Sounds like a title for a romance novel. Right? Roses are typically the flowers that I think of when I hear the word "romance." I do love the ones that are available at the market. They usually last for 2 weeks and don't break the bank. Plus, I don't have to make a special trip to find them.
I got these cream and pink, shabby chic roses last week and they are still soo pretty. They are getting a little droopy this week, but they seem even more romantic to me when they start to droop. Speaking of roses, our rose bush in the front garden has a ton of rose hips on it this year. I didn't have time to clip off the last of the spent blooms - that's what produces the hips. Does anyone use rose hips for cooking, jam making or teas?
I tend to leave them on the bushes for the birds to feed on during the winter months. The birds seem to be very wary around our gardens lately. We have quite a few feral cats in our neighborhood and they are on the prowl at all times. I must say that we haven't seen any mice in the house this winter so that's definitely a plus.
Our next door neighbor has been catching the cats and getting them spayed. Although not fast enough it seems, there's a new bunch of kittens under her deck. The shelter that she's using won't keep the cats after they spay them, so she just brings them home. The local SPCA will take them, but they only keep them for a few days, then they are euthanized. I'm not sure that I like this plan of hers, I don't want a ton of cats doing their business in our gardens this summer, but I don't have a better plan. If anyone has any advice or ideas I'd love to hear from you.
So, I started out talking about roses and romance and ended with trapping cats. Hmmm...this is how my mind really works. It goes from one subject to another non-stop. Sometimes Mr OP has a hard time keeping up. I hope that I haven't made your heads spin!
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