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When Cats Watch Birds-Most Beloved Takes a Decidedly Melancholy Drift

Glorious spring, Gardens at Effingham

From the Journals of Most Beloved- Spring Journals

A mid-spring’s day, a perfect day, a day neither hot nor cold; exactly as I like it

Watching birds. 

Robin. 2 mourning doves. A small song sparrow. Courtship of the mourning doves. Choosing a nesting spot. The intentional delivery of a well-chosen site, one safe and out of harm’s way, one forever lost to who I am now. 

I do not know if I will ever not feel this guilt. It ebbs, wanes, passes. I reconcile, cry, write, despair, and yet to this end, can do nothing to change what will always be my past. I love that there are teeny tiny little song birds up high on the walnut tree. I love that these walnut trees, pesky as they might be, stand noble and strong, hosts to birds, squirrels, and ugh, a hawk who hunts our birds. 

I welcome spring, knowing never how many I can count—springs, sunny skies, bird songs, clickety-clackety drilling of our woodpeckers.

And so I sing a little song to myself, a melody that haunts no one save me this little song of myself:

And so I sing a little song to myself

Le Printemps

Le printemps, le printemps 
C'est très joli le printemps 
If only, if only I could be someone else. 
A bird perhaps or mere feather caught on wings 
Without bow and arrow always piercing the wind 
Caught somewhere between flight's lift and life's fall 
If only, If only fate hadn't taken my heart    
Most Beloved, Gardens at Effingham

Most Affectionately Yours,

Most Beloved

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Happy Spring and Artful Blooms! A Poem by the Cat

Celebration in Spring Blooms

-by Most Beloved

The serviceberries opened their white blossoms this week.
 
A gentle breeze scatters their petals and airborne,
 
they sift and drift down, 
joy in their flight,
 
celebration in their journey.

White flowering Star Magnolia photographed at Gardens at Effingham
Flowering Star Magnolia
Gorgeous pink blossoms on crabapple tree, Gardens at Effingham
Flowering Crabapple
Profuse peach-colored flowering quince in spring at Gardens at Effingham
Flowering Quince
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A Mother’s Day to Remember–Cali Cat Has Kittens

A glorious May Mother’s Day, replete with brilliant blue skies and wisps of sun-drenched clouds, became gardens requiring enormous clean-up once the storm had passed. We had walked in the mid-afternoon, savoring the sun and remarking on the cerulean blue sky. But we had no longer returned home before the skies grew dark and the birds stopped singing. The sky erupted in rains whipping sideways on gusts of high winds.

The peony bushes whipped this way and that, turbulent skies covered the gardens in darkness, and hard rain quickly transformed most of our young gardens to mush. Early flowering bushes cowered to the ground. Spring flowers (daffodils, tulips, hyacinths) toppled over.

And while unbeknownst to us at the time, Cali Cat was birthing her kittens in the peonies’ gardens. Yes, when the storm was fiercest. Yes, when the peonies whipped this way and that. Yes, when on what seemed an idyllic day, a harsh storm decided to unleash its fury. Early May ushered in particularly harsh weather this year, and great gusts of winds blew in heavy downpours of rain. Poor Cali, a first time mama cat, delivered her kittens in an sheltered area of the gardens in the suddenness of the storm.

Cali’s Kittens (Double Dipped is one of Cali’s kittens)

But Cali Cat knew instinctively to look for higher ground, a place to move her kittens where they would be protected from the storm. The storm ceased as suddenly as it had begun, and at this point, Cali left her tiny, eyes-tightly-shut kittens (three kittens in all) to seek more secure lodging. We could see the tiny kittens, huddled and rounding up and over one another, by looking out the window and casting our gaze directly down to where wet, soppy leaves, pulpy stems, and peony buds served as a canopy over the kittens. The kittens were wet, but also newly birthed.

Elm Tree, Storm Damage, Mother’s Day

And while the storm had passed for now, heavy rains began again to fall that evening. The next few days would bring drenching rains and more high winds, and as for Cali? She had already relocated her kittens once, trotting each tiny kitten, one at a time, by the scruff of the neck to beneath a shrub that was on higher ground. The storms persisted, day and night, three days consecutively, and Cali cat, ever the faithful mama cat albeit a young, first time mama cat, moved her kittens yet again.

We couldn’t find the kittens after she moved them from the shrub. She didn’t want us to. We’ve only seen Cali cat once since that fateful week during Mother’s Day, and even then, a good distance away. She’s moved on from the Gardens at Effingham, though the gardens will always remain imprinted with her memory. From the whimsical delight of her kitten-hood to the turbulent night she delivered her own kittens, Gardens at Effingham bore her love. I can still see her sitting atop the wall, looking out over the gardens as we tended the flowers. Cali cat lives on—just not at Gardens at Effingham anymore.

Cali Cat, Gardens at Effingham
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Literary Roses

English Roses inspired by literary works. From modern authors including Roald Dahl, Emily Brontë and Thomas Hard to the works of Shakespeare, Arcadia the Canterbury Tales, these rose varieties are are all named after inspiring literary classics.
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“A Literary Collection of English Roses”-Meet Emily Brontë(Ausearnshaw), An English Shrub Rose Bred by David Austin

Emily Brontë(Ausearnshaw) English Shrub Rose Bred By David Austin




From the November Journals of Most Beloved

Daddy Cat, Gardens at Effingham
Autumn in the Midwest. Somewhere between here and there.

November now-late fall, crunchy leaves, shades of muted yellows and browns, trees standing stark against this November gray.

In the midst of a dreary rain on a late fall afternoon, one must dream forward to an invincible spring, one where everywhere the gardens awaken. Only a glint of sun now and even that is fading. November days fall fast across skies sketched an infinite gray.

But come spring? At first glimpse of hope sustained, yellow and purple crocus awaken from their deep slumber. And roses? A veritable palette of ever-blooming pinks, reds, yellows will burst into bloom come June.

And roses always were my favorite. Especially these roses. David Austin roses? A Literary Collection of English Roses? Couldn’t be more perfect. How delightful to peruse the David Austin catalogue, savor the literary names, and see the photos of roses that accompany such formidable writers! Completely my cup of tea. Absolutely purrfect for this dismal drip, drip, drip weather. Off to read, perchance to nap.

Ever truly yours,

Most Beloved

A close up photo of Most Beloved, a white cat who journals about Gardens at Effingham.
From the Journals of Most Beloved, Gardens at Effingham

Literary Collection of English Roses

English Rose Varieties Inspired by Literary Classics

Our English rose varieties inspired by Literary classics Creating a rose is not dissimilar to writing a literary classic; both take patience, dedication and an innate understanding of the subject. A keen writer and poet, David Austin Snr. was a lover of literature spending many an hour among his beautiful roses with a good book. It is therefore not surprising that many of those beloved characters, tales and poems feature in our rose collection.

David Austin Blog, Literary Collection of English Roses
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Emily Brontë(Ausearnshaw) English Shrub Rose Bred By David Austin

Emily Brontë(Ausearnshaw) English Shrub Rose Bred By David Austin

I have not broken your heart – you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine.

Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

English Rose Varieties Inspired by Literary Classics

On Creating Roses-About David Austin

Creating a rose is not dissimilar to writing a literary classic; both take patience, dedication and an innate understanding of the subject. A keen writer and poet, David Austin Snr. was a lover of literature spending many an hour among his beautiful roses with a good book. It is therefore not surprising that many of those beloved characters, tales and poems feature in our rose collection.


David Austin Roses
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Lady of Shalott (Ausnyson) English Shrub Rose Bred By David Austin

Description of Emily Brontë English Shrub Rose

An exceptionally beautiful rose; the distinctive blooms are very neat and rather flat. Each bloom is a lovely soft pink, with a subtle apricot hue, the smaller central petals deepening to rich apricot and surrounding a button eye, which unfurls to reveal deep-set stamens. The strong Tea fragrance becomes more Old Rose, with delicious hints of lemon and grapefruit. It forms a bushy shrub with strong, healthy, upright growth.

David Austin Roses

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Origin of Its Literary Name

The Brontë Society asked us to name this rose to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of the novelist, Emily Brontë.Her much-loved novel, Wuthering Heights, was published in 1847, a year before her untimely death at the age of 30.It is a dark tale of passion and revenge, centered around the relationship between Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff.

David Austin Roses Emily Brontë English Shrub Rose

Characteristics of Emily Brontë

Color: Soft Pink Apricot Fading To Cream

Flowering: Repeat Flowering

Fragrance: Strong, Tea/Old Rose Bloom

Size: Large Family: English Shrub

Rose Size: Medium Shrub 4ft 3 1/2ft

Breeder: David Austin

Year of Introduction: 2018

Suitable for zones: Zones 5-11

Petal Count: 106 petals

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David Austin Roses – Bare root roses, Container roses, English Roses

Breeders of the English Roses. Specialist growers of old, shrub, species, climbing and modern roses.
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David Austin Roses | Garden Design

Discover gorgeous and profusely petaled flowers bred by British rose breeder David Austin.
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How to Prune Roses – Pruning in 8 Simple Steps | Garden Design

Discover how to easily trim your rose bushes. Find out when to cut back your roses and get 8 simple steps to follow. Includes tips on pruning hybrid teas, knockouts, and climbing roses.
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