May 28, 2011

Sweet Spring!

"The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May."
- Edwin Way Teale

Tish is a friend from my childhood.  I enjoy spending time with her each travel to California that I make from my home in Alaska.  We didn't give much thought to flowers in our early years; we were close like any high-school friends, fairly "normal" during that phase of our lives. Amazing, now, how important our gardens are to the both of us.

I took a stroll through her gardens at Dias Dorados and was drawn to the roses of May, just as the poet Sheridan’s beckoning, “Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” 

Reveling in the wonders of the poppies, irises, sweet peas and azaelas that grow on her hillside, I shut my eyes at the heady perfume coming from the the vast family of roses which grew upright and in shrubs, climbing and trailing...even my friend doesn't know how many grow or how old the roses are.  

Sweet spring!

Full of sweet days and roses, a box where sweets compacted lie! - George Herbert

May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year:  cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  The discussion of philosophy is over; it's time for work to begin. ~ Peter Loewer

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. ~John Ruskin

In my own gardens, I yearn to create a place of beauty and meaning.  I am possessed, it comes naturally, and from rising to end of day, thoughts are of flowers, and shrubs, and trees.   Oh, yes, and soil, rakes, shovels, spades and gardening gloves.  Each day I don the clothing for the day:  old jeans, t-shirt, jacket which is quickly shed, and my red rubber gardening clogs.  My Alaska wild roses are beginning to sprout leaves, I must hurry and wander outside to watch.


  1. I love that- "I would like my roses to see you.” What a fun perspective. Roses are beautiful and smell so sweet. Portland is the City of Roses, you know, so I'm thinking that another visit for you is necessary.

  2. Tish's roses are beautiful! I'm glad that you have some wild roses in Alaska...I'd hate for you to miss the beauty of a rose in your garden! I love the excitement and enthusiasm with which you write of the spring. It is a lovely time! I'm looking forward to seeing the pictures of your garden all throughout the summer! (The ones you sent over earlier were fantastic...can't wait to see its development!)

    Love, Joan

  3. My garden does look beautiful. I am so lucky!! I love your blog. You make it sound so pretty though your eyes and words! Come visit soon.


  4. I checked out your blog,and it's well written. You are a talented lady when it comes to writing, and composing. Love, Jean

  5. I love Tish's purple roses (Sterling roses???)

  6. Nice blog even for those of us non-gardeners with black thumbs to read!

  7. I'm glad that your sister introduced me to your blog! I know very little about gardening in Alaska and am really interested to follow how your garden grows this year. I hope you'll share pictures of your wild roses, something I would never would have guessed would grow in Alaska.

  8. The leaves on the roses are just beginning to bud. As far as I know, most of the wild roses are Rosa acicularis. Besides looking pretty and having a nice perfume, rose hip teas and jams are a big deal here. One of these days I'll venture into harvesting the rose hips! I will post photos of my garden as it begins to bloom!