4.13.2009

Garden Surprises

I strolled through my garden this morning taking some photographs for today's post and found some gardening surprises. There were several flowers blooming for their first time today that were not at all what I expected when I planted them. Does that ever happen to you? Thankfully they were all happy surprises.

This was sold in a package as a double blue peony. Imagine my surprise when it bloomed pink and was single. It is one of my favorites and had I not been surprised with it I might not have even planted this one.


It is putting on such a beautiful show. It is funny how serendipity ends up being so good if you will just give it a chance.

When I planted the rose below, I thought it was going to be orange and so I searched for a spot where it would not clash with any of my other flowers and so imagine my surprise to find that it is a beautiful creamy yellow with just the tiniest hint of apricot.

I planted it where it could grow up an old spiral plant stand and it is close to the pathway so I can lean over and smell it's beautiful scent.

The rose below was a Mother's Day gift from my daughter and I was told that it was red. She told me it was called Don Juan. It is a climbing rose so I planted it to grow up an electric pole growing in my yard. It was a surprise when it bloomed and was a beautiful hot pink. (pink is my very favorite) Wasn't God good to bless me with pink when I expected red?

And to further surprise me, the roses are tiny. Much like the size of minature roses only growing on a full sized climbing rose.
This rose was supposed to be a deeper pink. I really expected more of a burgandy and again I am blessed with my favorite pink. All these surprises get me to thinking . . .

Life is full of unexpected twists, turns, and surprises. We can react to them with anger, and stress and upset or . . .
We can look for the blessings and beauty hidden in every situation.

I choose to look at every trial and find the hidden good.

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16 comments:

Outside In said...

Such beautiful flowers! Love the Roses, wish I could grow them here, we have the black spot disease problem in this area. ;(

LWHPA said...

That reminds me of our marriage...You married a hunk and after 27 years you got stuck with a big old chunck and you insist on still looking for the hidden good in me...LOL...Love ya...Your Fat n Sassy Happy Husband

June said...

You certainly are a lucky girl, with this lovely peony and beautiful surprise roses, and a very funny honey.
Hugs from Idaho, June

Heather said...

That looks so pretty. All of them do. I would like to plant peonies here too, just haven't done it yet. Now I feel inspired to look for them next time I'm out.
Heather

Grace Peterson said...

I must say TD, I'm not quite so...harmonious when it comes to serendipity. PINK tulips I purchased at Costco last fall have begun to bloom. There are smaller purple ones and--get this--large salmon/red ones. Talk about clash! I'm laughing. Life is too short to get upset about these little gardening burps. :)

Oh, and I've got to tell you this: Confession time: I was at Goodwill tonight and found several back issues of Fine Gardening--issues I don't have. AND seven oversized British gardening magazines called aptly enough, The English Garden--99 cents each. EYE CANDY BIG TIME ! I immediately thought of you.

Your roses are dazzling. Life's little surprises. Don't you just love gardening?

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

You sure did have a lot of happy surprises! I love pink flowers too. I think my garden would be all pink if I didn't stop myself. I love the pink peony!

Roses at Wedgwood House and Gardens said...

Dear Debbie, I enjoyed this post. So often are we dished with the unexpected. My worst surprise was to be delivered two roses ordered from Pickering under the name of Cottage Rose which I really wanted for a certain location. NOT!!! Despite what you say:) I was very disappointed at the time. I could not figure out what these roses where. To cut a long story short, after giving one of them away I discovered their true identity. They were the climber Parade, now that I know that, I look at it in a different light and I have seen some amazing pictures of Parade. So now we have moved it next to a fence, and I think it is going to be INCREDIBLE!! Though not as an Austin shrub set in the ground!! Yes we really can always see the beauty of the unknown, if we open up our eyes. Thank you for this post.
Pauline

Susie said...

Oh I love garden surprises! You have some beauties here.

Susan said...

Your flowers are just lovely. What nice surprises!

Debbie said...

Deb, you're lucky the "surprises" didnt clash! They're beautiful though. My peonies are only about 8 or 9" tall, so your blooms look fabulous dahling!

Judanna said...

Oh Debbie, I am at work, sitting at my desk reading your post. It is just beautiful and I really want to be home tending to my plants.
Thanks for sharing your beauties.
Judanna

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

an array of beauties.... cheers! ~ bangchik

Chandy said...

I love those blooms! Debbie, you are a magician with a camera! I can almost touch them!

Jesikarena said...

I really love the "orange rose" Its really beautiful. I love love love english roses!
I look forward to seeing more of you roses.

Lindab said...

You've certainly had a lot of surprises. The apricot rose is just gorgeous - I wish I could smell it.

Christina and photography by Buddy said...

Your roses, words and attitude is beautiful!!
Christina