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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!

Unknown Daylily

Hi all!  And how was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was absolutely fabulous.  Had a long four-day weekend that I put to good use by working in the garden like crazy, hung out with part of the gang on Sunday, and had another part of the gang over on Monday for dinner, drinks, and fireworks watching.  Was tough hearing that alarm ringing by my head this morning…

While I was working like crazy in the garden I noticed one of my Black-Eyed Stella daylilies had buds that looked darker than normal.  I passed it off to the weird weather we’ve been having.  Well, the next day two of the buds had opened and I saw that, no, the dark buds were not due to weird weather.  They were due to the fact that instead of looking like this when they opened:

Black-Eyed Stella Daylily

they looked like this:

Unknown Daylily
Is that beautiful or what???  Definitely not complaining that it’s not Black-Eyed but it was just very unexpected.  So my mission now is to figure out who she is.  Thankfully I remember the nursery I bought that group of bulbs from so I’ll just peruse their catalog to find the match.  Or if any of you out there know, fill me in on the secret!  She’s in a border of Black-Eyeds, so she’ll look a bit out of place once they all start reblooming.  How cool is it though that the colors are the same, just reversed.  Very neat.  But I think I’ll leave her there till cooler weather rolls around.  That’ll give me plenty of time to figure out where to plant her.
I took a ton of pics of her and they all turned out so well I had a really hard time narrowing down which ones to post.  Obviously I didn’t do a very good job cause there are lots of pics for you to look at.
Click here to get more info on her.
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 Oh good Lord.  I have GOT to get a newer, faster computer if I’m gonna keep uploading this many pics.  This is taking forever…
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I ended up deleting alot of the pics cause they were just way too much alike.  I still really do need to get a faster computer though.  Actually I’m jonesing for a laptop so I can sit outside while working on this.  That would be great.

Hey, I’m trying to figure out the best way to link my posts to my plant descriptions pages.  So there’s prob gonna be a few changes here and there while I figure that out.  Let me know if you’re having problems finding anything.

I’m linking up this week with:

Good Life Wednesdays at A Beach Cottage – Life by the Sea

and Cottage Flora Thursday #26 at Fishtail Cottage

and Fertilizer Friday / Flaunt Your Flowers at Tootsie Time

Y’all need to check out Good Life Wednesdays, Cottage Flora Thursdays, and Fertilizer Friday …they’ve got links to a ton of really cool blogs.  I’m so digging them every week.  Thanks to Sarah, Tracie, and Glenda for hosting them!

Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!