Yellow Rose Buds

Today has been a very long day, so will just share some pictures of yellow rose buds from my rose garden.

yellow rose bud, st. patrick rose, rose garden, springThese are not just ordinary yellow roses. These are St. Patrick roses. You can see the green tinge to the petals.

rose bud, st. patrick rose, yellow rose, green roseI have been watching for these roses to open up. They can be so slow when you are waiting for the first blossoms of the season.

yellow rose bud, st. Patrick rose, rose budsThis one is starting to open up a bit.

rose bud or rose bloom, st. patrick roseThis one is open even more. I am actually wondering when does it transition from being a rose bud to a rose bloom. Perhaps these should already be called blooms.

yellow rose bud, opening bud, St. Patrick budI checked a few dictionary definitions for rose bud and here is one that I like:

A rosebud is a young rose whose petals have not yet opened out fully.

The petals have not opened fully, so these are all still rose buds.

St. Patrick Roses, November Roses, Yellow RosesI will not keep you too much in suspense as to what the roses looks like when they are open. Here are some St. Patrick roses from the end of a past season.

I hope you enjoyed these beautiful rose buds.



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An Old Wall at Lachish

Those of you who follow my blog know that I have spent parts of two seasons at an archaeological dig at Lachish.

Today there was news of one of the discoveries that was made during the time we were digging there.

Lachish, Haaretz, Wall, Judah

Photo by Emil Aladjem from

The first article that I saw today was from Haaertz. The picture above is from the article.

Did the Kingdom of David Exist? New Wall in Southern Israel Reignites Debate

There was also an article in the Times of Israel:

Archaeologist: Thick Wall found at Lachish Indicates King Solomon’s Son Built It

Both of these articles are full of information about the wall and what it means.

You may noticed that my title is An Old Wall at Lachish. This is because it is from the time of King Rehoboam, so it is very old. However, it is a wall at Lachish that had not been discovered or documented in earlier digs.

Lachish, Wall, Korean Squares, JudahWhen I was at the site the wall was not fully uncovered as in the first picture, but I was able to see the wall and stand on it. We knew that olive pits had been submitted for dating and that there was a good possibility that the dates would come back from the time of Rehoboam. It takes time for all the research that goes into announcing discoveries, but it is always cool when something is announced that has a personal connection.

I did get to do a little bit of work in this part of the dig, but we were mainly working in other areas at Lachish.

Tel Lachish, Wall, Dump Structure, Rehoboam Wall, ArchaeologyOn the last day of our time at the dig in 2016 I took a few pictures from the bus as we pulled away from the site. In this picture you can barely see the wooden dump structure. Look just to the left of the center on the down slope.

However, you can clearly see the remains of the stone dump structure from the First Expedition to Lachish. It is at the upper right.

Lachish, Wall Squares, Rehoboam Wall, ArchaeologyHere is another view of the area where the wall was being excavated. You can see that it is a little bit down the slope of the tell.

Biblical Lachish, David Ussushkin, Lachish, Dig, ArchaeologyOn the cover of the book Biblical Lachish: A Tale of Construction, Destruction, Excavation and Restoration by David Ussishkin there is a good picture of the side of the tell where the wall was excavated.

This year I will again return to Israel for an archaeological dig. I will spend two weeks at a site near Lachish where we will again be searching for more information about this time period in history.  See: Upcoming Wanderings II


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