Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flashback Friday ~Rose Garden

Almost 7 years ago I flew out to Washington State from Louisiana for a job interview at MultiCare Health System...they offered and I took the job then moved across the country with the help of my parents driving a U-Haul truck. I've learned a lot in those 7 years and made some great friends..some of them the life long type. The time has come for me to spread my wings a little bit and I've taken a new position down the street at a competitor hospital.

There will be many people and things I'll miss, including the beautiful grounds. Not that I can't come back from time to time to enjoy it as a visitor! So I thought it was fitting to flash back to 2006 when I took a little photo tour of the rose garden.

A generous benefactor has ensured these gardens will flourish for a very long time

Every year new things are added, and they are given extremely good care by a head groundskeeper that is iconic in these parts.

I'm not sure of the exact amount but there are I think are nearing 200 varieties of roses, some in mass plantings like these Chihuly roses which live up to their flamboyant namesake.

The variety is incredible and it was the first place I've seen some of the rose forms outside of catalogs. I love the many petaled cabbage styled ones

The english style is something I never saw growing down south

So full and ruffly

Many are soft pastels, but some are vibrant like this incredibly bright pinkish purple

The more simple styled varieties too....but oh so elegant!

I love the shade of this yellow one

And the perfection of this pink one

There are plenty of minis as well as roses grown in tree form

Some gorgeous climbers. I think this one might be Don Juan

This is such a beautiful if not a little gaudy rose that I'd like to have in my own garden

But I'd sure settle for a classic red too!

In addition to roses there is some outstanding perennial borders

Which I greatly appreciate but most people overlook. They are a little overshadowed by the spectacle of roses!

Thanks MultiCare for sharing your gardens with me and the families that have sick loved ones. I'll be back to see you soon :-)

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Carol at Serendipity said...

The roses are just stunning and your photography is amazing. Good luck with your new job.


The Gourmet On A Diet said...

Amazing. I'm hoping to grow peach-colored roses this summer...first time ever. Wish me luck!

Marsha said...

The rose photos are just amazing! Those cabbage type roses do not grow around here either (unless extreme measures are taken) so I am always taken with their beauty. I do LOVE the one you called gaudy - oh heck I love them all :)

Great photos and yes I hope you can visit the gardens with your camera this summer too. On this day the lighting was just gorgeous.

Maggie B said...

Such beautiful roses, I loe the plae peach coloured frilly ones, they're gorgeous.
Good Luck in your new job.

Mimi said...

Congrats on the new job! I can always count on your blog to have lots of beautiful flowers...the roses are just gorgeous.

Foley said...

Spectacular place to spend a few hours taking in the aroma and beauty! They are gorgeous, and I'm sure you will be visiting them from time to time.

Good Luck on the new job - they are very lucky to get you!

Dishesdone said...

The roses are beautiful! A really beautiful flashback, but good luck in moving ahead to your new position at your new job! They are very lucky to have you! I hope you get to walk through the roses again, but I really hope you get to go back to that really cool market!

Best wishes, kiddo :)

Jeanette said...

Stunning, amazing, just beautiful.

Kathleen said...

That is very uplifting to this winter weary soul
White, white wherever I look and more on the way..
I know you will get back to see the gardens..good luck and much happiness in your new position. You will bring sunshine with you!

Cynthia said...

Suzy, I don't remember ever seeing these pictures; I love them. How wonderful that a benefactor left resources for the garden and its support. I've never heard of a Chihuly rose; it's lovely.

I have no doubt that in addition to visiting the Mulitcare garden, you'll find new gardens, friends, interesting businesses, etc. around your new locale. How exciting!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I remember when you shared this tour at GBs! It's a lovely place but you have a beautiful garden at home and a wonderful new job to look forward to also. You could always plant some more roses at home ;)

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