reasons we desire, so I say go ahead and do what makes you happy! 🙂

  • Sunray Gardens

    Beautiful Roses and cool gargoyles. Thanks for stopping by.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  • Fishtail Cottage

    The photo of ‘Antoine Rivoire’ is absolutely stunning! Every one of your roses are gorgeous! I am so excited to have you link up to Cottage Flora Thursday’s Garden Party over here at Fishtail Cottage. Hope to see you again next week! xoxo, tracie

  • abeachcottage

    Great post 🙂 and your roses are lovely. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing.

  • Carla

    Hello Jeanni! New to your blog. Popped over from Jean’s BT. A big WOW!!! to all your roses. Gorgeous. Roses scare me. I have two bushes of one type – Knockout. How much easier can ya get?

    Also, high-five to you and your recent epiphany. As much as we all look to be inspired by “perfection”, sometimes good doses of reality is what keeps us grounded. I look forward to stopping back regularly for some unfiltered reality! ;o)

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms.

    • Jeanni

      Don’t be scared of roses, Carla! They might scratch you with their thorns but they won’t bite… 😉 KOs are beautiful and great way to grow roses without all the work. Thanks for popping over!

  • My Little Home and Garden

    Hi, Jeanni. Thanks for stopping by my blog. You can count me in the it-sure-isn’t-perfect-but-you-can-put-your-feet-on-the-furniture type of person. I laughed when I read your post; you have a great way with words! -Karen

  • My Little Home and Garden

    Your roses are lovely; what a great variety you have. Just Joey is a gorgeous colour. I’m hoping to have more blooms when it cools down in my corner of the world!

    • Jeanni

      Just Joey is absolutely beautiful. You don’t see him grown much and I’m not sure why. Yeah, mine haven’t been the blooming machines they usually are cause of our heat and no rain. But Fall will be here soon…

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