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ShareMondays2020 – For The Fallen

For The Fallen

ShareMondays2020 – For The Fallen

Everyday we hear the statistics, the numbers. I don’t want to forget that every number is a person. An individual with life ahead of them. With loved ones. With hopes and dreams. This for them, the fallen. They should never just be a statistic.

As my roses started to wilt, I was reminded of a poem I wrote many years ago. I was newly diagnosed with the Crohn’s, and bit by bit, all my own hopes and dreams were stripped away from me. I survived though! I still have a life ahead of me and many loved ones. I have fought hard to live so they don’t have to grieve.

My sincere condolences to all the family and friends of those who have been taken by this dreadful virus.

Youth

A single rosebud,
Dew dropped
And heaven scented,
Plucked by its stem
As a gift presented.
A tainted token,
Its arteries broken,
Uprooted and taken.
To watch it now wilt,
All that’s felt is guilt
For natures treasures forsaken.

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Blue Monday: Bouquet

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Today I have busy processing photos from Alana and Bobby’s Wedding last Thursday! I was really thrilled when Alana first told me of her colour scheme. To have such a beautiful blue within all their photos is just lovely 🙂

This is Alana’s gorgeous bouquet of ivory roses, blue delphiniums and fragrant herbs. Quite simply, delightful!

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Taste Of Autumn: Abundance

Taste Of Autumn: Abundance

Everything appears to be in abundance this Autumn. Acorns, fungi, late roses, beech nuts, berries and fabulous foliage all in our back garden!

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Bugging Me

Bugging Me

So I’m actually really tolerant of most invertebrates. There’s only one that I really hate and that’s the mosquito. Nothing could ever persuade me to photograph a mosquito!

There are, however, a few that just creep me out! Here are two of them, the Rose Sawfly larvae and the Flesh Fly.

We’ve got a dreadful infestation of Sawfly in our communal gardens and they’re wrecking my beautiful roses. They’ve been sprayed several times with no discernible effect. I’ve been out squishing larvae and adults everyday, but still they multiply! Help!

Flesh Fly

I can stand to look at the adult Flesh Fly, they’re really quite pretty, the larvae though, gross!

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Heaven Scent

Heaven Scent

I’ve brought you back home to our own community gardens today.

Brian, the resident behind so much of the beauty in our gardens, is so clever with companion planting!

Not only is the peachy orange of the rose enhanced by the blue of the surrounding lavender but, oh, the scent!

Whenever I need a quick pick-me-up I really do just go outside and smell the roses 🙂

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For Lou

For Lou

Today is my friend Lou’s birthday. Sadly she is no longer with us to celebrate.

If she had been, then today we would have sat in the garden, drinking Rosé or Pimms, enjoying the sun and admiring the flowers 🙂 And laughing! There was always lots of laughter.

She’d be 43 today so, Lou, here are 43 roses, photographed today, from me to you. Thank you for being such a special part of my life. I miss you and I cherish the wonderful memories that I hold in my heart.

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With Love and Roses

With Love and Roses

With Love and Roses

From miles away
You heard my heart
Beat irregular, strained.
You caught the tear
That, outwardly unshed,
Fell from my soul.
Subconsciously you felt
The shift of my mood,
Spiralling into shadows.
You understood, more than I,
This sudden and unwanted
Urge to cry, to hide.
You seem to see inside
This delicate mind,
Perhaps because we are
Of one and the same.
Then you came home to me
With love and roses.