Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beautiful "Knock Out" Rose!

Hi Everyone!

Wanted to share this photo with you.  It's called a "Knockout Rose" and my friends Sherry and Drew planted it about a year ago.  Isn't it beautiful?  I love the way it's kind of "loose"; that is - not so structured.  I think our rose bush is the same kind, but don't quote me on that!  Remember - my "gardening green thumb" turns everything black and dead! Thanks to Sherry and Drew for letting me share it with you!

By the way, has anyone seen Honeysuckle for sale yet this season?  I know Home Depot sometimes carries it and I'm SO EAGER to have a pot of it outside my studio.  Nigel - on the other hand - does NOT want it.  He says it grows too wild and gets into everything, but I'm determined to have some.  My grandfather had a beautiful bush of it on their last property and I loved going over there and smelling it.  When I was a kid, we lived near some woods and it grew wild around there.  I remember one early summer day, before it started getting really hot outside, I went out and picked big bunches of the stuff.  Then I gathered up any type of bottle or glass that would hold water.  I remember using a coke bottle and a vase I'd found somewhere and - knowing me - probably some of our "drinking glasses" as well.  Anyway, I filled them with water and put the Honeysuckle in. Then I opened all the windows in the house and put the bottles and glasses of Honeysuckle on the windowsills.  Oh.....the scent that filled the house was absolutely Heavenly!!  I can still smell it all these years later, and the cool breezes coming in refreshed the whole house!

Isn't it neat - all the little things we remember?  So yes - I'm going to get some Honeysuckle - one way or another!!  But out of deference to Nigel -because he does know what he's talking about when it comes to gardening - I've decided to grow it in a large pot to keep it from spreading.  It may not work, but it's certainly worth a try!

That's it for now!  Take care and have a happy week! Jan

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