Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Would a Business Actually Do This?

I'm taking a minute away from gardening and other stuff to show you a screen shot of a spam email that I received yesterday.

I'm not sure what the advantage is to buying social media followers, but there must be one.  I told my daughter about this, and she said that there was recently a big purge of fake followers and accounts on Instagram.  

I took this as a learning experience, shook my head at the prospect of anyone falling for such a thing, then hit the 'Delete' button ... sending this to the trash, where it belongs.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Roses in the Garden, May 19

Here is a sampling of the photos that I took during my walk in the garden early this morning.

'Glenn Dale' is a totally amazing rose.  Once blooming, easy to train, and produces hundreds of flowers every spring.

More buds than flowers right now.  The main show is still to come.

Climbing American Beauty is an early one every year.

Golden Century, mini climber, behaving itself and staying on its upside down tomato cage support.

Climbing Lavender Lace turned out to be too large and unruly to confine to a tomato cage.

Alchymist buds.

Alchymist buds.

This is a found rose from California.  As far as I know, I have the only plant outside of California.

One side of my Hybrid Tea garden.  I see Mrs. Joseph Bonaire, Maria Stern, Shot Silk, Gruss an Aachen, Dairy Maid, President Vignet, and others.

Moonlight is such a photogenic rose.

Accidental combination of Moonlight and Shailer's Provence.

One corner of the Hybrid Tea garden, with Else Poulsen, Chinatown, Lundy's Lane Yellow, Zalud House Shingled Raspberry, Reveille Dijonnais, and others.

Subtle colors on a flower of Lundy's Lane Yellow.

West side of the Hybrid Tea garden, with Else Poulsen, Ivory Triumph, Jiminy Cricket, Poulsen's Pearl, Lundy's Lane Yellow, Captain Christy, and others.

Pots in the driveway even look good when they're blooming.

Perle d'Or is one of my very favorite roses.

I can't wait till that sidebud opens, to see if it's single, too, or double like Perle d'Or usually is.

This Alister Stella Gray was sent to me as a rooted cutting by a woman in DC who found it growing up to the second floor of a townhouse.

Tidewater Trail is my own foundling.

Another flower cluster on Tidewater Trail.

Charlotte Anne is a sport of Playgirl.

I love singles most of all ... Dairy Maid is a little piece of sunshine, as a friend said on FB.

Old Gold was an early attempt to breed yellow into modern roses.

There's a bit of yellow in there, in the center of the new flower and as the petals age.

These flowers have opened within the past few days.  Most of the garden still has more buds than flowers, so the show will continue for the next few weeks.  This is such an exciting time of year ... what I work for ... let the show begin!!

Don't forget, Open Garden Day is Sunday, June 7.  If you can, make plans to come meet the roses in person.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sunday Snapshot ... Checking on the Doves in the Greenhouse

Mr. and Mrs. Birdbrain Mourning Dove are the proud parents of twins!  I have been a good girl and I have left this nest completely alone since I noticed it last month ... it's been killing me, I tell ya.  The other day, curiosity got the better of me and I set up my ladder to take a quick peek.  This is what I saw:

Judging from their size, it's not going to be long before these babies leave the nest.  Mama and Papa have been going in and out of the greenhouse easily, so I have no reason to believe that it won't be the same for the babies when it's time for them to fly.  I will keep an eye out till then, just in case I need to perform another rescue .

Sunday Snapshots are posts that are devoted to a moment in time that represents a slice of life in Hartwood, or wherever else I happen to be.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lynchburg Day Trip, Part Two ... Porch Research

If you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you probably already know that one of my long-term projects is researching and recreating millwork elements for our front porch.  Our house was built as a gingerbread Gothic Revival ... during a renovation in 1967, all of the trim was stripped and replaced with colonial-style flat trim.  The front porch lost its Gothic Victorian gingerbread long before that.

I believe that this is the oldest photo that we have of our house, taken in the 1930s.  Notice the ladder leaning against the side of the house.  I have another photo that shows painters working on the front door surround.  My theory is that the front porch railing and tapered box columns were new at this point.

Our porch currently looks like this.  We rebuilt it in 2005, replacing rotting framing, posts, floor, and trim.  It has been in this state for so long because we found no clues about what it may have looked like originally.  Whatever we do is going to be our interpretation and recreation of an 1800s porch ... a fact that has made me very nervous.

Cedar 4x4 support posts, and a railing made from 2x4s and 36" grade stakes.

Last winter, one day while I was pondering my porch problem, I turned to Pinterest for inspiration.  I don't remember exactly what terms I used in my search, but whatever it was helped me find buried treasure ... this photo of the John Marshall Warwick house in Lynchburg!

The Pinterest pin linked to an album of photos on Flickr, where I found this photo of the house's facade.  (There are nine photos in the album.  Click HERE if you want to see them for yourself.)

Our second stop during our Lynchburg day trip last weekend was to see this house in person.  It definitely did not disappoint.

This porch has everything that I have considered using on the redesign of our porch ... double front columns, sawn balusters for the porch railing, fretwork corner brackets ... even a curved iron handrail on the stairs.  

What this porch brings to the design of our porch is the use of those little double corbels on the fascia board over each column.  

I'm more energized than ever about the prospect of finally putting pretty stuff back onto our front porch.  Can't work on it now, though, because spring is the time for garden work.  Any time I use for porch work takes away from other things that I need to be doing at this time of year.  That's okay.  Now that I have finally seen a porch that matches the feeling that I want our porch to have, I will file this away until the time is right to act on it.  This porch design keeps getting better as I wait to work on it, as I discover new ideas and refine the ideas that I already plan to use.  I may not be physically working to rebuild the pretty parts of our porch yet, but this project is definitely running in the background of my imagination.

(Want to see earlier posts where I show how the design of our porch has evolved?  Click the HERE to see all posts labeled "Porch".)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Antique Rose Festival at Lynchburg's Old City Cemetery

The Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia, is an amazing place.  It's much more than just a place for those who have passed on ... it has historic buildings, museum exhibits, loads of special events throughout the year, a very busy chapel, and more.  (Weddings at the cemetery?  Lots of people do.)  Let's not forget, they have roses!

This past weekend was the cemetery's annual Antique Rose Festival.  My husband and I drove down on Saturday.  The weather was perfect!

The roses were just starting to flower.  (This spring, things are all a little bit late.)  I spent most of my time admiring the roses, and visiting with the folks that I know there.  It's been at least four years since I last visited, and it was good to catch up and hear what's been going on.  I did take time to snap a few photos for you.

This 'Harison's Yellow' was a fountain of gorgeous yellow flowers.

My favorite rose was this one ... sadly, it had lost its tag and no one was sure of its identity.  The plant was large (5' high and about 6-or-more feet wide), the white flowers are about an inch and a half in diameter, and the incredible fragrance was perfuming that entire end of the garden.  Any ideas?

The icing on top of this event for me is that there are dozens of varieties of heritage roses for sale!

I was tempted by so many of them!  In the end, I followed my heart and only brought home one ... "Polk Street Noisette".  It's a rose that was found at an old house in the neighborhood beside the cemetery.  No one working the sale could tell me anything about it, but I didn't care.  I have a fondness for found roses, with their stories of survival and discovery.  This new rose is already planted in my garden, in the front yard rose border.  I can't wait to see what it does as it grows!

In addition to the cemetery, we made two other stops in Lynchburg while we were there.  More to come, later in the week.

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