Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First, Last and Only

Sorry folks - no Posts of the Week this week and probably not next week either - but you never know. We're up at the cottage so I've not had online access to visit and collect the links for your fine blog posts.

You all deserve a rose for going to the bother of clicking on over here just to see.

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This rose bud was the one and only blossom which appeared on my rose bush, this year. Don't feel too badly - I thought the plant was dead and gone. Last year, a rambunctious little Jack Russell Terror and an equally exuberant little three year old (hi Winston!) managed to trample the stalk just as it was about to bloom. It showed no signs of life for the rest of the last growing season and it wasn't looking too hopeful this year.

Then one day, in the early part of August, this lovely peachy blossom appeared, matured and died in the course of a few days. It gives me hope that it will rise again, next year.

So here you have it - the first, last and only rose of the season.

It was a rose from this plant which appeared in my blog header up until a couple of months ago. If you'd like to read about my very fond memory of first and last roses, please click here.

There will be another scheduled post tomorrow.

Happy Birthday Carol Anne! I enjoyed our day together and hope we can do it again soon.

43 comments:

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you for my special rose.

Dawn said...

Thank you.
This was a most beautiful way to end my day.

Bob Bushell said...

Have a funny fortnight won't you.

roobo69 said...

Oh yes, this looks much better on my PC than on my phone. Enjoy the cottage ...

25BAR said...

Enjoy your time at the cottage!

Moannie said...

Enjoy yourself: it's later than you think.
Enjoy yourself, while you're still in the pink.
The years go by, as quickly as a wink,
Enjoy yourself enjoy yourself
It's later than you think.

I only wanted to tell you not to think about us and to 'enjoy yourself at the cottage, when that old song came into my head and I was compelled to write it down.

XX

Anvilcloud said...

We had a rose bush between an AC and a wall. I tried my best to dig it out. Year later, and I mean years, it grew and began to flower. As far as I know (we've moved), it's still going strong.

Mental P Mama said...

There's something so poignant about that rose bush working to give you such a special gift...and to say "I'm still here."

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Jack Russell terror, har!

Hilary said...

First last or whatever, it's a lovely shot.

TexWisGirl said...

a spectacular photo! we'll forgive you for no POTW! :)

Snappy Di said...

But SUCH a wonderful rose.

Carol Anne said...

Thank you for your warmm wishes, Hil - and for the lovely rosebud. As always, your pictures are worth a thousand words. I guess our visits are worth at least a hundred pictures, then ... : )

Linda said...

With a rose that beautiful, who needs more? Thanks for the flower this morning. Hope you're having a great time at the cottage. Oh, and happy birthday to Carol Anne. I'm still waiting for her to start a blog.

yaya said...

If I only had one day to live I would love to look as beautiful as your rose!

Suldog said...

It may be the only bloom, but it's certainly one of the loveliest I've ever seen.

DJan said...

I love your roses, Hilary, and I hope you are having a great time at the cottage. See you when you get back!

Daryl said...

I dont come over here for the POTW, I come for the water .. oh wait that's Casablanca .. I hear if you cut back a rose bush almost to the ground it comes back stronger with more flowers ..

ellen abbott said...

Roses are pretty hardy. I'm sure it will be back.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the rose Hilary, and I hope you all enjoy your time at the cottage.

messymimi said...

Very kind of you to share your one rose with us. Thank you.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You're so thoughtful! I love this solitary rose. I do feel badly for your mauled bush, though. If it survived a Jack Russell and 3 year old, it'll probably be okay. Eventually. Hope you are having a terrific time!

Jayne said...

"Just?" to see? But there's so much for us to see! A rose is so much more than a rose. :)

She Writes said...

Only one rose? Just one? Precious then. Hmmm. Only one of each us. Precious also :).

ladyfi said...

What a dreamy and utterly lovely shot!

Travis Erwin said...

Hope the fish are biting for Frank.

Out on the prairie said...

Your cottage sounds fun

Susan in the Boonies said...

Thanks for the flower: so glad it survived!

Barbara Shallue said...

It was worth dropping in to see that rose. Now I kinda have hope my crape myrtles and tiny rosebush have survived the drought to bud next year! Enjoy yourself at the cottage!

Barb said...

I just cut a peachy bud like this and brought it inside. It opened into a sweet and perfect tiny rose. Have a good time at your cabin - enjoy the last of summer.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I LOVE this shot.

missing moments said...

Enjoy! We are returning from our Maine trip ... So beautiful up there!

Steve Gravano said...

Beautiful soft focus. I miss having a rose bush. Enjoy your time at the cottage!

rosaria said...

Lovely hue on that rose.

Cloudia said...

Rose Resurgent - my fave heroine!


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Midlife Jobhunter said...

Beautiful rose. Enjoy the lake.

Anyes said...

You are very sweet to think of offering us this rose, thank you Hilary :-)

Dave said...

That's a sad story of your only rose Hilary, but ends happily when it finally bloomed - Dave

SueAnn said...

Thank you for such a gorgeous rose!
Hugs
SueAnn

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

my hat's off to you/stunning photography, hilary!

betty xx

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

...and thanks for my lovely rose!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Gorgeous shot. Love everything about this .

lime said...

a little blossom of hope then!