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Feb 15, 2019 12:44 PM CST
There are 5 roses standing in the snow, my best keepers. The kids are grown, the dogs have passed away. The garden, though ever changing, abides. It's the winter fun for an old lady to dream of what it might be this year. I don't know what i would do without it.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Feb 16, 2019 12:08 AM CST


Thank goodness we have our gardens and spring is right around the corner!
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Feb 16, 2019 12:16 AM CST
Yes, thank goodness for spring (many months away) and for roses!!! What would we do without our roses.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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Feb 16, 2019 4:25 PM CST
This is my hardest time of year. I hate the cold and the weeks of gray skies get me very down. What gets me through it is imagining all kinds of new and beautiful things for my garden. In my imagination it's green and lush with brightly colored flowers!
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Feb 16, 2019 5:58 PM CST


I look through my photos from previous years. It's hard to see anything beautiful about the garden right now, but those photos remind me of what's going to happen soon.

Feb 17, 2019 11:40 AM CST
That's a good idea Zuzu, some of the old photos have birds and weird bugs I miss seeing too. That does cheer me up.
Seil, for the last few winters I've been connecting to Floret to keep up on the flower growers industry. Erin sends email updates with astonishingly beautiful photos, free mini courses, and she has ferreted out some of the best flower growing and arranging books on earth besides her own. Now what will I do with all the information ?
The grocery store was brimming with ravishing flowers, while the snow is deepening and temperatures falling again to single digits.
Instead of picturing a lovely garden I couldn't sleep last night planning my demolition of the grass along the east side of the house.

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Name: Kris Legault
Southern Oregon (Zone 8a)
Feb 17, 2019 6:05 PM CST
I agree Fisherwoman, dreams of spring on a chilly day keep me going, also keeps me spending
You can't plant your new favorite rose if you are still watering your least favorite
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Roses Garden Photography Region: Michigan
Feb 17, 2019 6:15 PM CST
Well, Zuzu, you got me thinking...

It's not a rose photo but it is springy and handy to post (my screen saver photo) some tulips from my garden last spring.

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Thank you, Fisherwoman, I will check that out!

Yikes, Kris, you hit the nail on the head! I want everything I see in the stores and catalogs that has to do with spring, lol!

Edit for PS: Dear Brother just walked by my desk to inform me that it's snowing again outside. Peeked out the window and it's a BLIZZARD! Looks like a couple of inches already at 7:15 and it couldn't have started before 5:30 because I was out then and it wasn't snowing. Very deep sigh...will it never end?

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Feb 17, 2019 10:05 PM CST
Seil, I know! I am getting very anxious for spring to finally arrive.

I have been looking at videos of flowers, gardens, anything to get me through for the next couple of months. One of the most beautiful gardens I have seen is Wollerton Old Hall Garden. It is the garden that David Austin named his rose after, Wollerton Old Hall. Here is the link. Enjoy! It is amazing. If you click on Garden on the top of the home page, it will open up to a diagram of their garden. Click on the various gardens on their map and a picture will pop up of each of the gardens. They are incredible!
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Feb 17, 2019 11:14 PM CST
Terrific site, thanks!
Name: Merlena
Oklahoma (Zone 6b)
Feb 18, 2019 6:28 PM CST
I know this winter I've probably checked out more rose videos than ever,. For me, if things are on schedule, the beginning of bloom season is about 10 weeks away, not that long, but I'm so anxious! We haven't had a terrible winter here, but lots of cold and blustery days and it's too cold to enjoy being outside that much!
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