Thursday, July 13, 2006


Ring a ring a roses, pocket full of posies, atishoo,atishoo, we all fall down...My orange tea six blooms in one moment.The seventh is on a seperate stem from the same rose.. Posted by Picasa

5 comments:

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... I love orange and yellow roses. Do yours have a scent? (I always hate asking that about beautiful roses--what more do I need from then but their good looks, really?!--but I'm obsessed with garden scents lately.)

Sylvana said...

I heard that the "Ring, A Ring O'Rosie" song was about the plague.

LOVE the roses! They look peach colored - that's my favorite flower color.

snappy said...

They smell lovely, sweet smelling, and very fragrant for thier size.they smell best when freshly opened, the colour is orange to start bu they fade with age.I have saved them from ignomious black rot end this year, and i love the blooms.my only mistake last year was pruning them.They are compact so this year i will leave them and see what next year brings.If only i could remember the name of them..

Tim said...

Hi Snappy,

My name is Tim. My wife and I do our gardening off the west coast of Canada on one of the Gulf Islands. I love your blog—I too used to write stream of consciousness when in college. You got pictures of the little guys, but where is Snow White?

We just started a gardening blog. Please come and visit. Sara grows beautiful flowers and I grow tasty vegetables. I should say that we facilitate the growth of these plants, since the Creator takes care of the growing.

We lack all the cool ornaments you have in your garden, but I do plan to buy a gnome or two. If only I could find the 7 dwarfs on this side of the water—or is that word not politically correct? I heard they like to be called Little People instead. Height challenged might be how bureaucrats put it.

You know what? I’ve finally discovered Harry Potter! I know that I’m a late comer to the books, but my kids were never interested, so I never bothered to pick up a copy. Someone gave me one so I decided to read it, and I’ve been thinking about England a lot lately. It’s a fascinating story and a lot of fun to read. No wonder so many kids have fallen in love with it over the years!

Aside from reading children’s books, I spend my time working at corporate communications. My wife is a registered nurse and does casual shifts at the local hospital. She is trying to create an English Garden type of assortment, with daylilies, calendula, daisies, Sweet William, a variety of roses, a huge butterfly bush, delphinium, and lavender.

In addition, we’re also waiting on a Mullein (Verbascum Phoeniceum “Violetta”) and a Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) bearing chartreuse flowers. Also yet to burst forth is a Peachleaf Bellflower (Campanula persicifolia) with its light blue petals. The Lavender “Ashdown Forest” is already thriving and attracting honey bees, and the hardy perennial Petrovskia atriplicifolia “Filigran” or Russian Sage, is also growing like a good shrub should. It’s flowers are purple, and it’s billed as “deer resistant.”

We had to spend a lot of money building a deer fence around our property. Sara and I spend so much time at our favorite hobby, that we don’t want it ruined by our four-legged friends. Occasionally, one or two jump the fence at its weakest point, but our faithful retriever Max barks up a storm and we open the gate to let them out.

We use 100% organic nutrients made by a Canadian company, Advanced Nutrients. Do you know of them? They distribute world-wide. Every couple of weeks we feed our plants with Iguana Juice Grow or Bloom, whichever is warranted. We spray the roses and all my vegetables with Scorpion Juice, to ward of pathogens. We too had a black spot skirmish (we forgot to spray a few rose bushes) but after applying this miracle product, our black spot seems to have gone (knock on wood).

Please continue to keep us informed of your progress and perhaps we can link blogsites, if you do that sort of thing.

snappy said...

Ring a ring o roses is indeed about the bubonic plague (black death) that decimated the european population, carried by black rats.The symptoms were red rash around the neck followed by sneezing fits before you died.A pocket full of posies?maybe some death rite.Its funny how nursery rhymes can have quite dark underlying themes.