Sunday, April 19, 2009

Roses, Birds and Calycanthus

I bought this rose last summer. This is Laura Bush. She is a floribunda rose and grows really well here in my zone 9 garden. I love the form of the petals and the delightful spicy fragrance.

Speaking of Delightful...This rose is a Double Delight. This one is tea rose tree. It does great here and the colors are amazing. Here it is in a bud form

This is Double Delight after it has opened fully.

I was watching this thing swinging in the tree and bouncing around like it was a ball. I had to get a closer look and come to find out it was a bird building her nest. The nest is made out of pieces of tarp and pine needles. It just hangs from a tree branch. I am pretty sure this is a Bullocks Oriole nest.

The Calycanthus is in full bloom. It smells like strawberry wine!

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Blossom said...

I love the rose. It has beautiful color. You are lucky to have birds nesting in your garden. I like waking up to chirping sounds.
I used to have that, too, once. The nest is still intact. I'm waiting for them to return and maybe lay eggs once more. People say they might do just that.

My Little Family: said...

Your roses are beautiful! And the bird's nest is really cool. I was just reading about them in Parade magazine where someone asked about gathering nests at hte end of the season. Turns out bird's nests are protected by law and you can't remove them. I had no idea but luckily I always leave them.

cindee said...

Hi Blossom,
Thanks for stopping by! I have a couple nests still in the trees around here. Most years the wind blows them out of the trees in the winter. I also have birdhouses for them. Birds are so fun to watch(-:

Hi My Little Family,
I wonder how many people follow the laws about picking up bird nests(-: If they are on the ground then they will be destroyed anyhow so why not pick them up?(-: I wouldn't climb a tree to gather a nest but if its on the ground then I will pick it up(-:

flowrgirl1 said...

What a great bird nest! We have baby nuthatches already in our bird house. I heard them yesterday chirping away when the parents arrived each time.

The roses are beautiful too.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Cindee, the double delight rose is so beautiful. What a strange looking nest it made with the different materials it used.

tina said...

I always hear Double Delight mentioned as such a beautiful rose-I can see why! That nest is way cool but the favorite thing on this post for me is the calycanthus. Strawberry wine is very nice. I have one of these and mine does not smell so nice. In fact, I am not sure if it even lived:( I did a bad thing last year by pouring used pool water on it to irrigate-too late I remembered the chlorine. Love yours!

Brenda said...

How odd and precarious the bird nest looks! And such a funny color. How on earth did you put your signature on there like that? I'm messing with Blogger and I can't figure out some things. I was posting and it wouldn't let me upload any more photos today. Finally gave up. And every time I do add an image, it shows up at the top and I have to move it to the bottom by pasting it! Do you know what I'm doing wrong?

Barbee' said...

I have had 2 Calycanthus shrubs, but neither of them had the wonderful fragrance that my grandmother's did many years ago. (She called hers Sweet Betsy.) I have read that the ones grown from seeds do not have much fragrance. To get that, we need shrubs grown from cuttings from a fragrant shrub. I told the store owner how they turned out. She said she knew about the problem, and the ones she sold came from a nursery where they were started from seed. Cindee, if yours is sweetly fragrant, you could make $ by selling us rooted cuttings! I would buy several myself.

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cindee Cindee Cindee !!!!
I saw the gargoyle and wow ! I wish I could find some like those ones !!
I love your roses .. and I can't even imagine gardening in a zone 9? girl I think I would drive myself into the ground trying so hard to grow everything ?? LOL
Great pictures .. and what a nest !!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Cindee--double delight is one of my very favorite roses! I love all the pictures you post! You always have the most intersting gardening delights!

cindee said...

Hi flowrgirl1,
Oh how cute. I love hearing the babies chirp to their parents(-: I love this time of the year(-:

Hi Hocking Hills Gardener,
It is a strange nest. The funniest part is when the bird gets inside it stretches to fit her! It is like a knited sock! She also used hay bale twine. I looked again at it this morning(-:

Hi Tina,
Oh no the pool water would probably set it back. I don't think it would kill it though. I think the calycanthus smells just like wine. As it ages it smells A person could get drunk smelling it...(-:

Hi Brenda,
I emailed you but I made the little signature thing. I saw Hocking Hill Gardeners and I really wanted to have one too(-:

Hi Barbee,
OMGosh I have several of those plants coming up all over the place. They send out runners. The mother plant came from my great aunts garden about 20 years ago! I would be glad to send you some rooted starts if you want.

Hi Joy!
I went to the 99 cent store to buy some more and they were all sold out at least I didn't see any. I have to ask my daughter where she got them(-:

Hi Meadowview Thymes,
Thanks! I love roses. I am anxious to see my other roses bloom.(-:

Debi said...

Cindee dear,
LOVE those roses!! I don't do well with them.. I only have one :( But yours are all beautiful!! Your nest is wonderful, show us pics of the babies please!
I hope your having a wonderful day dear. And thank you for your blessed words the other day!

Barbee' said...

Cindee, I am sooooo excited about the prospects. My large bank needs things with runners to keep the dirt from washing downhill. I will send you an e-mail so we can work this out. Thank you ever so much! It sounds perfect.

flowergardengirl said...

I have smelled that Calycanthus and it is a wonderful scent. I think it was one of the favored blooms used in posies of past. It camouflaged the lack of deodorants.

cindee said...

Hi flowergardengirl,
It is an interesting flower. Nothing else like it in my garden.

WiseAcre said...

Ya got to give that bird credit. Not only did it build to specs it added color.

I don't smell too good but the Calycanthus color is something I can appreciate.

(go ahead - I gave you a good straight line - you take the punch line)

Kathleen said...

Your garden must be really pretty right now if you have roses, clematis and that gorgeous calycanthus blooming. I'm still waiting for tulips!! We have Bullocks Orioles here too but they haven't arrived yet this year. I usually put feeders out for them and they visit often but never have built a nest in my yard. So cool they did that in yours.
I also wanted to thank you for the advice you left me about my new pond. I will definitely consider the cleaning aspect when I plant around it now!

cindee said...

Hi WiseAcre,
I am sorry you don't "smell to good" The old saying take a shower once a week whether you need one or not might not apply to you. You probably should shower more then once a week! Especially since you work so hard carrying those enormous rocks! All that sweat...I can't imagine!(-:

Hi Kathleen,
I have four "ponds" in my garden. I am constantly cleaning them out and I know how hard it can be to have to work around plants!!! Even though it looks nice to have them there(-: I try to go with something that won't mind walking on in the process(-: Water features are so fun and it is always worth the effort it takes to keep them looking good!!!

Jenns Three Graces said...

Cindee - Your blog always seem to blossom as your flowers grow - lovely! You're an artist! Jennifer

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