Ranch Life Slices of Life

An Excellent Ranch Morning

May 9, 2018
Wild Yellow Rose

It is 8:14 am and it has been a stellar morning here on the ranch. This may sound crazy to some of you but, those of us that love roses, especially old or antique roses are truly blessed. Here is why. This morning after the horses were fed and everybody is good on water (horses, cows, cats, dog), I was filling my watering can to take care of my new lavender plants and noticed this sweet wild yellow rose blooming by the water tank for the cows. It has made my day. What tenacity! We have had almost no moisture here all year. It was an incredibly dry winter. Just two dustings of snow. This spring we have had a trace of rain maybe 3 times. I am amazed at this little rose. How has it survived and even bloomed? Is it totally wild or did someone a very long time ago plant it or its predecessor?

yellow rose

Yellow Rose of New Mexico?

If there is anybody out there that has a clue as to what kind it might be, please let me know via the comments at the end of this post. The bloom is between an inch and an inch and a half. It is very thorny. Probably has to be to not be eaten by deer which I know come up and water at night. I see the tracks. Small leaves. I am wondering if I could take a cutting to propagate it.

So, there’s that. And then, I look up and see this little calf sticking its head through an opening in the gate. Now that’s just cute.


Now if my lavender plants will just start to take off. I have a long ugly history with lavender. Tried to grow it in almost every place we have lived with no luck. This spring I have planted 2 different kinds of the English variety since they are pretty cold hardy. Fingers crossed.

Buena Vista Lavender

Buena Vista Lavender.

So, there is my slice of Ranch Life for this morning. Hope y’all are having a great start to the day too.




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  • Ingrid May 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I loved this post! Your yellow rose of NM is a beauty! And your sweet calf, a cutie! Thanks for sharing your unique life with us!

    • Floskitchen.blog May 10, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post.

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