Wednesday, June 24, 2015

How to start your own roses from cuttings...


Hello ladies!...  hope you all are enjoying a beautiful Summer...  I know I have been away from blogging for some time now...  I am trying to catch up with you all... many of you have been with me since the beginning of Idyllhours way back in June of 2009...  I appreciate all of you so very much who visit and take the time to comment...  trying to visit everyone back as well... these days, I am mainly on Instagram, which I am loving...  for me, it reminds me more of the way things were when I was a little girl...  I have posted before about my mama and her best friends (who were our neighbors as well) who would come to our house for morning coffee each day... mama would have something yummy for them to eat that she had baked... and they would catch up with each other on the latest news...  not a gossip session mind you...  just three best friends...  chatting away about their gardens, their children...  a new recipe perhaps...  everyday simple country pleasures...  before they got busy with their daily housework, errands, shopping, etc.... I loved hearing their laughter as they greeted each beautiful new day this way...  this is how I am feeling on Instagram...  and they way blogging used to be for me...  until it seems things changed and it became a competition of sorts, almost commercialized by some... (certainly not all)...  along with some not nice comments I started receiving...  as well as the guy who "stole" ALL of my photos and was offering them on his website (not even a blog) as free downloadable wallpaper... with no link to me at all...  I have shied away from blogging quite a bit... (still that shy little girl I suppose)...  anyway!...


Most of you who have followed me (Merci!) have seen my posts numerous times about my "secret spot"...  the little old (now abandoned)  store I went to as a child... and the stunning red roses that grow there... wild and free...   and my story of taking little cuttings to start in my own garden...  you can read my original post here "A Hauntingly Beautiful Passion" that I wrote way back when...

   My secret spot 

Several of my friends on Instagram have asked that I share my secret on how to start your own roses from cuttings... so here you go beautiful Sandi at Bluebird Cottage, Jane at Blondie's Journal  and El at Madeleine L'Amour... this is the way my mama started all of her stunning roses... and her mama (my grandmother) before her...  it's so easy... let me show you how... first off...  take a cutting from the rose you want to start...  I usually take about an 8 inch cutting...  make sure you snip it just above a five leaf foliage... I put my cuttings in water while I am getting the rest ready...


Next, strip the stem bare of all leaves and flowers... 


Then cut the stem at the bottom at a diagonal...


It will look like this...


Next, dig a little hole about 2 inches deep... then fill with water... 

When the water has settled, position the rose stem in it, covering it with the two inches of soil you took out... 


 Water it well and tamp down the soil around it... 


Place a clean glass (not plastic) jar over it...  I use one of my canning jars...  and kind of screw it into the ground so the wind does not blow it off...  once the jar is on, you only need to water around the edges of the jar, do not remove the jar for now...


Depending on where you live, in about two weeks, you should begin to see tiny new growth appearing on the stem!... still do not remove the jar (unless you are too excited and want to take a peek like me!), then put it right back on...  this creates a mini greenhouse for your soon to be rose... I have started many roses this way from cuttings from family and friends...  my favorite being my precious red roses... here they are this Summer...  all from that tiny little cutting I started from my secret spot...  (I leave my jars on the whole rest of the season and over the winter to protect it... put a large enough jar over it for the new leaves that will grow to have room...  I usually try about five cuttings of the same rose at a time, as not all will take root)...



Sprinkle gently with a handful of wishes... an angels kiss... and love...  then sit back and daydream about the beautiful bouquets you will be blessed with...  


Would love to hear from you if you try this...  also, you can always visit me on Instagram whether you are a member or not...  the link is on my sidebar...  as well as my email on my sidebar... please drop me an email if you have any questions...  love you all...  Happy Summer everyone!...  xoxo...  Julie Marie




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The gypsy in me...



Hello dear friends...  I have not been on my blog much at all for some time...  I have had some health issues this Spring, as has my precious Princess Tess...  I have posted a pic from time to time on Instagram as so many of you are there too, but I do not want to lose touch with my dear blogging friends and am trying to catch up...


I celebrated my 66th birthday on May 13th... and yes all of you twenty and thirty somethings, life is still good!...  age is just a number to me... and I hope it is to you as well...  as I was cleaning out and sorting things in my closet, I piled things into a chair...  they looked so pretty there, I took a photo...  seems these days, alot of Boho~gypsy things are gaining popularity...  I have always been a free spirt...  a "gypsy" so to speak, and when I looked at my clothes and shoes, etc. many of which I have had for years...  I knew indeed I have the soul of  a gypsy!... since I was growing up in the 60's, I have many many things I have saved (yes, I am a saver, a collector, a keeper...  not a hoarder...  there IS a difference!)... that were from that hippie~Boho era that have always filled our home... which has always been filled with color... now I love the riot of color that is showing up everywhere...  it makes me happy to see all of the gorgeous hues... in magazines, books, blogs... etc...  and know that you can mix and create your own style of Boho happiness... and no two homes will ever look alike... eclectic decorating at it's finest!... the older I get the more peace, calm, happiness and serenity I seek and am finding... feeling like that little girl once more who was in awe of the gypsies we would see in downtown Salt Lake City when our family would go there to shop the beautiful department stores on the weekends... the gypsy women in their vibrant skirts and silken scarves...  wearing dangly earrings and colorful bracelets jangling on their wrists... a mischievous twinkle in their eyes...    are you a gypsy spirt like me?...  xoxo...