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Roses – 25 May 2006

Early this beautiful spring morning I went outdoors to do some yard work. One of the roses of the wild rose bush known as Rosa rugosa was open. As I leaned over to smell this fragrant flower, I thought of the popular saying – “Take time to smell the roses.”

The buds on the iris stalks looked like they should be opening soon, and here and there a buttercup greeted me. On the lakeshore, wild mint is making its annual appearance. It is fun to see familiar plants, as well as the occasional new discovery, growing in our yard.

For photos and descriptions of flowering trees, bushes, and shrubs growing in this area, see: 

For more about American (or wild) mint, as well as photos, see: 

For more on other wildflowers growing in this area, see: 

"Joyful Curmudgeon"
An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

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