Happiness is cross stitching blog

Roses, lettuce, a shawl and some cross stitch.

I love this time of year, simply because I love the roses blooming in my garden, they are such beautiful flowers and are my absolute favourite flower.

This is one of my recent rose purchases and I was excited to see the first blooms, they are so beautiful, I could sit and look at them all day!

I am not so keen on the name of this rose but I simply could not resist the deep crimson blooms that are beautifully formed, I also like the repeat flowering habit as I wanted to cut them for displays inside my home. 
You can see more detail about this rose on David Austin’s website, this is not a sponsored post I simply love David Austin roses!
My next purchase this year was this gorgeous pink rose called  The Generous Gardener.
The soft pale pink of this rose with its very delicate petals simply takes my breath away! I will take more photographs next week when they are in full bloom.
You can see more details here
I love how healthy the leaves look.
I can give a tip here, always water from the roots not over the leaves, I read that somewhere and it was the best tip for healthy roses. 
I do have another rose named after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine and William but it has not flowered yet, the roses are white and will look beautiful  in a floral display with my new collection of roses, can’t wait!  
My next little surprise this week was a glimpse of my home grown lettuce, I was so thrilled it looked so healthy, I have cut some as you can see but apparently it is called “cut and come again lettuce”, you cut it and then it grows back!
I am looking forward to making a  nice fresh salad with it this week.        
I finished stitching July mini cat, I should get that finished into 
a little pillow soon. 
Here is a sneak peek at a mini cat cross stitch design I am currently working on, this will be a Craftsy exclusive available in my Craftsy store soon
You can now see this finished at this post
And finally……..
remember I made a pretty pink shawl in a previous post, well, I decided to start another, this time in a beige sort of mink colour, it is nearly finished, I will post a photo when it is completed.  
I hope you enjoyed your trip around my garden, until next time……
Happy Stitching!

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. June 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Your garden is coming along nicely. Cute July kitty.

  2. June 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Lynn: Your roses are positively beautiful.


  3. June 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    I love the roses; if you ever get a chance, go to the David Austin Rose Garden/store in TX….it is amazing.

  4. June 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Stunning post – love the roses, the lettuce, cross stitch and knitting. That shawl is to die for! Lynn, you never cease to amaze me!

  5. June 25, 2015 / 7:01 am

    Gorgeous roses! I love growing vegetables,including lettuce. So nice to have.

  6. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Love your roses…they are so beautiful. Obviously you have a green thumb. Your shawl is so elegant…perfect for a summer evening. Your July mini cat is really cute too.

  7. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Love, love your roses. Your cross stitch projects are so cute. Love them as well. Thank you for sharing.

  8. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Your roses are beautiful, Lynn!

  9. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    I love your roses and they will make a beautiful bouquet. I so enjoy bringing in cut flowers from spring until fall. It makes my house happy. Your stitching and shawl look great. I hope you'll share with us your Duke and Duchess rose once it blooms.

  10. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    and your roses certainly look like peonies, they are so full and very large…pretty indeed. and your shawl and stitching is wonderful….and noted your lovely lettuce..nothing better than eating from your garden..

  11. June 25, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Beautiful roses – they're my favorite, too. I love your July pattern! And I love strawberries…can hardly wait for you to reveal the pattern.

  12. Anonymous
    June 26, 2015 / 6:11 am

    Quel magnifique jardin, vos roses sont superbes ! Quelle chance de pouvoir cultiver ses propres salades ! J'ai hâte de voir votre châle terminé, vous avez de nombreux talents !!

  13. June 26, 2015 / 6:11 am

    David Austin roses are my favorites too. Yours are looking extremely healthy and lovely. My roses had their first flush early this year, so we're now going on to the next bloom. Happy gardening!

  14. June 30, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Hi Lynne Your roses look beautiful it must be so relaxing to be in the garden.
    Your mini cat series are lovely, I have not had time to stitch all yet I have been crocheting a shawl and other projects.
    Best wishes
    Julie.C x

  15. June 30, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    beautiful blooms! Thanks for sharing these wonderful blossoms from your garden:)

  16. June 30, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Such gorgeous roses, Lynn–and the same can be said about your lovely shawl… So delicate and soft looking. Your kitties just keep getting cuter and cuter–thank you for all the hard work you put into designing them for us each month 🙂

  17. July 1, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    There is something quite special about the first rose blooms of the year 🙂 I see what you mean about the name of the first rose but the colour is gorgeous, I'm loving the generous gardener rose too, what a sweet name.

    And of my, that shawl, the wool looks so soft, I'm sure it will be beautiful once it's all finished x x x

  18. July 13, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    What gorgeous flowers. I love this time of year too. your lettuce look perfect for my supper.

  19. July 13, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Gorgeous bloom and lettuce would definitely make a great serving for dinner.

    Looking forward to you finishing the July Kitty.
    Fabulous shawl just like the first one, I am so inspired that I started mine.

    Have a good weekend