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Jan 1, 2012 1:03 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Let's make this a GORGEOUS year!!! YAY!!! (yes, I've been awake now for too many hours... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing )
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(hint, for those who have more kinder climates, how about some purdy pictures to offset our cold & yuck?)
Roses are one of my passions! Just opened, my Etsy shop (to fund my rose hobby)! http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tweet...
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Jan 1, 2012 1:10 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Well, I do have some rose blooms on this first day of 2012. Not that we are supposed to have blooms now but the weather has been mild this year. Might turn cold for a day or two but then warms up.

I haven't even made any new years resolutions. That way I don't have to break any. Hilarious!
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Jan 2, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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It is cold and it is going to get colder. Temps really started falling overnight and supposed to be much colder even tomorrow. Wind is blowing and wind chills tonight supposed to be below zero. We really have been very warm most of the time. But not to worry too much, by the end of the week it is going to be up to the mid forties again which is what I want. Can't stand the cold. Thumbs down
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Jan 2, 2012 6:15 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi. (Zone 5b)
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Rita sounds like Michigan where I live I think if its going to be this cold we might as well have snow so the roses would be all nice and snug Confused
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Jan 2, 2012 7:15 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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I wrote a long post for this thread yesterday and now it isn't here, so I guess I had too many windows open as usual and deleted some without ever hitting the "finished" button.

Anyway, I resolve to deadhead as soon as it's needed this year, and maybe to even fertilize the roses. I'll have a lot more time for gardening because my job has been cut by three-fourths and will take virtually no time at all to do.
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Jan 2, 2012 8:19 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Roses love their fertilizer, you will not be dissapointed.

As for snow, I hate it. Hate the snow, hate the cold. Hate Winter. Grumbling
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Jan 2, 2012 9:41 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Rita - the earth needs time to rest, to gather itself, and to die off. If there was no winter, the earth would deplete itself of nutrients within a few years. Winter balances the heat & the franticness of the youth of the planet in both flora & fauna so that only the strong survive. I may not care too much for winter, but I'm glad that I have it. The promise of spring and the glory of the rebirth of the planet's life, to me, outweighs the cold & bleakness of the most miserable winters. And, with living truly upstate on the mouth of the St. Lawrence river where it starts on Lake Ontario, where winter lasts & lasts, where it snows for a month solid everyday 8-24", where the sun doesn't rise until after 9am and is under the horizon by 4:10pm.. The knowledge that, in a few months time the air will be perfumed with wild lilacs 10-15' tall, that meadows everywhere are covered from tip to tip with a veritable blanket of flowers so chaotic in color you'd go crazy trying to find a pattern, watching wild tiger lilies nodding in slow tributaries on the waters way to the Black River. And, of course, not to mention the tear-inducing specticle of that most glorious time of year: autumn: where a drive to the grocery store can pass for a Hallmark calendar.

None of this would be possible without winter & cold. The wonders that Mother Nature have bestowed upon us should not be taken for granted, no matter how much it conveniences us. We mere humans just have to find the good in it all, whether we like it or not.

Oh, and Zuzu - I think your comment is in the December post.. I do remember reading that your hours got cut.
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Jan 2, 2012 9:47 PM CST
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Zuzu will have some adjustments getting used to having more time in the garden! It takes time before you get your bearings and create new routines. Thumbs up
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Jan 2, 2012 9:50 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Thanks, Toni. Actually, I talked about my hours being cut in the Happy New Year thread. The post I lost, which was supposed to be on this thread, mentioned more of my resolutions for the year. For one thing, I'm going to break the potato chip habit. I never ate them all my life and then my doctor told me about a year ago that I should gain 10 pounds to have a cushion to fall back on in case I get sick. Potato chips were the easiest way to gain weight, but I've gained the 10 and I don't want to gain more than 10, so I have to give them up.
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Jan 2, 2012 10:10 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Not everywhere has winter. At least not a real one with lots of cold and snow. And there may be many people who enjoy it (I am sure there are) but I hate it and will never change my mind about that. I really should live where there is much less winter than we have here but I am not about to move now, too old and settled were I am. I guess if I lived elsewhere I would find something else to compain about.
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Jan 2, 2012 11:12 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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I used to live in New England where there are real winters. I am very glad to have less winter here and can do without the distinct seasonal contrast. However, I admire your great attitude, Toni!
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Jan 3, 2012 6:14 AM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi. (Zone 5b)
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ya for Toni !! as much as I'm not fond of the snow and ice and cold if I diden't have to drive in it winter dose have some beautiful days when the snow sparkels and the colorful birds decorate the trees . I love spring and summer Smiling
My resolutions this year ie trying not to stress so much ;0)
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Jan 3, 2012 1:57 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Gee Zuzu, and here I just picked up my bag of chips on New Year's Day and made some clam dip -- and away I went on my chip frenzy! I get one more shot at it this week and then I too must give it up. I'm only bad around the holidays -- but then I'm very very very bad!!! And, of course, I already have such a lovely cushion to fall back on without the chips and dip so there's no excuse for me there!
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Jan 3, 2012 2:03 PM CST
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Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Great, now I am craving chips. Glare
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Jan 3, 2012 2:16 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Chomp chomp chomp... Oooooh yummmmm!
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Jan 3, 2012 2:26 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX (Zone 9a)
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Stop!
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Jan 3, 2012 2:29 PM CST
Name: Gloria Levely
Sanford Mi. (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Roses Peonies Region: Michigan
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well thanks to the chip conversation I just had to make a bolbgna and chip sandwitch Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Jan 3, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
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OK, enough about chips -- I just went out and took some pictures:

CHERISH, GOLD MEDAL and SEXY REXY:
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OPENING NIGHT and two mini's: FASHION FLAME and RAINBOW'S END
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Jan 3, 2012 3:12 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
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And some of my unregistered seedlings from the '80's:

ANGEL FACE X RISE 'N SHINE - Floribunda size, and believe it or not these are from the same plant.
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FLAMING BEAUTY X ANGEL FACE - Again, from the same plant:
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And two mini's - Can't remember the crosses, although I think the first had CUPCAKE in it:
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Jan 3, 2012 3:17 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Wow, Betty. I love your unregistered seedlings, especially the Flaming Beauty x Angel Face. Gorgeous!

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