A few years ago my daughter asked me if I'd like to go to visit a rose grower down the Willamette Valley from Portland. She'd gone there and was very impressed with the roses as they are all fragrant and "real" roses, not roses grafted onto "root stock". I so enjoyed going there and bought one rose - a climber called "4th of July".. this is that rose below, we planted it by the deck and it's doing well there. It's named that as it blooms near the 4th of July and it's striped, kind of like the American flag, or possibly looking like fireworks. This is the first rose on the farm to bloom.. it smells great, isn't it pretty?
And lastly.. I put a grouping of candles in my lantern and lit them as the evening was darkening. Funny thing.. I had visited a favorite blog of mine.. Mias Landliv from Norway and saw her lantern that she pictures often (it's there on her coffee table)... so I left a message on her blog and she kindly emailed back and told me where she got hers! Mine has a different finish, but the same shape. I finally found mine on eBay. :-)
OK.. toodles for now.. I'm off soon to go to dinner at my younger sisters house, our brother and his wife are in town for a visit!!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)