...is just as gorgeous. There really is something about the beauty of a rose that always astounds. This year has been a particularly good year -- mine have not stopped blooming for 12 months straight. This beauty came out of the blue, which they often seem to do. I'd come home from a trip to New Mexico last Saturday and went straight from the airport to my community garden, not only because it had been almost a week and I needed to water but because there had been a wicked wind storm while I was out of town and I wanted to make sure everything was in place. Surprisingly, it was -- I think the cement wall my garden backs up to was a big part of that.
So, with everything fine, nothing out of the ordinary, I watered and went home. Four days later I went by and, again seemingly out of the blue, I had five new blooms -- with this one the star. Gorgeous, right? Also starting to bloom is my poinsettia plant (just to the left of the rose in this photo). This will be the third year since I planted a Christmas leftover in the garden and, just in years past, the red leaves come out right on time at the holidays. I'll be sure to post more photos as we get closer. In the meantime, in this time of holiday craziness, let this be a reminder that it's never a bad idea to slow down to smell the roses.