The roses have begun to bloom. I don't have many roses, but four decided to bloom on the same day. I always enjoy seeing them as they first bloom. Luckily we don't have too many problems with black spot and rust, and as of right now they are all looking healthy. I've had to blast the aphids off a couple of times with the hose, but otherwise things are looking good now.
This is an unknown pink rose that was in our back yard when we bought the house. It was getting too much shade and grew reaching sideways to the sun. I moved it to the front yard and now it reaches straight up instead. It gets to be at least 5 feet tall and covered with these beautiful pink roses, which have a very good fragrance. If anyone knows anything about what type this is I'd love to know.
'Honey Perfume' is just starting to bloom. It has an almost green undertone right now, maybe it's just the lighting outside. It does have a nice smell, but not that strong. Maybe as it opens more it will be stronger. Last year it didn't bloom much so I can't remember the scent.
'Iceberg' is about as easy as roses get, at least for me. It grows and blooms all summer. It does have a nice scent too. If it rains when it's in full bloom it begins to tip over so I'm usually out there staking it up for a little support. It does get a little black spot, but not bad.
'Abraham Darby' is my newest addition. I just planted it about a month ago. It's color is gorgeous and it has the best fragrance of all the roses so far. I think this might be my favorite!
Here's the butterfly, but it doesn't fly. This is a butterfly koi. It's fins are longer than a traditional koi. It almost looks like it's flying as it swims. People spend many thousands of dollars for one koi, but we've only ever bought our fish at pet stores for very small amounts of money, about $3 - $10. I would love to be able to have a huge pond full of very fancy koi, but for now one or two is plenty.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend with perfect gardening weather. I'm hoping to get out there and work sometime this weekend.