The Roses Are Gone

We missed most of the full blooming roses this year.  But, we were able to enjoy the buds and some of the full flowers.  The fragrance was nothing short of heavenly in the back yard.

The alpine strawberries have been sprouting nicely.  But, something is eating the tender little sprouts.  Originally, we saw a few dozen sprouts.  Now, we’re down to just a tiny handful.  We’re hoping some will make it through the summer.  If they don’t make it, I think I’ll plant another rosemary in the far corner.  And, we’ll let the blackberries slowly fill in the rest of the space.  We also found a tiny patch of wild strawberries growing along the fence line.  The handful of berries that we’ve seen are very very tiny.  If the Alpine strawberries make it, they should actually be slightly bigger than the wild berries.

After dinner this weekend, we’ll each be sipping one of these (in lieu of dessert).

Current Favorite Late Night Cocktail:

The Revolver
makes 2

4 ounces bourbon (or rye)
1 generous ounce of Tia Maria
two splash of orange bitters
two pieces of orange zest, no pith

Combine bourbon, Tia Maria and orange bitters in a mixing glass with ice.  Stir to combine.  Divide between two chilled rocks glasses.


At the corner of the wall, you can see a dark green blueberry bush and some of the blackberries sprouting over the planter boxes.  This location works well.  The shade of the trees keeps the blackberries from taking over.  We just nip anything that hangs over the wall.

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