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Roses in Coastal Living

I guess that not everyone immediately thinks of roses when dreaming of a coastal lifestyle...however coastal gardens are one of the most important things about coastal far as I'm concerned!

A fabulous ruffled rose in a gorgeous apricot color was just as fragrant as beautiful.

Gardens should evoke a calmness within you which makes you instantly saunter through them just as a calm overtakes you when your toes hit the warm sand of a beach.  The beauty and aroma of a rose instantly relaxes and soothes your spirit, just as the smell of salt air washes away the troubles of your day.

The beautiful detailing on this garden bench was extremely charming

On my recent jaunt to Seattle my daughter, Elizabeth, took me to the Woodland Park Zoo's Rose Gardens; which I hadn't seen in more than a decade.  Seattle, with its moderate climate, is fortunate in having one of the finest rose growing environments in the world.  My coastal location shares this wonderful environment.

Elizabeth and I enjoying the sunshine, roses & our time together!

"The Rose Garden offers a splendid setting for flower lovers to stroll the grass pathways circulating through 2-1/2 acres of rose displays. The garden's extensive array of bush roses, hybrid teas, miniatures, climbers, tree roses, and All-America test varieties blends elegantly with the garden's formal architectural design to create a memorable showcase landscape. A total of 280 varieties and over 5,000 individual plants are a rose lovers paradise."  I must admit that I felt like I was in heaven on earth!

This gorgeous climbing rose swayed in the breezes with its 5" plus blooms.

Even though she experienced her first yellow jacket sting on our garden visit,  Elizabeth quickly recovered and enjoyed the garden views...   

Even the sidewalk which runs along the gardens are gorgeous!

A simple white rose is one of my favorite things in the world!

These bushes were covered with little tiny roses in a soft pink color.

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  1. beautiful garden ~ the pictures are lovely. :)

  2. Beautiful roses and pictures!! What a great way to spend the day!

  3. What a sweet photo of you and your daughter. Sounds like it was a wonderful day. I absolutely love the apricot color of the ruffled rose, it is gorgeous.

  4. Love the beautiful:)
    What a nice time you had with your daughter!

  5. Beautiful, makes me a little homesick. Point Defiance in Tacoma also has an incredible rose garden, have spent countless hours wandering the rose gardens there.

  6. Hi Sally! I've never been to the Pacific Northwest but the more I read your blog...the more I want to go there! What gorgeous gardens!!! I love all the blooms!!! And the pics of you and your daughter are beautiful too! Glad you had a good time. We have a similar garden area called Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua, NY. They, too, are beautiful in the summertime.

  7. I don't live on the coast. I'm in Chicago. And all my roses were eaten up by bugs this year! First year this happened! Boy am I bummed out. I'm armed with spray now. They can bloom until October, so I may save them yet.


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