‘Stormy Weather’ Climbing Rose Weathers Winter

'Stormy Weather' Bloom & A Bumble Bee

7 Traits You Want In A Climbing Rose Bush

  1. Perpetual Bloom Cycle
  2. Winter Hardiness Tested in zones 3-9
  3. Colorful
  4. Disease resistant
  5. Fragrant
  6. Easy care
  7. Vigorous rapid bloom cycle

Clusters of this uncommon color can create a commotion in the landscape ’cause it blooms & repeats in the very first season.

One question I am asked most often is: “What is a great climbing rose?

‘Stormy Weather’ is a great climbing rose.

'Stormy Weather' Next to the Deck
‘Stormy Weather’ Next to the Deck

Find Your Plant Hardiness Zone

It’s time to order your roses online or from catalogs that you’ve received, if you haven’t already. Growers are showing beautiful canes already on Instagram. Rose growers will ship your roses to you according to the last date of a late hard frost in your area, when it’s safe to plant roses. Here’s where you can go to determine your plant hardiness zone. USDA plant hardiness zone.

”Stormy Weather’ LCI,

Time To Order | Happy Rose Shopping

“There’s no Climber that sings the blues any better…mysterious deep smokey purple blues with a touch of cloudy white on the reverse…set against grey-green leaves”. That’s a description of “Stormy Weather in one of the catalogs so if you want a great climber this is it!

My preferred plant hardiness zone map is Plant Maps because you will be able to determine the predicted last day of late hard frost and essential dates gardeners need. Simply click on the link above and enter your zip code for the data. Happy Climbing Rose Shopping.

Thankful

Wednesday Before Thanksgiving Is For Baking

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is a day that our home is filled with the aroma of baking. Due to my husband’s recent back surgery it will just be my husband and I to enjoy this bountiful Thanksgiving at home and yet I will still cook the traditional feast that means so much and has always meant so much to our family. My daughter in California asked me why would I cook all that food for just Dad and me?The answer: because it fills us with joy and yes some nostalgia. The smells, the sound of the Christmas parade on television, the launch of the Christmas holidays, all of it fills us with gratitude. I am so grateful for the traditions that my Mother and Father and their Mother and Father’s and all of our ancestors passed on to us so that we can now preserve and share the traditions that make us one big American Family.

What Holiday Traditions Makes You Happy? 

And do you know what makes me the happiest? To see my family and their families carry on the same joyful family traditions. Last year we went to Virginia to have Thanksgiving in Fredericksburg. I want to share our manger scenes with you that I’m so thankful for. The children and I participated in the Hulls Memorial Baptist Church manger scene and drove in the Christmas Parade in downtown Fredericksburg. It’s memories like that that will live on forever. The town of Fredericksburg greeted us with cheers all along packed city streets. And I’ll share a traditions I started and I have embellished upon. Mother used to always serve that green Jell-o mold with shredded carrots and also a fruit salad we loved but it didn’t keep very well so replaced that tradition with this Strawberry Jello Salad for her fruit salad.

Kids Love It

All kids love it. If you have new traditions I would love to hear about them. We have one I’ve shared with you called Texas Caviar that my Daughter-In-Law eats with a spoon like Gazpacho! I’ll share that before New Years eve because my Mother has completely made me superstitious. The saying goes, you must eat black-eyed peas for the new year for good luck!

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Float Fredericksburg VA Christmas Parade The Manger Float

Ingredients Strawberry Jell-O Fruit Salad

I large package of Strawberry Jell-O

2 Cups boiling water

1 small package sliced or crushed strawberries

1 can crushed pineapple

2 ripen mashed bananas

Directions

Stir two cups bowling water into Jell-O add pineapple with juice stir in ripened bananas and frozen strawberries stirring until thawed. Put into the refrigerator until almost set. Remove from the refrigerator and either layer the Jell-O mix in a pretty glass bowl or swirl the sour cream and put back in the refrigerator and allow to set. The mixture will remain rather soft but delicious and creamy.

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Fredericksburg VA Christmas Parade The Manger Float

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Children’s Choir in Fredericksburg VA before the Christmas 

Making Apple Pies

My Boy!

After A Wonderful Day

A Rose By Any Other Name…

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” ~ William Shakespeare

Fun is one of the most mysterious words in the English language. Catch it, contain it, bottle it and sell it if you can. Define it if you dare. Each person has a different idea of fun. Fun comes when you least expect it so be on the look out or you may miss it. Seldom have I found ‘fun’ when it was planned and most expected, and often I’ve found it when it was least expected.

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners
Number Of Seven | Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners

Such is the case when I discovered that a hibiscus is known by the name ‘rose mallow’. I planted this gentle tropical giant at the entry of the Rose Walk Way in the Rock Rose Garden. The shear audacity of a giant tropical ‘Rose Mallow’ planted in the middle of a country setting across from corn fields was fun and it tickles me pink. This is the essence of a juxtaposition.

Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance
Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance

The Hibiscus ‘Rose Mallow’

Native to China, the hibiscus is confused often times with many plants; from the ‘Rose of Sharon’ to Hollyhocks it has been cultivated in the United States and Japan for thousands of years.

Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid
Summerific® ‘Cranberry Crush’ Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid

It’s the genus of over 200 plants! It comes in large rose, yellow, purple, pink and white flowers. Most varieties have large flowers from 6-12 inches blooming in late summer.

‘Rose of Sharon’ | ‘And The Desert Shall Bloom Like A Rose’~ Isaiah 35:1

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

 The phrase ‘Rose of Sharon’ that folks confuse the hibiscus rose mallow with appears in English in 1611 as “the flower of the field” in the King James Bible. The speaker (beloved) says, in the song of Solomon 2:1 “I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley”. The previous translations had referred to it simply as ‘Flower of the Field”.

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

Bible scholars think it’s a catch phrase that could be a mistranslation referring to:

  • Crocus A kind of crocus growing as a lily on the coastal plain of Sharon
  • Tulip – Bright red tulip prolific on the Hills of Sharon
  • Madonna Lily, commonly know as the ‘Lily of the Valley’ mentioned in Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Narcissus, Rose

    'Uncle Joe' in the Rock Rose Garden | "Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus "
    ‘Uncle Joe’ in the Rock Rose Garden | “Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus “

Only one of the species is a member of Rosaceae, (the rose family). ‘Rose of Sharon’ lack of precise meaning therefore is used often in song and verse. Though the identity of the flower still remains unclear its that very lack of precision that makes it a useful catch phrase. The species it refers to in modern usage is a member of Rosaceae. And the Hebrew word translation reads “And the desert shall bloom like a rose.” RoseofSharon1

Most interesting is a translation committee from ‘Song of Solomon’ 2:1 thinks “Rose of Sharon” is a mistranslation of Hebrew word for crocus. And etymologists’ tentatively have linked the word for beṣel, meaning bulb and understood as meaning either pungent or splendid.

National Flower of S. Korea ‘The Rose of Sharon’ Mugungwa

‘Rose of Sharon’ is the National Flower of S. Korea. Its pronounced (moogooonwa).  It was first used by the actual term mugunghwa and was first employed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” ~Isaiah 35:1 KJV

For more information about roses visit The American Rose Society Web site.

'Litchfield Angel' Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses
‘Litchfield Angel’ Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses

‘Stormy Weather’ Climbing Rose, Mauve or Purple?

'Stormy Weather', LCI Beautiful large flowered climber blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?

The weather across the U.S. calls for a rose aptly named ‘Stormy Weather’ for Wordless Wednesday. Join the debate, leave a comment. Color is subjective. How do you see the color of ‘Stormy Weather’?

  1. Mauve
  2. Purple
  3. Burgundy

Vote in the comment section or tweet your vote.

'Stormy Weather', LCI Beautiful large flowered climber blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?
‘Stormy Weather’, LCI Beautiful large flowered climbing rose bush blooming in candelabra of purple blooms or do you call them mauve?

'Stormy Weather' Climbing Rose Candelabra
‘Stormy Weather’ Climbing Rose Filled With Blooming Candelabra

The little ruler was provided by The Seedkeeper Company, the best source for organizing your seeds.

 

 

Rosy Raccoon Raiding Roses

Rosey Racoon Captured in a Safe Capture & Release Cage

Rosey Racoon | Here comes trouble with a capital 'T'! Right Here is Rose garden city!
Rosy Raccoon | It’s 3:00 AM Do You Know Where Your Raccoon Is? | I Do!

Things began to be tossed about in the rose garden. ‘Golden Showers'(LCI), a yellow large-flowered climber I just planted next to ‘Dublin Bay’ was dug up. The bird bath was slung into ‘Love Song’. Weight of the planters was no object.

It looked like a mini-Incredible Hulk was on a rose-garden rampage. Enter trail-cam. ‘Big Daddy’ is a problem solver. We needed facts. What type of creature are we dealing with? The first night I forgot and let our kitties, re-gifted to us by our grand-kids, fondly known as the garage girls outside and we captured a black kitty.

Squeaks was the first capture in our safe catch & release program!
Squeaks our black kitty that was re-gifted to us was the first capture in our safe catch & release program!

The second night we camouflaged the cage with ‘Big Daddy’s’ tarp. The temptation that landed us our Rose Garden midnight marauder was sardines! Oh yeah!

Rosey Racoon Captured in a Safe Capture & Release Cage
Rosy Raccoon Captured in a Safe Capture & Release Cage

Rosy Raccoon Turned Out To be Our Night Time Rose Garden Assailant
Rosy Raccoon Captured Along The Rose Walkway

Take note that Rosy must have felt right at home in the rose garden since we have a raccoon carving ‘Welcome Statue Carving’ at the entrance of the rose walkway. Look at the Trail Cam pic for the Raccoon carving. Irony abounds at Gaga’s Garden. Now Rosy Raccoon is captured. We believe in safe catch and release. We took her/him to a safe space in the witness protection program, a new identity, by a lake where there are no farms or homes for him to cause mischief or meet us back home before we get back.

Rosey Raccoon's Rose Walkway
Rosy Raccoon’s Rose Walkway