Monthly Archives: May 2016

Overheated Roses

The weather has been very hot for the last few days and my roses have suffered.

Today as I drove home from work the temperature was up to 104 degrees. Even now at 11:00pm the temperature is still hovering around 80 degrees. Hopefully I will be able to open the windows before I go to bed.

Tropicana Roses, Hybrid Roses, Heat Damaged Blooms, HotMy Tropicana rose bush has the most heat damage as it gets the most sun of all of my rose bushes.

Heat Damage, Rose Bloom, Tropican, Hybrid TeeHere you can see the damage a little better. The edges of the petals are all wilted.

I am used to seeing my St. Patrick rose blooms dry out, but not the Tropicana.

See: Drought Dried Rose Blooms

Pink Floribunda, Pink Roses, Dried out RosesHere are the blooms on my pink floribunda. They usually dry out like this, but not as fast as they have this weekend. The more color you see in the dried out bloom, the faster the drying process has been.

Dried out rose petals, Mr. Lincoln Rose, Hot WeatherThe blooms on my Mister Lincoln Rose bush have also been drying out quickly. You can click onĀ  A Very Long Saturday to see what the blooms on the bush looked like just a few days ago.

Mister Lincoln Rose, Dried out rose blooms, dried petalsHere is another dried out bloom from the Mister Lincoln Rose. Usually the petals will almost all fall off before they dry out. I have not seen one with this many petals when it has dried out.

I have increased the watering time for my roses by a couple minutes so hopefully they will better stand up to the heat over the next week. We can only water three days a week, which makes it hard to keep them hydrated.

However, even though the roses are dried out they still have a certain type of beauty.



Memorial Day at the Cemetery

This morning I got up early so that I could go to the local cemetery and observe the Memorial Day ceremonies that are held each year.

Tracy Cemetery, Large Flag, US Flag, Little Arlington, Memorial DayOne of the first things that I saw as I got near the cemetery was a large US flag hanging from the hook and ladder truck. After parking my car I was able to get a nice shot of the flag from across the section of the cemetery known as Little Arlington.

You will find another picture of Little Arlington in a post that I wrote three years ago titled: Memorial Day Observances

Memorial Day, Tracy, California, Tracy cemetery, Memorial Day observanceThe program for Memorial Day included prayers, presentation of colors, speeches, music from the community band, a patriotic poem, three volleys, Taps and the presentation of wreathes.

I was standing not far behind this U.S. Coast Guard veteran who had served in Vietnam.

I really like the large patch on the back of his vest as it is the essence of Memorial Day. We are to remember our Fallen Heroes.

The primary speaker was Bob Elliot who is a county supervisor and also a Special Forces Veteran. I was impressed with his speech about the importance of Memorial Day and how it is to honor those who gave their life for our freedom.

Memorial Day, Wreathes, Tracy, California, Cemetery, Unknow VeteranHere is a picture of the wreathes that were presented today. There were many different community groups, families and service organizations that presented wreathes to honor those who have lost their life in service to our country.

Unknown Veteran, Tracy California Cemetery, Memorial Day, Great SacrificeTo me this is a very interesting memorial stone. I have seen memorials to “An Unknown Soldier,” but never to “An Unknown Veteran of Past Conflicts.” In fact, I googled the phrase and the only hits were for this memorial.

However, as I think about it this makes sense. There are most likely many veterans buried in the cemetery who are not recognized by any marking on their gravestones. This memorial makes sure that none of them are left unrecognized.

The cemetery has at least two graves for Civil War veterans, but I would not be surprised if there are more who are not identified as many soldiers migrated to California after the conflict.

I hope that you took time today to Consider the Price that has been paid by those soldiers who gave their life in service to our country.