Roses were looking a little bedraggled this morning on account of the rain.

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I admit when I started this syrup project I was thinking there was no way I was ever going to find enough roses to make a difference without stripping plants completely, which I’m not willing to do.

As I was walking thru the woods with Ted on our walk, I was stopping to pluck a petal from the flowers I saw here and there, thanking each plant and generally feeling grateful. Then I looked up and saw a branch of the path lined on each sides by flowering rosebushes!

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They were guarded by fearsome mosquitoes, but there they were in profusion.

It will still take a few more trips to gather enough petals, but I no longer fear not finding them.

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Petals drying.

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