Red Dirt Farm and Studio

Sharing kindness and joy through flowers and art

Today for lunch I had a pink lemonade margarita.

I believe the tequila gave me the fortitude to get out there with my camera and enjoy the last of the quickly fading roses.

I’m well thank you.

 However during my recovery the gardens marched on in stunning beauty, we think we have had the loveliest of blooms this year.

Fleeting and ever-changing there is still some beauty left to be loved by the camera.

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It is impossible to take close up photos of anything – ANY THING now and not have a cicada clinging to it.

Yup, we are smack dab right in the middle of the 17 year cycle.

Oh and have I mentioned the noise is deafening?

Well it is.


Don’t hate me – I plucked them off of these so I could get a few shots without their glowing orange eyes.

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Dear Canon EOS 60D how I have missed you so, could we please resume our affair?



It seems  like a life time ago now, but Mr. Cottage and I used to be test rose growers for Jackson and Perkins.

Sadly, years of neglect on our part have left most of the roses to revert to root-stock or have died.



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The tequila and the walk in the gardens with the camera did me a world of good.  Thanks for walking along with me.

 Dear blogging friends, I’m so slow to get back in the swing of reading and commenting on your wonderful blogs, I’ll be back soon.

See you later, Bye!


10 thoughts on “faded roses and my affair

  1. Glad you are on the mend and enjoying your camera. Lovely pics!


    1. Thank you sweetie!


  2. says:

    How did you get that Jackson & Perkins gig?


    1. It has been so long ago… but I think it was being in the right place at the right time. We had purchased so many roses from them, they contacted us and asked if we would like to participate. I think they need people in different regions and we just happen to be in the right place. Too bad we didn’t do a better job at it. We were simply too busy with other things at the time to keep up with it as we should have. I’d be willing to try again if given the opportunity.


  3. Good to see you out agatn.


    1. Heading your way soon! xoxok


  4. artsychicksw says:

    The flowers and your photos of them are gorgeous! I can’t grow anything garden-related so I’m so happy to enjoy yours. Glad you were able to get out and take some photos…that creativity is so important to healing, I think. I really, really love the photo of the pink flowers coming through the wood pieces…it just has a lovely feel to it and makes me feel good. Healing thoughts are still coming your way from here. Take good care.
    Peace to your heart, Sara


    1. Sara – It is interesting that the photo of the roses that you said is your favorite because – when we were married, I had lavender colored roses in my bouquet. I planted them in our garden over the years but they did not survive. Two years ago I came across a single lavender rose at the hardware store. I planted it on the purple post that holds the sign pointing to the studio. The trellis is a bright turquoise/aqua I love the color combo – it really sets it all off. As this rose ages, it fades from lavender to pink. I am happy to say, so far it is doing quite well.
      Thank you for continuing to wish me well.


  5. Winter Owls says:

    Stunning photographs Kim, I’m so pleased you felt well enough to get out with your camera even if it took a margarita! It’s hard to believe your lush garden is the same one you showed covered with snow!


  6. Such a joy to see you out taking your gorgeous photos again!


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