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My Little Bit of Eden

Sometimes dreams do come true. 

No, I didn’t win the lottery.  That one probably won’t come true since I don’t buy lottery tickets.  But a little gardening dream of mine has become reality.

I ran across this 2002 Wayside Gardens catalog in a stash of magazines I had taken to my classroom, and as I thumbed through the pages I found this:

Garden Catalog

I’m surprised there aren’t drool marks on the page. 

The red star gives just a hint of how I much I wanted these roses.  I had seen them in other catalogs and longed to have these beauties blooming in my yard.  Truthfully, I usually have a hard time narrowing my focus when rose shopping. I find some many of them to be irresistably beautiful, and I want almost all of them.  But these were particular objects of my rose craving. 

“Eden.”  Even the name of these roses brought gardening perfection to mind. 

At some point, I’m not sure exactly how much later, I finally ordered one of those bushes and then planted the tiny thing in my backyard.  And I waited.

And waited.

Gardening is not an instant gratification endeavor. 

Finally, a couple of years ago I began to get a few blooms in the springtime. 

Last summer was a scorcher, and there were a few quitters in my collection, but “Eden” wasn’t one of them.  It held on through the blazing heat and drought, and when the winter and spring brought a fairly generous number of showers, they rewarded me with the display I had been waiting for.

 Finally, enough blooms for a little bouquet, with plenty left on the bush to decorate the front of my little shed. Let the celebrating begin!

 "Eden" Roses

My blonde girl is fond of pink, and the pink tablecloth she picked from her great-grandmother’s belongings seemed the proper background for these pink-tinted roses.  Pink glassware and a vintage apron, also my grandmother’s, along with a pretty china plate my mom painted years ago cheered up my table.  (My mom needs to get back to that china painting, doesn’t she?  So pretty.)

Pink Eden Roses

Buy lottery tickets if you like. I think I’ll stick with roses.

"Eden" Roses

Blessings,

 

5 Comments

  1. Posted 22 Apr ’12 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    so so pretty!! thank you for sharing!!

  2. Joy
    Posted 22 Apr ’12 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Very nice, Laura. BTW…I love pink :o )

  3. Becky Rogers
    Posted 22 Apr ’12 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    Hi Laura,
    I very much enjoyed the pink, elegant reminder of all things pretty and special. Springtime is beautiful this year and your post depicts some of that beauty so well!
    Blessings,
    Becky

  4. Posted 24 Apr ’12 at 6:48 am | Permalink

    roses are beautiful. my mother in law has beautiful roses. i love to go out and look at them and enjoy the colors with her

  5. Posted 3 May ’12 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Beautiful. A bit dangerous as my reading this coincides with a new hole in my garden. A rose bush perhaps? There are a couple of rose bushes here planted long ago; they are hearty and profligate but I know nothing of how to get new ones started. Any advice?

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