Here is my first rose, an old-fashioned variety with a French woman's name that I don't recall. It grows up along the rail of our back deck.
We walked around the neighborhood today. Lots of other roses were blooming. All the new houses in the Heritage section have the same pink rose bush by their mailboxes. I think it is called a non-stop rose.
On the street near the pond, I spotted this very muddy turtle by the curb. I'm pretty sure it is a snapping turtle, because they have jagged edges on the back of their shells. I decided I would try to move him off the street if he was still there on the return trip. He wasn't. (Relief! Have you heard the folk legend that if a snapping turtle bites you, he won't let go until it thunders?)
Here is another unusual site on this morning's walk. I think the firemen might have been practicing with a new aerial truck. Or they wanted a coffee break with a view. They were on a new street with just a few houses that are occupied.
One reason I have been leaving the neighborhood lately for our morning walks is because of all the new construction. The recession is not affecting the growth north of Raleigh.
This is the entrance to the Heritage neighborhood across Rogers Road from my street. I saw them building one of those stone columns one day. All cinder block with a stone facade.
Back at Chez McBrayer, I am pleased with the restful look of our back yard. Nothing like azalea time!