Monday, November 7, 2011


Not the actual surprise flowers, there wasn't time to take a photo.  These are some from last year
Do you know what is better than getting a suprise - giving a surprise!

My garden is bursting with roses.  They have been teasing me with buds for weeks but the last few days of hot weather (I have a feeling it is going to be a long hot summer) has coaxed them out en mass.  One of the brilliant things about roses is that cutting them actually encourages more flowers, so I love to fill my house and those of my family with them.

My parents were away this weekend and I knew that they would arrive home this afternoon to a hot, shut up house.  So this morning, I got up early enough to pick a large bunch of gorgeous fresh roses, head over to their house and open it up so that it would be cool, fresh and fragrant when they arrived home.

Of course the art of the surprise is keeping it, which should be easy, except that for various reasons I spoke to my parents multiple times throughout the day.  However I did manage to resist spilling the beans which meant they could come home to a lovely suprise.  Well the flowers were a lovely surprise, unfortunately I'd put the airconditioning on too low and managed to freeze them - I guess it is the thought that counts!


  1. Please don't say it's going to be a long hot summer. I'm hoping for a short moderate one!

    What a lovely idea for your parents though - and I'm so impressed you grow your own roses. They would have been beautiful to return to.

  2. Oh, aren't you the loveliest daughter! Ooops about the frozen petals though :P My grandpa grows amazing, amazing roses, many with the most intoxicating perfumes imaginable. I bet you and he would get along marvelously :)

  3. Aw, what a sweet, thoughtful surprise - I bet they'll love it!

  4. Kari - I'm sorry to say it, but I think lots of hot is in store. A week of high 20 degrees this early in November kind of makes me think that there are going to be lots of posts about air conditioning, shade and icy poles in the near future.

    Hannah - My roses came with the house! Luckily they seem to have been planted in a good spot and I do seem to have a bit of a knack with them because they have grown really well in the 5 years I've had them. I couldn't imagine not having roses in the garden now.

    Megan - other than freezing them with the air conditioning on too cold, yes my parents were very happy.