What a way to start summer! My budding new garden has turned into a beautiful (and bountiful) view. Although this last round of heat has scorched the blooms, there are more on the way. With the heat wave and the treated water shortage in Longview, hopefully my garden will be back up and gorgeous soon enough.
This year, I finally got to participate in some in person festival activities. In early June, I was able to represent the Rose Society with my sister Laura, as we went to Wenatchee for the Apple Blossom Festival. I got to participate in four rose plantings, honoring the 2020 and 2021 Apple Blossom and Appalarian officials. As someone who has only been to Wenatchee as a young child, it was wonderful to experience the city, the festival, and the camaraderie of each festival represented.
A week later, I had the honor of being knighted by Queen Anya in a ceremony by the Royal Rosarians. If you’d like to, you may now refer me to Dame Emily Rose Hastings, knighted under the rose Louise Estes. This set off a chain of events including the coronation of Queen Lilianna Rosebrook, the installation of her plaque on the Queen’s Walk, and the Queen’s Garden Party. It was a lovely day up at the Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.
Just this last weekend, on the hottest weekend of the year in history, I went down to the Tillamook Dairy Days Rose Planting and Parade. We honored the 2021 Tillamook Dairy Days Princess with a rose planting in the Pioneer Museum Rose Garden. After a delightful parade, I continued on a coast adventure to stay cool.
The rest of this summer will be filled with pleasantness, I’m sure. On July 24th, we will have an honorary rose planting for each of our three organization leaders Dave Todd, Korrie Heockendorf, and myself. If you would like to attend, we anticipate starting at Dave’s home, proceeding to mine, and then on to Korrie’s. Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for addresses and times.
Since we are not having an August Family Picnic, we will vote on the new slate of officers during our October meeting and install them at our November meeting. I look forward to seeing you all virtually in October, if not before in July!
Blijf Veilig! ~Emily