Wednesday, December 30, 2009


foliage of Rose 'Caldwell Pink'

One of my newest roses 'Caldwell Pink,' performed like gangbusters this past season. It even out bloomed Knock-Out! The flowers are a light to medium pink that fade to mauve. They are minature in size but there are so many of them in bloom the bush is covered with color. The neatest thing I discovered is that in the winter the foliage is amazing. It turns all shades of orange, bronze, and maroon. This photo was taken the day after our 'White Christmas.'

Sunday, December 27, 2009


White Christmas

There hasn't been a Christmas with snow in Dallas/Fort Worth since 1926. That means if you are 83 and you were here, it was your second experience. Wow!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


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Sherman Library Gardens
Corona del Mar, California

Another place I got to visit while in California for Thanksgiving was the Sherman Library Gardens. A small plot of land but very charming to see. The succulent gardens were an inspiration.

Friday, December 18, 2009


Pasadena California
While visiting family in California for Thanksgiving, I got to go to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, my birthplace city. The art collection was amazing. I saw some Northern Renaissance paintings that I had studied in school, as well as many others from other periods. It is a museum you can not see in one day. The gardens were also a great thing to see. I can definitely see Monet's influence. To read about the history of the gardens, go to: