The peachy gold one (never enough peachy roses!) in the next to last photo is my favorite of the new varieties I planted this year, Crown Princess Margareta. What a gem! There is such a spectrum of bloom colors on this girl. There are so many variations in color on all the plants, really, depending on time of year, heat, water, etc (see that pair of dark & pale pink buds above.)
I've really loved watering them, weeding them, pruning, etc. lately. Those are all kind of terrible tasks (especially if it's too hot) but I'm comforted by the meditation of them.
It's a good break from working inside, from thinking and planning and sketching and painting. I've realized that my breaks are often comprised of other kinds of work (gardening, sewing, etc.) and that's just how it shakes out. Maybe it's because my work-work can be done lost in my mind, nestled into a couch, listening to podcasts or watching Netflix, so weeding or ironing or pressing a sewing machine pedal really is its own kind of break. Tasks with beginnings and endings you can see in an hour, in an afternoon.
This is turning into a ramble, when all I really wanted to say is: the flower channel continues!