Thursday, June 08, 2006

Flower-a-Day: Rainy Day Rose

Rainy Day Rose, 6x8, oil/panel
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Sigh.... It's raining again. Not just drizzly rain...a nor'easter! That means driving rain, and blustery, gusty wind. I hope this is not an indication of what the entire month of June is going to be like...or *gasp* the whole summer. We may get some partly sunny skies on Sunday, but there are little cloud icons on every day for the next 6 days over at It's not looking good. In the long run the garden will appreciate all the rain if in July or August we have a drought. In the short term however, the peonies are being destroyed, the iris are melting away and the geraniums and roses aren't faring much better. The weeds on the otherhand are running amuck (as are the mosquitoes) and I haven't had a dry day when I can put down the 12 bags of mulch I got from Home Depot, (which by the way are now soaked and are 10 times their original weight). So as a result of all this foul, damp weather I brought a rose inside to paint today. It is a David Austin English Rose, a variety known as Lavendar Rose. It has a beautiful purple/pink color and a fruity scent.
Since the weather is so lousy (if you are local) I thought I'd point you in the direction of some other wonderful blogs that combine art and gardening. The first is at Katherine Tyrrell's blog from the UK, Making A Mark where you can click on links and explore the Royal Horticultural Societies gardens. This is lots of fun since they have a panoramic feature that let's you look around 360 degrees in the gardens. The second is Laurelines a sketching blog I highly recommend. Her theme this month is "In the Garden".
Blogger has been down again, ugh!!This is yeasterday's (6/7/06) flower I'm a day behind on posting. The weather is still gray and overcast this AM but I may be able to get into the garden today....we'll see. Catch ya' later!

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