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Posts Tagged ‘Roses’

An April Yard Rose

Posted by terrepruitt on May 4, 2018

I love our roses. Yeah, I post about them a lot. I take pictures of them on the rose bush. I cut them and bring them in. I take pictures of them in vases. I love them. I was talking to a friend recently who, when I suggested she put roses in her yard, said they are a lot of work. I suppose if you take care of them properly they are. But I don’t know how to properly take care of a rose bush. I am not a gardener. I just like to look at them and cut them and bring them in. That seems to be enough so far.

Here is a rose from our rose bush for today’s Friday Photo.

I love roses.  How about you?

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These Ain’t My Yard Roses!

Posted by terrepruitt on May 2, 2015

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It is 5 1/2–acres of grass and roses.  What my friend was telling me and then the ex-gardener expounded upon was that roses get tested there.  So there is an entire section of roses that don’t have names.  You will just see numbers on the placards.  Those are patent numbers.  The roses are there for three years and the rose growers see how they do.  I am sure there is a list of things they are looking for in order to qualify as a new variety.  The are probably being tested for size and color.  Also fortitude.  I am sure they don’t want a rose that will not be able to grow well.  The ex-gardener mentioned that the rose growers are getting more interested in aroma.  You might be familiar with the fact that most roses you purchase now-a-days don’t really have a scent.  It is as if they are so busy breeding HUGE colorful roses that they bred the scent right out of them.

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So it really seems that I picked an AWESOME day to go to the rose garden.  I mean, how lucky were we to run into this man who used to work there taking care of the roses.  He was so full of information and so kind to take his time to share his knowledge with us.  He even pointed out his roses.  Miles of Smiles they are called.

The rose garden is host to many events.  People take pictures for special events all the time.  There is enough grass to have a picnic or just spread out a blanket and relax.  There are also a few picnic tables.

The problem for me is after having stopped to talk to the ex-gardener I used up all my “outside-breathe-time”.  We ended up rushing through a portion of it so that we could have time to hang the flyers before I passed out from sneezing!  My allergies are very apparent this time of year.

We actually have TWO rose gardens in San Jose.  The one I recently visited is where they test the new roses and my friend was saying the other one is where they have the old variety of roses.  I will have to get to that one.

The website for the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden states that the garden has over 4,000 rose shrubs.  There are 189 varieties represented. Click here to visit the website.

Have you ever visited the Rose Garden in San Jose?  Did you know they tested roses there?

 

 

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This Is Where I Ended Up

Posted by terrepruitt on March 21, 2015

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Good thing, I know he will be around a month or so from now because that is when we will probably finally have time to celebrate.  My dinner plan was a roast.  I don’t think I have ever cooked a roast.  If I have, it has been so long I don’t remember how I did it.  What are your favorite recipes?  Would you share?  It would be nice to make him a really nice, super yummy roast when he can taste.  I think our roasts are in the 2.5 to 3 pound range.

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I have actually started typing three different posts and this is where I ended up.  I came up with two different ideas, but I kept coming back to this.  The roses are beautiful and they smell great.  I am happy to have them and my hubby.  I am lucky to have both.

Since I am not a gardener I do marvel at the fact that my rose bush looks like it is dead and it will never come back then without me doing anything and almost (almost but not quite) without me noticing there are at least a dozen buds on it.  I do tend to notice because, like I said, it looks dead so I look at it with sorrow.  Then I forget about it for a day or two and then when I look at it again, it seems to be fine.  After I trimmed off the dead or dying flowers today there is still a lot of buds.  Awesome.

Happy Anniversary, Hubby!  Here’s to your roast we have yet to have!

So what did you do (yesterday) on the first day of Spring?  What did you do today?

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Have You Ever Heard Of Sporotrichosis?

Posted by terrepruitt on June 3, 2014

Holy Moly!  I love to learn stuff, but some stuff I would rather not learn in a “first hand” manner.  Ya know what I mean?  Like emergency response times (I am not saying I learned this first hand), but that is an example I am using.  I don’t want to know first hand how long it takes for an ambulance or a fire truck to get to me . . . because that would mean I would be in a situation where I had the opportunity to learn that.  That is what I mean.  There are some things I could do without learning or could have done with out learning.  Recently I learned about something I had never heard of and quiet frankly I am shocked.  But I guess it is a really good thing because perhaps that means that it is not that common.  Have you ever heard of Rose Grower’s Disease or Rose Gardener’s Disease?  It is an actual “disease” you can get from a rose!!

I know so many people who have roses, I am surprised I haveDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yoga never hear of it until now.  I am just going to quote directly from an online dictionary:

“Sporotrichosis is a chronic infection caused by the microscopic fungus Sporothrix schenckii. The disease causes ulcers on the skin that are painless but do not heal, as well as nodules or knots in the lymph channels near the surface of the body. Infrequently, sporotrichosis affects the lungs, joints, or central nervous system and can cause serious illness.

The fungus that causes sporotrichosis is found in spagnum moss, soil, and rotting vegetation. Anyone can get sporotrichosis, but it is most common among nursery workers, farm laborers, and gardeners handling spagnum moss, roses, or barberry bushes.”

The fungus can get into your system via cut or a scrape.  Of anyone who has handled a rose, who has NOT been stabbed by a thorn?  Eek.  And that is how you get it from the fungus from the source itself.  It is not contagious, as in it does not get passed from person to person.  But it is Zoonosis, so according to Wiki a person can get it from an infected animal.  I was thinking that it must be one of those things that people get when they have a weakened immune system . . . and . . . yup, that is what this dictionary states.  Otherwise I think it would be more common and I would have gotten it.  Because I have been pricked by thorns a lot.  Sometimes I look down and the thorn is still in my skin.  OWWWW.  Could be too that our roses don’t have this fungus, but I don’t know.

When trying to come up with words and phrases to do a search on the internet that would show me what a rose bush that has this fungus looks like, other pictures that I cannot stomach showed up.  So if any of you know what the plant would look like  . . . please let me know.  (Be careful searching the internet!)

The information that I have read regarding the disease states that it is painless, but it does not look painless.  But any time I see a red bump I think it is painful, but that is not always the case.  The treatment varies . . . as in the medicine used, but all information I have seen says it my be taken for weeks sometimes months of treatment.  So apparently it takes a long time to get this out of the body.

So . . . if you garden wear your gloves and be careful out there.

Had you heard of this disease?  Do you know what roses that have it look like?

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Ocean, Spring, Cat, Flowers

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2014

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The first few pictures are from a trip to Natural Bridges — a state park in the Santa Cruz area of California.  Whenever we go to Santa Cruz for a Nia class we like to stop by the ocean.  Santa Cruz is not that far from San Jose, but I just don’t get over there often.  When I make the drive over I like to at least set my eyes on the ocean.  I remembered my phone has panorama.  The bridge that was natural actually collapsed a while ago, but it is still a very pretty spot.

 

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Then, the next week, I was “over the hill” again.  I was visiting a friend who is moving.  She wanted to get the kids out of the house on such a gorgeous day.  This is a slide at one of the parks.  WOW!

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And, of course, I take a million pictures of my cat, so I thought I would share.

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She likes to be in her outside house but with the door open.  She loves the sun, but doesn’t like to get too hot.

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Then there are our roses.  They are in bloom.  They are beautiful.  And, yes, they smell fantastic.

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I like to bring the beauty inside.  They make the house smell great!

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Thanks for taking this little Spring Break with me!

Are you enjoying the season?

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Roses, Roses, Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on April 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI am so happy with our roses.  One year I went out and hacked them pretty good.  They were just growing too wild.  I went out and chopped them up.  There are some bushes that produce these flowers . . . I think of them as roses.  I am not sure what they are.  The bushes are not the type that have one flower on a stem, they are the type that have multi flowers on a stem.  They bloom then die quickly and we end up with dead brown petals all over the yard.  So when I chopped the bushes I chopped those ones up a lot.  Since then we have not had the yard full of dead browness all over.  I like that better.  The bushes are a nice green and are just fine not producing flowers.  I did such a good job that I have not really been out there since to really do a huge hack job.  Which means I have also not done anything to our other rose bushes.  A couple of weeks ago I was noticing they were out of control.  They have really tall stems towering over the bush.  (I think the first picture to the left shows how tall a couple of the stems are.)   I thought, “I need to go cut those so the bush is more in control.”  But I noticed that at the top of each stem was a bud.  So I decided that after the flowers bloom and die I will start cutting the bush back.  Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaWhat I have done is gone out and cut some prime flowers to bring in.  Then as the other ones bloom and die, I trim them off.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaBut as you can see the bush is just doing a beautiful job of producing flowers.  Even though it is a mess of a bush, not trimmed to any type of pleasing shape or taken care of in the least it is still producing very beautiful flowers.  And like most “homegrown” roses, they smell fantastic.  I have been cutting flowers and about-to-open buds and bringging them in.  At the time of this writing, I have five small vases with flowers . . . . well, six if you count the one single flower that broke off the stem that I stuck in a tiny vase . . . set about the house.  Still the rose bush is full.  I need to go out and cut some more off.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaSuch a hardy rose bush.  This is the one that used to be JUST orange and now the flowers are orange and pink.

 

 

Then there is the yellow and pink roses.  Those ones used to be JUST pink or did they used to be just yellow?  Either way, they are now dual colored.

The ones that look red my husband calls Crimson Stinkers.  I really need to tend to that bush.  It is right in front of the kitchen window with the idea that we can look out and see them, but the curtain is always closed so I forget they are there.  The poor bush is more like a few vines.  I am going to give her extra love.  Her flowers are beautiful when they have a chance to grow and don’t end up at the end of a long viney stem on the ground.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI love flowers.  I love roses.  I love that they are so hardy they don’t even really need attention.  I am not the gardener in the family.  I do not have a green thumb at all.  I am not a fan of dirt or the outdoors.  Dirt just bugs me and the outside makes me sneeze.  In fact the other day when I was outside trimming the roses I stayed out as long as I could.  When I started sneezing and my nose started running I had to come in.  It didn’t take that long.  But I did get some trimming done.

 

 

 

 

 

I just love the roses and the beauty they have.  I just wanted to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a friend who was tweeting about all of the fruits and vegetables she planted.  She said something about flowers.  I tweeted that my roses are going wild and she said she was afraid to try growing roses.  I laughed.  I didn’t understand how she could grow FOOD and other flowers, but think she couldn’t grow roses.  I’ll share this post with her so she can see our roses that did this all on their own with no help from me.  @BeckySain, if I can grow (cough, cough, cough, I didn’t DO anything) roses, YOU can grow roses!

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Below are the ones that used to be either pink and now are yellow and pink or yellow and are now both. Pink. I think they used to be pink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anyone out there have rose growing tips for my friend?

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Crimson Stinker

Ha, ha, ha . . . I should say, anyone out there have rose growing tips for ME?  Whatcha got?

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Some April 2012 Backyard Happenings

Posted by terrepruitt on April 21, 2012

To me life is about learning.  I have learned a few things since I started my Nia Class on Monday in Campbell in the evenings and my Nia Class on Saturday.  It is much better for me to have Monday’s dinner cooked on Sunday.  So I have been planning my weekend meals so that I have leftovers on Monday.  You may have noticed that I didn’t post anything last Saturday . . . . lesson learned:  I need to make sure my Saturday post is done on Friday.  I have too many other things to do when I get home from my 10:00 am Nia Class.  It ends at 11:00 so I don’t get home until 11:30 (at the earliest) or noon!  So I really need to have my post done because the next thing I know it is 1:48 am on Sunday morning and I am just noticing I forgot to post on my blog.  😦  Well, it was only the second time I forgot.  The first time also was a Saturday.  This past week the weather has been gorgeous here in San Jose.  I haven’t spent much time lately getting any pictures of our yard happenings.  This past week while the weather was cool and nice I took a few.  I thought I would share some with you.  It has been awhile since I have shared some fun pictures on my blog.Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia

This guy has an injured foot.  I noticed his injury about the same time I hurt my foot.  I try to keep an eye on him and make sure he gets some nuts.  And he makes sure I know he wants nuts.  He will find a spot where he can look in a window at me and stare.  He will stare at me until I go outside and give him some peanuts.

He is doing that now.  Staring.  Of course, I went outside and gave him some nuts.  Did you notice how clear the sky is?

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Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaHere is a picture of the cat enjoying the sun.  She will stay in the sun for a bit, then get too hot and move.

Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaThe blue jay was getting some nuts.  I took a few shots “through” the chair then I went out and turned it so I could get a clear shot.  And of course I sat there for a long time waiting.  I got bored with staring at my camera at a peanut filled chair so I started taking pictures of the cat.  What happens?  The blue jay sneaks back while I wasn’t paying attention.  But I managed to get a few.Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia

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Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, NiaI wanted to get some shots of our blooming rose bush.  A while back I was unhappy with the wilderness that was out the window so I went outside and did some pruning.  It was completely “Edward Scissorhands” style as I just took the saw and went right and left and left and right and up and down and down and up and all around.  I just wanted all the wildness gone.  So I was very concerned that I wrecked the bush.  So when I saw one rose I was very happy.  And now that the whole bush is blooming I am really happy and wanting to share.  I’ve posted about how weird our roses are.  But I still like them, even though they start out really sunset orange and then fade to a washed out peach.  They SMELL really good. 

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Well, thank you for stopping by and visiting our yard.  We enjoy the entertainment the wildlife offers and the beauty that the flowers share with us.  I hope you did too.

Do you have a flower garden?  Do you have a vegetable garden?  Fruit trees?  Does any wildlife visit your yard?

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May 2011

Posted by terrepruitt on May 19, 2011

Today I taught Nia. It was not a Nia class, but a one-on-one session. No matter what I am teaching, a class, a playshop, a move, a song, an individual, I always learn things myself. It is amazing. Sometimes I am reminded of something. Today I was reminded of how fun it is to teach someone something new. To explain something in a way that allows them to understand. In some instances it might be the information is received and then there is still learning or “mastering” to be done, but they have the tool you gave them. In some instances they just have it. It just depends on what it is. But it is amazing.

When I am learning a new routine I would love to be able to take a perfect “product” into my class. But there is often a point where I know it is not perfect, but I can’t learn anymore by myself. So I take it into class and usually that first time in that one hour I learn more than (or just as much as) I had learned in the time it I spent getting to the point I where I took it into the class. Amazing. I might have actually said this very thing before in a previous post, so it might sound familiar to you. Or it could sound familiar because you have experienced something similar. Learning as you are teaching. I love that!

Well, it is May and for the past week, maybe two it has been cold and raining here in the San Francisco Bay Area. I don’t mind it so much. Especially since, as you may know, I have a new found love . . . making soups with my immersion blender! The last one I made I made it too spicy and I couldn’t eat it. I was very sad.  But my husband loved it which was great because he was stuck eating the whole pot. I was thinking it would be the last batch before the warm weather comes in and I might have been right. The past two days have been pretty warm and very beautiful.

It seems like spring might actually finally be here.

During the cold one of my friends posted a picture of some of her flowers. She had cut them and brought them in the house and posted “At least it’s springtime inside the house.” She inspired me. It took me a few days, but I cut these from a tiny rose bush we have in our yard. These are VERY small roses. The bush is probably not even two feet high.

I just wanted to share. I wanted to share the beautiful flowers, the beauty in a sign of spring, the excitement of learning as you teach, the wonder and beauty of the world. I wanted to share and I wanted to say I am looking forward to living in the beauty that is, and learning as I go.

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A Rose Is A Rose

Posted by terrepruitt on April 1, 2010

I have learned a lot from our backyard here in San Jose. One thing I have learned is even rose bushes change.

I am posting pictures of our roses because they have changed over the years. When we first moved in there were ORANGE. I had never seen roses so orange. My husband wanted to rip out all the rose bushes and rearrange the yard and I requested that he keep the orange rose bush. I didn’t care about anything else in the yard but that one bush. I was fascinated by the orange roses. And so were many people that saw them. When we first moved in we had a ton of roses, all the time, or it seemed like all the time. We would have flowers in the house all the time. I would also take them to work. People would stop and ask me about the orange roses. That is how vibrant their color was.

While I am not sure about how my hubby felt about the orange roses, I know how he felt about the rose bush. He HATED it. It was one of those bushes that had thorns everywhere. At the top of the stem near the flower there would be hundreds of little tiny thorns. When they got in your fingers, they felt like fiber glass. The thorns were progressively larger as they went down the stem. There was never any room on the stem to put your fingers. So working with these roses always resulted in bloody fingers. The thorns at the bottom where huge, sometimes as big as a half of an inch.

Also the blooms had “less petals”. I think of the “less petal” roses as “real” roses.

Early this week, while I was practicing Nia, I looked out the window and saw a huge rose on the bush. I decided I wanted to have it inside. So I went out to cut it. Even though the rose was next to a bud, I decided to cut them both so the stem would be long enough to put in a tall vase. I also cut another rose. I was holding them while I was looking for a vase to put them in, it occurred to me that there was one (ONE!!!) thorn on the big rose’s stem. And the other one hardly had any. Then I looked at the rose itself and noticed it too is different.  I had previously posted about the color change of our roses, but I had not noticed the lack of thorns nor the increase in the amount of petals before.

They are still very beautiful and I love having roses in the yard and in the house. But, there are not the same roses that we had when we moved in. So I learned that roses morph. The rose bush that has been in our yard since we moved in eleven years ago has changed. Interesting. I guess most things change huh? I had noticed that the flowers were not longer the striking orange color they had used to be, but I just noticed the flower itself is different and there are less thorns. They have been changing over the years. Do you know why? Is it cross pollination? Do all roses do that?

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Yard Roses

Posted by terrepruitt on July 9, 2009

 

It is funny to me because when we first moved to San Jose, this rose bush had JUST orange roses.  Bright orange.  Now some come in pink.  The ones that do come in orange turn pink. 

All of our rose bushes are multi-colored now.   Funny how it worked out that way.

 

I still think they are awesome.

 

I wish you would smell them.

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