1049. Gardening is the work of a lifetime: You never finish. ~Oscar de la Renta

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe,
to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life.
This is the commonest delight of the race,
the most satisfactory thing a man can do.
~Charles Dudley Wagner

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And I thought I was a giddy squealer yesterday when Oliver’s 4 new poetry books arrived. That is until today, when the 7 new antique roses I ordered were delivered, and then even greater rejoicing erupted. Oh but wait. That would have been more than enough, but it didn’t end there. Next came the new rose catalog with a collection of 4 stunning and deliciously hued roses, roses reminiscent of the admired ones I’d seen in Britain and Europe. Not only were the 4 roses amazing, but the name of the group was The Downton Abbey Collection. So you know what happened next don’t you?! I ordered them of course and then spent the afternoon trying to figure out where I’m going to plant 12 new roses. Twelve? Did I say 12? Yes, I did and I do know that 7 plus 4 equals eleven, but there’s also the other new rose I’d already bought before these purchases. An even dozen really does sound better, don’t you think?! But why so many? Well, last year for whatever reason, maybe from the unusual, huge amounts of rain we got in the spring, or the roots of those existing roses were severed by workers installing the sprinkler system, or they died due to weed killers running downhill off my neighbor’s yard. Whatever the cause,  the result was a great and sad loss of “rosy” life in my realm. So, were these recent expenditures extravagant on my part, possibly! Were they entirely necessary for my being, absolutely! Have I got buyer’s remorse about any of them, oh hell no?!

Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat(enjoy) what they produce. ~Edited excerpt from Jeremiah 29:5 ✝

32 thoughts on “1049. Gardening is the work of a lifetime: You never finish. ~Oscar de la Renta

  1. Sorry about wet weather and workers not being careful of your roses, Natalie. Those Downtown Abbey, roses look gorgeous. Old style roses have more depth and many more petals. I just love the photos, Natalie. ♡ as always sent your way, Robin

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    • Oh they didn’t know nor did I that their roots had grown that far out. And that may not have been what did it. But something sure did. I love the old roses too as well as the large many petaled ones we saw overseas. These may not do so well here in our intensely hot summers, but I couldn’t resist giving them a shot. I had about 70 roses at one time in my yard Robin and over the years, the numbers have dwindled for an assortment of reasons. So it was time to plant some more and I so hope these Downton Abbey ones do well. The other antique ones are grown here in Texas and I have lots of them already in my yard so I know they will thrive. Love and hugs back to you, N 🙂 ❤


  2. I love that quot, you never do finish a garden. There are always new plants and seeds to put in and then there are a surprise or two the birds add. 🙂 Enjoy your new babies and yes, take lots of pics.

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    • Know you never do. And they are never the same from year to year even if you don’t lose anything or plant anything new. And I love the surprises you mentioned. I will be taking lots of pics and posting them on here. I sure hope they do well in our hot, hot summers. Love, N 🙂 ❤


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