Thursday, December 6, 2012

December roses.


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I'm looking at this picture and getting REALLY into it. I may be slightly tipsy. Roses and wine make for good company. And I've had a lot of both lately.

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I'm into roses in a big way this year. This week I've spent all my free time stalking various bushes all over town. I have my spots. Nea's a good companion for this. So is Asheley because she's stealthy and gorgeous. When we're sneaking clipped booty out of an Ikea parking lot and a security guard rolls by in a golf cart, you better believe having a bodacious blonde as an accomplice helps.

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Hustling these beauties back to the studio I spend several different occasions primping them and arranging them. It's like playing with dolls sort of except these have thorns, and likely have been urinated on by every neighborhood hound. Whatever.

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It's not the time of year most of us think of roses, I know. I should be talking about wreaths, since that's whats really happening work wise, and wreaths are all I see all over candy instagram land. Beautiful wreaths! half wreaths, thin wreaths! upside-down-inside-out wreaths, fern wreaths, edible wreaths etc. Everyone's wreaths seem to resemble them in soome way. Ours tend to be sorta chubbs and little goth. I gotta show you some soon.

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Asheley and I took a quick run up to the farm yesterday to check on some feral cats that we parked there to control the rodent population. So far they just eat and look cranky. Oh cats. I never thought I'd go back to cats, but I'm desperate to save my tulip bulbs from voles and chipmunks. We've not named or photographed them yet, so it's like they don't exist except for when Nea finds their droppings in a newly planted ... tulip bed. You just can't win.

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Hey, our shop is going to be open this weekend and every weekend till Christmas. It's like old times; we're selling soap and everything. If you are on our mailing list you know we have some snazzy new soaps and are making a small collection of unique wreaths which I promise to show you soon. Will you come by and say hello? We can chitchat about flowers and I'll cut you off to talk about Homeland. Trust that George Michael's "Last Christmas" will be on repeat Saturday and Sunday from 11-6pm.

Till then...have you seen some of the roses along the west side highway downtown? They are still blooming like crazy; the strangest little temperate habitat, snuggled from wind and cold by the city on the east and Battery Park high rises on the west, coddled by the exhaust of persistant traffic. Man and nature.

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16 comments:

Hunts Alaska said...

Those are nice roses. It reminded me of the support group, Roses in December.

count buckula said...

Trust. have you seen attack the block?

Cindy said...

downton abbey + homeland = restless, which is a new sundance channel series premiering tonight! http://t.co/5FVYmnUD

we still have roses in our neighborhood and love those pink walls.

Liane said...

freaking love the pictures of your house. you should share more of it. great paint color, what is it?

Camille said...

Just getting ready to wack back my 'hot cocoa' roses here in the sun-shine state. But the foliage is still gorgeous and there are a few blooms yet, so I keep procrastinating. Confession: I haven't seen Homeland yet.

Fiona said...

So envious you still have roses. Ours have all been kissed by Jack Frost here in Scotland. Broke a promise never to use holly in wreaths. Look forwards to seeing yours

Julie said...

Our formerly feral cats are now fat and lazy due to our kids feeding them way too many treats. The voles are rampant.

One trick to help save your tulips: dig your holes and line the holes/trenches with sharp gravel or perlite, cover the gravel with a bit of soil, then plant the tulips. Voles don't like to cross anything sharp. Works for us. It also helps with any drainage issues so your bulbs don't rot.

Loving the roses.

My Love Wedding Ring said...

Those negative rose bushes are amazing, slightly psychedelic, but amazing still. The pink roses are very beautiful...

7petals said...

I really love this post. I'm not really feeling the holly/evergreen/branch spirit yet and seeing those roses still putting out was swell. I have a rose story too. There's a house in the hood where a rose resides,that blooms every December here. In Northern California, that's pushing it. It's a beauty too. An antique yellow with blousy blossoms and magenta green foliage. It's not in a garden. It just looks plopped down and unappreciated. You see, I'm trying to build my case for snipping a few. I further justified it by telling myself that the it was planted there before the renters moved in. No one was home to ask..... Rose Wrangling. My bad.

Jaime Rugh said...

two weeks back, night before thanksgiving, I took my 103 degree boy to urgent care- he was too achy to walk, and laid moaning on the filthy waiting room floor while I filled out paperwork. I was sick too but getting him looked at was why we were there- one of those nights when everything is wrong, and you don't know how you'll get home. Lots of waiting and then more waiting at a drugstore and worry that he hadn't eaten in over a day etc etc - i pulled into a McDonald's hoping a happy meal might entice some form or digestion - it didn't- but hidden on the backside of the drive thru meal board as I slowly pulled forward- the biggest warm magenta rose bush in full bloom hit by direct spotlight. I wanted the McDonald's roses ,w ill never forget how pretty they were..He was disoriented -so I set out to find home.

L A M A R T I N É said...

i NEED more S A I P U A soap. Hope the xmas shop sales are great this year. At our studio we're just not into xmas this year.....bad florist. xkld

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lyndsay said...

so so beautiful.

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nasrin akter said...

I really like this post.In Northern California, that's pushing it. It's a beauty too. An antique yellow with blousy blossoms and magenta green foliage. It's not in a garden. It just looks plopped down and unappreciated. You see, I'm trying to build my case for snipping a few. I further justified it by telling myself that the it was planted there before the renters moved in. No one was home to ask..... Rose Wrangling.

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Helen said...

Winter Blossoms are as gloomy and beautiful as winter itself.. And at your fresh flowers gallery, all these blossoms are simply heart touching..!