Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall …

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.  ~~ Arthur Freed

Into each life some rain must fall (at least according to Longfellow) but around here that has been a VERY little rain, lately — but we did get a nice shower a few  days ago.  It washed the leaves and cleaned the air.

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Rain has been a largely absent commodity this year.  We’ve just left behind one of the driest winters I remember in awhile.  I fear it is going to be blisteringly hot this summer — the seasonal creeks that usually have water in them at least until July are already almost dry. That’s why it was so nice to spend some time in the rain-sweet garden –just breathing in the clean,sweet air.

When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. ~~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.   ~~ Langston Hughes

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This rose looked unearthly in the overcast light- an eerie beauty … and no, it’s not photo shopped.

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I don’t expect more rain for quite sometime, but — oh — it was a lovely gift while it lasted!

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

“I believe in roses. Oh God, yes! I do believe in roses! And I believe in lots and lots and lots of them, too!”  ~~ C. JoyBell

Lord, it’s been ages since I posted here!  I thought Spring would be such a great time to garden-blog — and I’m still sure it is — but things got more than a little hectic around here recently, with a loss in Ray’s family, and new personnel in the business — and Spring sort of had to make it on it’s own out there.  I do have dozens of photos but no blog to go with them.

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Rather than try to play “catch up,” I’m just going to jump in with the biggest thing going right now — which is roses — roses everywhere!  Our Mediterranean climate here seems perfectly suited for roses, and they are everywhere you look.

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I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. ~~ Emma Goldman

I unfortunately do not have names for  most of these roses, but here’s the one I do know — the Fourth of July climber:

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I do love this rose!

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”   ~~ William ShakespeareRomeo and Juliet

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“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”  ~~ Antoine de Saint-ExupéryThe Little Prince