Friday, August 31, 2012

Change I Can Live With

I like consistency.  I find comfort in the stability of routine.  But occasionally, even I find it just a wee bit dreary.

Buff Beauty

Like my haircut - I've had basically the same haircut for years.  Oh, a little different length, sometimes the bangs are different or even non-existent, but basically - the same.

And even though I love my home, most of the rooms have been the same for years.  Maybe I'll move some accessories, but basically - the same.

My daily routine - you guessed it - is basically the same from day to day.  I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

Madame Berkeley

So, today, I woke up in the same bed, at the same time, with the same haircut, and thought everything was the same as the day before.  But, I was wrong.

I realized things were different the moment I stepped outside.

Glamis Castle

I have new blooms in my garden!

Home Run

Lots of new blooms!

Cream Veranda

Ah, finally - something different.

I used to think I would love to live where it was spring all year long.  But, in reality, I am glad to see the seasons change.  And I love to watch the plants change as the seasons turn.


It's just the right amount of change for me.

58 comments:

  1. Isn't Mdme Berkley a beautiful rose and the colour of home run is beautiful too, are they fragrant i bet Mdme Berkley is i can just smell it from here.

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    1. I love the color of Mdme Berkeley - I think that's my favorite color in the world. And she has a small but very interesting bloom. Mdme Berkeley is a tea rose, so it has that tea scent, but I don't think Home Run has any scent.

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  2. Being able to see and sense a change in seasons is GREAT. We live down here in s.e. FL and I am learning to appreciate and live in a tropical climate.

    Your blooms are beautiful as always.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

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    1. I guess it's all what we get used to. Living in a tropical climate, you get more tropical plant choices that can live through the winter, while my plants are breathing a sigh of relief from the heat right now. I bet, though, that even the tropicals can sense the changes in the seasons, although it may be a bit more subtle.

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  3. It almost sounds like you are getting to experience enough change through your garden that you don't need change in other aspects of your life!

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    1. You're right! I like just a small amount of change, so the garden's changes are just perfect for me!

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  4. Maybe that's why I don't get my hair cut very often! I'm with you, I'm content with the gradual changes in the garden, and if truth be told, the older I get, the less I can tolerate any sort of drastic change in my life. I think I must be getting stuck in my ways. I do love the subtle shift in the seasons though, and your roses are gorgeous. Home Run is quite eye catching!

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    1. I think I'm in that big rut, too, but it's comfortable! :)

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  5. I love season's changes too.... Even though Spring flowers are beautiful---WELL, so are flowers and other things in Summer --and then Fall. Our roses are really showing off now also...Yours are gorgeous.

    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. I love when the roses start blooming again in fall. It gives me something to look forward to even though I know winter is approaching.

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  6. Oh my your roses look beautiful! 'Cream Veranda': want want want!

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    1. I love that creamy color, too. I have been trying to get more off-white roses, I think they're just a bit more interesting.

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  7. Holly, you have wonderful blooming in this autumn! I love your last photo there are the canna and roses the similar color, yellow-pink.

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    1. Yes, I do have a lot of yellows and pinks combined. And orange and pinks, too. Most people might not like those combinations, but I do!

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  8. You can always count on Roses. When you don't expect it you are in for a surprise. Yours look lovely.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. You're right - roses seem to change a lot more than some of the other plants in my garden. I love it when they are happy!

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  9. It has taken me years to see that we humans enjoy the season just like our gardens. New growth, abundant growth, stopping growing (going to seed), and rest. It's in the cycle of our years, months, weeks, and days. As a woman, I am almost embarrassed that it took me this long to see it in my monthly cycle. We are all so connected if we just pay attention.

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    1. To every thing there is a season.... :) I think that's why the garden is nature's classroom. You can learn so much about life, sex, death, renewal - all in one year of the garden!

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  10. I am quite the opposite Holley....I am bored easily with routine and will need to change it or perhaps the illusion that I have changed anything...secretly I think I have many routines I am unaware of...I loved my job of teaching and gardening both because there was change all the time..so much to learn and so much to see that just happens along here. I love the moments that I treasure with those changes and especially the seasons. Here they are dramatic changes and I have been thinking maybe it would be nice to travel and see spring around the world or just not have as much cold and snow...just a little change but nothing so dramatic. I love that you have rose blooms. The roses are blooming some again here and maybe with all the heat it has kept them going longer than I imagined.

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    1. Oh, wouldn't that be a wonderful trip - spring around the world!!! I can just imagine traveling around the world as the seasons change for each country. What a glorious trip that would be! I hope you get to take that trip some day - what a wonderful book that would be!

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  11. Oh! You sound like me. I even drank my coffee out of the same cup for 20 years! I was so afraid something would happen to it! This year I actually walked on the wild side and bought TWO new coffee cups, and I choose between the two of them each morning. Yes, the garden is where we can enjoy the change!

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    1. That is so funny! And what's also amusing is that, while I enjoy my routines, I don't want to miss any of the changes in my garden!

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  12. Love your Cream Veranda! It would look beautiful next to my Lady Emma Hamilton.

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    1. I think you're right - I think they would make a gorgeous pair!

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  13. What a wonderful surprise. I especially like Home Run and Buff Beauty. Are they all fragrant?

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    1. Sorry, no. Buff Beauty has a fragrance, but not Home Run. For years I didn't care much about fragrance, but now it's becoming more important to me. I do love bending down to smell a rose - and actually smelling some sweet perfume.

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  14. Sounds like fall is approaching! I'm not seeing any signs of that here, yet. But I will enjoy your signs!

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    1. Oh, yes, I can see it in so many things here. The way the shadows have moved, the feel of the air, the rains that have begun, and the flowers that are beginning to bloom now. It was cooler for a while, although it's hot again now, but I suspect fall will be here soon!

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  15. The garden is far less stressful than a haircut...trust me! x

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  16. I feel like you and especially like watching rose blooms change from season to season. Great pictures, the Cream Veranda is especially lovely to me.

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    1. I have gotten on a 'cream' colored rose kick lately. Not too many that buff, or cream, color that I've been able to find.

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  17. I am with you Holley, it’s nice to have familiar routines, but oh how nice it is to go out in the garden and discover a new plant in flower or even the anticipation of the next season. I think I would have been bored without the seasons we have here in London. They are just right for me. I don’t miss the hard winters in Norway, with snow for 6 months and spring for 1 week, but I am not sure I could live permanently in for example Southern Spain either, where my parents live – they have blazing summer heat from April to November. Familiar routines are good, but we need a bit of refreshing news in the garden now and then :-)

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    1. I hate the heat here in the summer - its really unbearable. But every winter I rejoice that I don't have a harsh, snowy winter to live through! I always dread winter's arrival, but I would easily be bored without it, I think.

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  18. I like the change and look forward to it each season. That is what is nice living in the NE. Roses are beautiful at this time of year, more where you live, but even up here they are flushing again. Your garden in the last photo is really gorgeous.

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    1. Yes, we are lucky here that the roses will bloom now though October - even November perhaps. And thanks so much for the compliment on my garden! :)

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  19. Haven't come across a good old fashioned rose post lately............until NOW. Beautiful post. I so lust for quality rose garden material since I now have only one functioning arm. Would love to grow Etoile de Hollande found growing in my great-grandmother's nearly 80 year old plant in Narrowmine, NSW. Haven't seen her since.

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    1. I hope you find EdH somewhere. There's something about a rose in bloom that just exudes the beauty we all dream of in our gardens (at least, that's my rose-loving opinion!). :)

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  20. Roses are really a must in the garden. You can always rely on them and no matter how hard you treat them, they are so forgiving. I love your roses! I can just smell them now!

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    1. You are right, Barbie. My roses have had to forgive me for a lot - and I am very appreciative of the way they respond with more blooms. :)

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  21. Stunning roses! All are just beautiful.

    Because I lived in so many places with long, cold winters I now love living in a place where we can garden almost all winter.

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    1. For a gardener, I think a mild winter is wonderful. I enjoy the small changes, and I don't think I would enjoy big changes in the seasons, either.

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  22. How nice that the garden is doing the changing, while you can still enjoy your routines in the same comfortable way. The best of both worlds!

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    1. :) Do you think I've gotten stuck in a rut? Probably yes!

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  23. Change can definitely be good, but it's nice that you've found your sweet spot for it. I can't imagine living in a place for years on end that didn't have a change of seasons. Fall changing to winter and then winter dragging on and on...that is tough for me. Absolutely stunning blooms you have, Holley!

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    1. Autumn, to me, is bittersweet. It was always my favorite season until I started gardening. But now there is that dread of winter's coming that makes me always wish fall wouldn't come.

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  24. I love the way garden evolve and change in time, even if left to their own accord. They provide us with a changing scene that we sometimes need :)

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    1. And I do love looking out the window at the changing scenes, especially the small changes that take place day to day.

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  25. Your roses are beautiful. Such consistency is new to me. I've lived in VA longer than I've lived anywhere. Normally, in 9 years I would have moved 2 or 3 times (military). As much as I love each season, I would go crazy if it was the same season all year. I guess I need change!

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    1. And don't forget - you can always get a new haircut when you feel bored! ;)

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  26. That Madame Berekley is so pretty

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    1. I think so, too. I think she'll get prettier, too, as she gets older! :)

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  27. You talkin about me Holley, I also love the seasons, however this year in particular we have very often had the four seasons in one day.

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    1. The weather does seem to get confused sometimes. Obviously, it doesn't like being in a rut! :)

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  28. I sometimes dream of living in a paradise such as Hawaii, but I often wonder if it would become tiresome after a while because the weather and flora remain the same throughout the year. I love the seasons, and you have described that need for change so well. Come autumn, come soon...it will not be soon enough.

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    1. I'm looking forward to autumn this year, too. This year has not been as bad in Texas as last year was, but still my garden is not happy with our extremely hot days.

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  29. Beautiful roses Holley! Thanks for sharing your blooms!

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