Sweet Peas Part 4– Volunteers
Rose of the Week– 'Jennifer'

A Friend's Inspiration


Who’d have thought a serious rose gardener (me) would be pushing paper roses? My Florali paper rose sits on a counter in my office and gives me endless pleasure. It’s a little work of art – a sculpture.

Recently, the paper rose maker, Susan Donley, blogged images of her new map roses, with the most beautiful quotes. I asked her if I could pass them on to you.

John Muir


This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on seas and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.  John Muir

Carl Sagan


At a few hundred kilometers altitude, the Earth fills half your sky, and the band of blue that stretches from A Mindanao to Bombay, which your eye encompasses in a single glance, can break your heart with its beauty. Home you think. Home. This is my world. This is where I come from. Everyone I know,
everyone I ever heard of, grew up down there, under that relentless and exquisite blue.
 ~Carl Sagan

A Gift


Susan made the rose above from a USGS section map. The map pinpoints the location of a cabin she and her husband, Tim, stayed in recently in the Trinity Mountains, near Weaverville, CA. The rose was a parting gift to the cabin’s owners.