There's a remnant of spring in the new yellow rose buds, a touch of summer in the white rose flower, and a bit of fall in the orange rosehips, all on the same branch of a rose.
If you look carefully, you'll see that there is also a praying mantis hanging from the rose, looking at me as I happily snapped pictures for the upcoming Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
What? The praying mantis is trying to tell me something? I wonder. Really? The praying mantis has a secret for me? Goodness gracious.
I stood there quietly. I listened. I learned. And when the mantis had finished, I thanked her, left her be and went on about my business.
provides directions, she also tells secrets. At least she tells secrets to those who are willing to stop and listen.
The secret is...
Garden fairies here! This secret is not one to be shared like the other ten gardening secrets Carol has already broadcast to the world on her blog. We are garden fairies. We know the mantis's secret. We will not let Carol share it. Sorry. No can do. We are garden fairies. We will remain steadfast and vigilant over this post. We will not let Carol so carelessly reveal a secret like this. Sorry, gardeners, there is nothing to see or read here. Go on about your gardening business and come back for bloom day. Move along now, don't dally. Honestly. Okay, fine, leave a comment to beg us to share the secret, but we are garden fairies. It will take several meetings and councils and much discussion before we could ever be coaxed into revealing something this big and we are garden fairies, we do not like meetings. We are garden fairies. We've said too much as it is.
Secret saved by Thorn Goblinfly,
Chief Scribe for the Garden Fairies at May Dreams Gardens