Las Rosas del Holler~

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The Holler is rural and rustic, so when I first moved here, almost seven years ago now, I first planted roses.
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It was an act of faith. Roses are civil, and I wasn’t sure this place was.
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Somehow I knew from the very beginning to encase their roots in chicken wire to repel the gophers who turned out to be legion.
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This first day of spring, The Holler roses are in wild, exuberant bloom!
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At night I hoot in communion with the owls, in the morning I wake up to be greeted by the hawks.
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This is the most civil place I have ever lived.
Cheers to you and Happy Spring from The Holler’s Bloominng roses~

281 thoughts on “Las Rosas del Holler~

  1. Cindy, they are a wonderful sight. Your photos, lovely as always, a true gift on such a grey day with the river filling and several more days of rain forecasted. Thank you! 🙂

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  2. Cindy, thank you sooo much for a real day-brightener! That lilac-hued one is spectacular (not that the others aren’t, of course, but I just happen to LOVE unusual colored roses!!). What a beautiful spot you’ve got — and I’m most impressed at your knowledge to protect the roots from gophers! I didn’t know that (of course, we don’t have the little fur-balls, ha!)

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    • I was seeing all these gopher digs around and knew the roses would be toast in no time. So I rimmed the root ball on all side with chicken wire. Now I do it with every plant. Poor gophers have to go somewhere else to dine!

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  3. You have a wonderful resiliency, a joyful expectation in all that you do. Planting roses is an act of faith, of hope, of love. These are the very things that make our world beautiful and our community strong and ready to embrace their individual journeys.

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  4. You did amazingly well with the roses! I love them but do not even attempt them any more. What a way to welcome spring. I have been missing your posts but always enjoy them – as do so many more! Cheers! Thank you for your recent visit to my humble blog.

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    • Yes, I goof around with this, photograph the flowers outside, with no flash inside against a black background, and with flash inside against a black background. This post has a mix of the first two. Thank you for noticing!

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  5. Very civil and proper roses, Cindy. But I would bet big bucks that wild roses also have a hallowed place in the Holler. But on to hooting. I think we have talked about your Dr. Doolittle tendencies before— and the fact that we share this little bit of strangeness. Lately I have been gobbling with our wild tom turkeys who stroll around in pairs. They immediately fluff up, stick their necks out, and gobble back at me in unison. It’s quite hilarious, actually. –Curt

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  6. Cindy – I love your floral pics and this post flowed so well – but I find that I kept going back to that very first one – at least three times – the veins and the color there – it is my fav of the series for sure – 🙂 and I can see why the plants are your companions – they must love you back

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    • I think of plants are the most benign living things on this planet. They take in C02 and respire out pure oxygen, they provide food, shelter, heat, flowers and natural perfume. I love them and love taking care of them. Thank you for your thoughtful words~

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    • If I am really lucky, I might get a capture of you very soon captioned, “Species humanoid, location South Africa.” Laughing……..;) 😉 Thanks my friend for the nice compliment.

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  7. Ah, my favorite rose, showing off her roses. Are they all in bloom now, Cindy. They are just beautiful. Here they are still inside insulating cones, protecting them from late frosts and freeze for a few more weeks…, but the crocus are starting to bloom !!!
    Hugs, Cuz. 🙂

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  8. Those are some seriously spectacular varieties of roses you have there! I wonder if the lavender-ish one with the ruffles is Angel Face. An old favorite of mine. But wow, those bicolored beauties are incredible!! 😀

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  9. Holler seems to be a good place for roses, Cindi, they look wonderful. Amazing that the roses are out already, we have to wait two months. Did you choose roses with a fragrance? I can’t think of a better start in the day than to bend over the roses in the morning and inhale their sweet fragrance, each rose with a different tune to it.
    Wishing you a good start in the new week,
    Dina

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    • I had no idea about gophers either until I moved in amongst hordes of them. One actually had the temerity to come up to my boot tip to scold me for inadvertantly flooding her den. Cheeky, toothy little mama. I was totally impressed with her courage. She came to confront Goliath for placing her babies in harms way. I backed up and apologized!

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      • O-lay! (aqua sneakers just did a stomp stomp, while I clapped my hands over my head) A rose in my teeth and fire in my soul, LOL. Well, maybe just a wee tickle in my soul, kind of like butterflies. Bayer ! I’ve never heard that before, WOW !

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      • Laughing…….You are one witty, creative chica! I can see you stomping in your aqua sneakers and clapping, with (my rose) in your teeth and your tickle in your soul. Some people add good, and joy, to the world. You are one such. ❤ ❤ ❤

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      • Cindy~

        I have always loved this rose. I remember someone long ago, telling me the name of it was “Sterling Silver.” I thought …..what a beautiful, unique name for a rose that is so beautiful and unique. I never forget the look or the name, but often wondered if there were other roses similar in color, but named differently. Thanks for clarifying. Also thank you for your consistency in encouraging my writing. I spend very little time on the WordPress reader, but your recognition of my posts does not go unnoticed. Grateful.

        Your photography is beautiful.

        MANY Blessings! ~ Gerean

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      • I love you blog and writing, and yes the Sterling Rose has been a favorite of mine for a long time too. I have never seen them grow as productively as they do at The Holler though. I love their color and their scent. Cheers to you my friend and have a great hump day~ ❤

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