My First Rose! and Other Garden Notes

As I was taking out a bag of diapers to the garbage can this morning I was rewarded for the dirty job by a flash of pink on the rose bush at the corner of the house. My first rose has opened!

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I went around to the other side of the house and found a yellow bud almost opened:

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In other garden news:

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I also noticed little fruits forming on the little tree in front of the house. Peaches, maybe?

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And I don’t think I’ve yet posted a photo of our rhododendron. The bush is frankly looking rather sad but it did put out a few blossoms. I’m wondering if there is something wrong with the location because the holly bush and the tree (cyprus?) in the same bed are also looking rather draggly and forlorn.

And while I’m at it, I took this picture the other day: pretty purple flowers poking out among the hosta leaves. Judging by the leaves and the smell, I’m pretty sure it’s in the onion family.

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3 Responses to My First Rose! and Other Garden Notes

  1. Katherine June 2, 2009 at 4:50 am #

    I have never read a book on my computer or anything and I really don’t have any interest in trying it. Certainly, to each their own, but I love the feeling of the book in my hand. It is one reason I love hardcover so much more than paperback.

  2. Melanie Bettinelli June 2, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    Interesting, until I read your comment I didn’t think about it much and I might have said the same at one time. But now if I’m honest I like the look of a hardcover on the shelf and it is nice to crack open a brand new hardcover all crisp and shiny and for a larger format book hardcovers make sense to keep the book from flopping; but most of the time I think I prefer the paperback to actually read. Especially with my mom lifestyle. Paperbacks are easier to carry around with me as they take up less room in my purse or diaper bag, are less likely to cause damage when they bop a nursing baby on the head. And I feel less guilty about them getting banged up and I don’t feel so bad if I decide to underline or mark in them. I’m hard on books and paperbacks are more forgiving. So if I had unlimited money and space I’d buy two copies of every book: a nice hardcover to sit in the office and a paperback to actually read and mark up and get used.

  3. Jeffrey L Miller June 2, 2009 at 8:32 am #

    The Kindle app for the iPod Touch is my current main reading platform.  When I start a book I always go to the index to see what the last Kindle page number will be.  This way I always know where I am in reading a Kindle book.

    I have read a dozen books so far via the Kindle app in the iPod Touch and I like the reading experience.  I now always have books with me and it fits much better than a paperback.  I also like that a nighttime I don’t need a book light to read.

    I also really like the pricing for Kindle books.  Great deal to get books that just came out for $9.99 and books already on paperback are even cheaper.

    I would like a Kindle device, but it really is not as portable as far as fitting in a pocket and needs light to read.

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