After knitting, gardening is my second favorite hobby. I love the healthy hard work, and I love the reward when a lovingly cared for plant comes into its full glory. This year’s particular combination of cool spring, healthy amounts of rain, and recent warmer days, has been precisely the right combination to bring out the best blooms I’ve ever seen on my climbing “blaze” rose-bush. I also received a lovely birthday present recently – a new telephoto/macro lens for my camera. (Thanks, Dad!) What a great lens – I can get detailed tight shots, and I don’t have to chase my subject around so much! So here are the new pics of my roses, and of course Lil One dancing under the garden like a little sprite with her select rose. Enjoy!