I never promised you a rose garden.
Nonetheless, if you are one of my local readers I am offering you a rose garden today.
This is the view from our back yard.
That is our neighbor Arlene’s rose garden. Arlene is married to Ken, my handyman neighbor who does all (or most anyway) of my furniture repairs. They live right next door to us and although we both have fences on the outside edges of our properties, there is no fence down the middle between us.
I’ve admired this lovely view for the past nearly 30 years, why would I want to block it? And I certainly wouldn’t want to hinder Ken’s ability to walk back and forth from his workshop to my workshop!
As you can see, Ken and Arlene take immaculate care of their yard and garden. Unfortunately they are starting to find that the roses are just a bit too much maintenance for them now that they are in their 80’s.
As the song goes, along with the sunshine there has to be a little rain sometimes. So Arlene has decided that this will be the last year for her rose garden.
Both nnK and I offered to help her with the necessary gardening tasks that would allow her to keep the roses for a few more years, but Arlene is having none of it. If she can’t do it herself, she doesn’t want to rely on others to do it for her. I also suspect that she realizes that although our hearts are in the right place, it’s doubtful that nnK and I would maintain the roses to her exacting specifications.
So the roses have to go.
She’ll be keeping the rest of her perennial beds, but just digging out the roses and planting grass in that area.
I’m definitely going to miss them.
Arlene has always been very generous with her roses and I’ve used them in many furniture photo shoots.
This is where you come in. If you are a local reader and you would like to try your hand at growing roses, or if you know someone who would, Arlene’s roses are up for grabs. Free to a good home. She plans to start digging them out this week, and hopefully finish up next week. If you want one, or two, or a dozen, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make arrangements for you to pick some up. If there are no takers we’ll likely put them on Craigslist where they are sure to go quickly.
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly
Love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times (or at least the roses) while we can.