The most beautiful flowers in my courtyard are the roses.
They thrive in the sunshine, protected from the drying winds that blow across the Sonoma Mountains in Sonoma County, California.
It’s been a cool summer until the past few weeks. We are now into the 90′s tho the English roses are still blooming!
Today while gathering a bouquet of Eglantyne along with “Provence” lavender, I made friends with a huge mantis praying upon the lavender stems. She is there each year, growing larger with passing summers.
Now almost 6″ long, she turns her odd head to peer at me as I trim lavender stems the honey bees have passed by.
Next time I’ll share with you some of the other charming flowers that add to the courtyard’s merry mix.Perhaps I will find the glorious Ms. Mantis as well! I am sure she won’t mind posing for a photograph or five…
In order to make progress, there is only nature,
and the eye is turned through contact with her.
- Why I Love (and hate) English Roses (countrywomanpaints.com)