Saturday, January 24, 2015

June roses in January










We're having a fairly snowy winter for my neck of the woods and I'm mostly enjoying it. We don't get a lot of snow, maybe an inch or two at a time, but we've had several storms so far. It's nice to have a little snow; everything looks pretty with a bit of snow on it. It's cold, though; I feel like I can only get warm enough when I'm in bed at night, under a sheet, a cotton waffle-weave blanket, a duvet and an afghan on top of all of that. I'm always looking for more things to pile onto myself as I go through my day. Socks, slippers, a sweater over my long-sleeved top, an afghan when I'm reading or watching TV at night. Ever try to crochet an afghan while wearing another afghan? It's awkward.

This week, we had a strong storm which included very high winds. The wind was so loud and so forceful that I couldn't sleep. I lay in bed listening to it howl across the roof, slamming into the steel walls of the swamp cooler and sending loose items crashing around the backyard. I worried about the chickens but they were fine and they even managed to lay an egg apiece overnight. They're tougher than they look. I, on the other hand, am a wimp. That wind was scary and I was so glad when it finally died down late in the morning. The storm left behind very cold weather but there was fresh snow and the crystalline skies that I love in wintertime.

While trying to will myself into bodily warmth this week, I've been thinking about the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park, which the Bear and I visited on our trip to San Francisco last summer. The roses were in full bloom during our visit and we spent a couple of hours wandering. We ate a simple lunch on a fallen log under tall pines. There were many people around - tourists, dog-walkers, a preschool class on a field trip - but it was peaceful. And oh, those roses. There were so many kinds and they were hardy, prolific and stunning. I have a weakness for roses; my wedding bouquet was a densely-packed ball of pink and ivory ones. I took photo after photo that day in the rose garden - I just couldn't get enough of that beautiful space! My memories of that lovely June afternoon make me feel a little bit warmer now, in the heart of winter.

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful rose photos; it's nice to have a little bit of Summer on a cold January day. I must admit to quite liking storms when I'm tucked up in bed at night - they make me feel all warm and cosy. I just have to try hard not to think about things like fence panels, trees etc! Enjoy your weekend. x

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  2. The roses are beautiful! A nice reminder that it won't always be January. :-)

    I love a good storm, and I especially enjoy lying in bed listening to it pound the house. The one downside is where we live now those kinds of storms often lead to a power outage, which means I can't make my morning cup of tea. That part I'm not so fond of!

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  3. Beautiful roses, I hate a windy storm. Makes no difference to me if I am tucked up nice & cosy. All the possible damage goes through my head so I can't relax. Hope it warms up a bit for you this week. x

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  4. We have had a lot of windy storms recently but no snow. Those roses are stunning a real delight and are a lovely memory of a wonderful trip. June will be here again before we know it.

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  5. I thought you were going to say that the roses were still blooming. We've had quite a mild winter so far this year that there's lots of roses still blooming, amazing. My favourite roses are the simple singles like the ones in your last photo, beautiful.

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  6. I love roses too and for my wedding bouquet I had a bunch of dark pink roses that a friend of mine arranged so beautifully. We also had snow here this week and freezing weather. I was so glad to see blue skies and sunshine today. x

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  7. I also thought your roses were blooming right now and I was ready to move there. LOL! We're having some sunny days and I am wishing for a drive to the ocean for the day. Hmm.. but I also want to crochet a hat for Taci's hat project. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. A blast of sunshine! I think we should all be posting sunny photos through this endless January weather. Jx

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  9. Beautiful roses, Jennifer. I can almost smell them! :o)

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  10. What beautiful roses, I long for those days again!!
    V x

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  11. They're gorgeous. I was looking at some of my summer flower photos a couple of days ago and it made me long for summer. There's a house near here that sometimes has a bright pink rose blooming in January. In fact there was a very tatty pale pink one at the allotment last time I went (about a week ago). They start flowering in June and just keep on going, it's quite incredible. I love the white one in your pictures, the pale pink one with dozens and dozens of petals - these are my favourite kind of rose I think, and the last one, which looks like a magnet for bees. CJ xx

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  12. oh those are gorgeous, roses are my most favourite flower

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  13. Warm hugs from this summer side of the world ♥ Those roses are beautiful xoxo

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  14. I love the roses. I noticed today that one of my rose rose bushes has a couple of buds on it! X

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  15. Beautiful roses. I can't wait for the summer. I hate the cold. keep wrapped up and cosy.
    Rosezeeta.

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  16. I love your roses! My favorite is the 5th one down - it almost looks like a peony.

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  17. Looking outside right now it's hard to
    Believe that green things will grow again, it's pretty white and the ground is frozen. The roses are so beautiful. And they do smell divine! Keep warm!

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  18. Beautiful roses! Spring is coming don't worry! :) xxx

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  19. Yep....I needed that! The sight of those roses made me excited to start digging in the garden once again!!! Just gorgeous Jennifer!! And I hear you on those winds! I am the same way as I often worry about the big trees that surround my house and limbs falling down. Glad you are keeping cozy and warm....wishing you a lovely Sunday! Nicole xoxo

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  20. I feel the same as you do Jennifer. I'm so ready for spring. I think it's the January doldrums. We haven't had much wind lately but when we do I'm a wimp too. The roses help. It gives hope that winter will pass and spring will come.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  21. Hello Jennifer,

    In the cold and dreary winter days it is good to look at cheerful images of sun, sea, blue skies and flowers. How those Roses have brightened your readers' days as well as warmed your own heart with precious memories of those happy summer days.

    And, all one wants to do is hibernate under the duvet and wait for Spring. It will be here soon enough.

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  22. The memories of your roses - and the beautiful photos - are wonderful at any time, but especially when it is cold and stormy and snowy. Much nicer to think back to warmer sunnier and beautifully scented times!! Yes, I have tried wearing a blanket and crocheting another, it is very tricky isn't it! Glad that your home and garden and the chickens were all safe after the storm! xx

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  23. I think the cold is a nice break for the heat we both experience. Today the high is 60, it is a bit windy and I am loving it. Soon it will be 92 degrees with 90% humidity, not so fun.
    Hugs and stay warm,
    Meredith

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  24. Beautiful rose photo's Jennifer a bit of sunshine to brighten up the grey days, wearing a poncho is easier, I wear a poncho to cover my shoulders and a lap rug over my legs, I wear big fluffy socks and push my feet into furry slippers haha I even wear fingerless gloves too sometimes. Keep warm. :) xxx

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  25. Lovely to see the roses. I know what you mean about snow, not that we get much in London, lovely how the outside looks, but not pleasant being cold.

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  26. Jennifer, your roses are absolutely lovely! You captured them so beautifully.

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  27. There's nothing quite like not being able to warm up, it's kind of miserable. The roses in your photos are very pretty, just the antidote for a cold day.
    Anne xx

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  28. I love roses. It is a shame we can't smell them from the screens, I bet the scent was beautiful. x

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  29. Such lovely roses, I really don't like windy weather either, have a lovely weekxx

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  30. It's been cold here too. It snowed 6 inches last week. There's still a little bit hanging around. We're trying to stay warm while looking forward to Spring. The roses look lovely!
    xx Beca

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  31. I enjoy a storm when tucked up indoors and we've battened down the hatches. We're still waiting and wondering if we'll get any snow here. The roses are a lovely reminder of sunny days to come. Thank you for your lovely comment on my five in Friday post. P x

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  32. It's very cold and windy here today, and I have to say that I don't really mind the cold. But seeing those beautiful roses does get me a bit excited for spring!

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  33. Such beautiful roses. Yes, I've tried crocheting an afghan while wrapped up in one! It gets very awkward. So I usually compromise by feeling cold for a while and keep crocheting.

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  34. Lovely roses! At first I thought you were going to say they were already out in your garden (!) but the fact they're from June makes sense.
    I'm enjoying the huddling this winter, and I know that summer will be here again, but just cherishing a cold day with rain and snow. If we didn't have the cold, how would we appreciate the hot days?

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  35. Maybe because of this post I will visit that rose garden this coming June - I love your photos, especially the one with a bee. Bees are so hard to catch on flowers, and I'm always trying. For now, keep warm! And thank you for reminding us of warmer, more flowery days to come....

    (Google insists that I sign in with my Google account in order to post a comment, but my real blog is at www.gretchenjoanna.com)

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  36. Maybe because of this post I will visit that rose garden this coming June - I love your photos, especially the one with a bee. Bees are so hard to catch on flowers, and I'm always trying. For now, keep warm! And thank you for reminding us of warmer, more flowery days to come....

    (Google insists that I sign in with my Google account in order to post a comment, but my real blog is at www.gretchenjoanna.com)

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