The award winning film A Room With a View won Best Picture of 1986, National Board of Review. It’s a British 3 time academy award winner about, “when Lucy Honeychurch and chaperon Charlotte Bartlett find themselves in Florence with rooms without views, fellow guests Mr. Emerson and son George step in to remedy the situation. Meeting the Emersons could change Lucy’s life forever but, once back in England, how will her experiences in Tuscany affect her marriage plans?” Written by Bridget Jones
I don’t know about you but from extensive traveling from work I started to be a really particular traveler. I always request a view. All views of parking garage roof tops and the building next door look the same no matter what wonderful city one is sent to performing their dog and pony show for which one is notable at performing. The list of things I like when I travel grows. Now I like to buy flowers and put them in the room with a view, even if I am there long enough to drop over on the bed with feet beating an audible drum beat. And don’t put me at murder central either. That’s the last room of a long hall with the exit door next to it ;). Scary, huh? I read murder mysteries. My mother said all intelligent people read murder mysteries. I have many distinguished writers that follow me on Twitter; mystery writer Claude Bouchard, with 328, 223 followers; Chris Collins, author of Himalayan novel Valley of the Flower with 360,192 followers; Robert Kong Hai @weirdchina, an American writer in China with 604,445 followers so I have responsibilities folks. That little murder central comment is keepin’ it lively to stimulate the super intelligent mystery writers who visit. 😉
Did I mention I like a high floor with a view, remember the Gaylord Texan? I say that in a cadence reflective of Remember the Alamo? I was under glass for a week. See post Steer Clear of the Atrium. It’s about life as I now know it living under glass.
I wrote my best Tweet there ever. “I like Mondo Grass under glass.” You may quote me.
I need a running trail if not a nice gym, a roof top garden, nice soap, a shower cap, down pillows, a coffee maker with good coffee, enough creamer and, you get my point. Oh, and please don’t let it smell like a hotel. I want it to be like home, sort of.
Where am I going with this? Never once has there been a view like the view I saw looking out my kitchen window of a spectacular hybrid tea rose on Christmas Eve through New Years Day 2011 called Rosie O’Donnell. The cane of the flower is towering 7′ 7″ over the fence with a back drop of a stark winter tree, and the bloom has rain drops from a Christmas Eve shower. I went outside and shot the picture looking up from below the fence on cloudy Christmas Eve morning. The next shot is of hybrid tea Taboo yesterday morning.
The remaining shots are to show you the pictures of varieties still beautiful in the winter rose garden. This is hybrid tea, Tahitian Sunset that shares the SE rose bed with HT, Rosie O’Donnell.
As long as I have a rose garden it will have the magnificent hybrid tea variety Pristine, rated an 8.6 by the ARS 2009 Handbook for Selecting Roses. This rose is consistently a favorite in gardens and rose shows across the land.You can see Rosie O’Donnell towering off to the right of Pristine in this shot.
For a closing shot I have a little known lowly rated rose that performs well for me. It has a beautiful color and that’s the way it is with ratings and roses. The ARS rates roses and usually I go by those rating religiously but sometimes I buy roses for sentimental reasons. This rose is rated a 6.8, but it is beautiful. Here it is capture Christmas Eve morn 2010. My rule for purchasing new roses is never buy a rose rated lower than 7.5 by the ARS Handbook for Selecting Roses available at www.ars.org.
Here’s just a fun shot of Izzy who had to assist in all holiday gift wrapping. She sat on most of the packages, pulled the paper and tried to lick the tape. I hope it is a healthy and prosperous New Year for all. I would love for you all to leave comments about gardening topics you would like to discuss.
I want to extend a special Happy New Year and hello to my German Readers and thank-you Christine Hartman, editor-in-chief for asking me to write the gardening section of the Frauenmesse News Networking Business online paper. This is me in a holiday sweater that ladies of a younger generation tease me about because they say only mature ladies like ’em. I say shut-up, you only wish you looked this good.
p.s disclaimer hide the kids, shut-up is technically a swear word in Texas.
Happy New Year from Gagas’s Garden, a gathering place!