QUEEN ELIZABETH ROSE and A Tip Towards A Healthy You.

Queen Elizabeth was the first grandiflora rose, introduced in 1954, representing the best characteristics of its parent hybrid tea and floribunda rose. Winner of the AARS Award in 1955, the American Rose Society Gold Medal in 1960, Queen Elizabeth still ranks in the top 10 in popularity over the past 50 years. A classic rose, she was elected to the Rose Hall of Fame and deservedly so. Large trusses of blooms 3 ½” – 4” double on strong, straight stems, it has moderate fragrance and blooms continuously and profusely. The large flowers have lots of petals (35 petals) and are arranged individually or in clusters on the plant. They made great cut flowers. Color is clear, ranging from pale pink to rose or carmine, and is weatherproof in any climate. It has dark green, glossy foliage, very vigorous, and tall, about 4-6 feet or more and 3 feet wide. It likes to be tall, so do not prune drastically. It is winter hardy and very disease resistant. A climbing counterpart exists.

Queen Elizabeth at 3 yrs old – photo taken from my dining room window on the first floor.
Photo taken from the second floor window.

A year later – photo taken from my dining room window.
This is how tall Queen Elizabeth Climber has grown by its fourth year. My New York home has 7 steps to the first floor just to give you a perspective. The rose reaches the roof of my one-floor extension in back.

Grace Tedesco, an old friend from Oyster Bay, grew mostly Queen Elizabeth roses. She started with the mother plant that she said belonged to her mother. She had about 30 Queen Elizabeth roses in her garden, and she won the Grandiflora section of our rose show almost every year when she was alive. She passed away in 2012 at age 101, was married for 76 years, and exhibited Queen Elizabeth till she was 97. She fell that day picking up her roses for the rose show in 2007 and never seemed right afterward. I do miss her. She was a very good friend of mine who treated me like the daughter she never had. In Oyster Bay, where I lived, Grace was called the Rose Queen, and I was called the Rose Lady. I miss her and her constant advice that I should slow down

Well, Grace, I finally slow down and stop to smell the roses.

TIP OF THE DAY: Listen to classical music to calm you down. Close your eyes and just enjoy the soft music. You’ll be surprised how great you’ll feel after that short period of time when your brain is given a rest, free of those loud noises that surround us all day.

Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day 2021

Manila American Cemetery – Photo Courtesy – American Battle Monuments Commission

Please take a moment to pause, and lest we forget, Memorial Day is all about the members of the armed forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us to be free. It is not about enjoying the long weekend going to the beach or having a BBQ in your backyard.

It is about those Americans in military uniforms who served and never came back.

  • 655,000 Americans killed in the Civil War. (est. Union & Confederate)
  • 116,516 Americans killed in WWI.
WWII Memorial in Washington, DC
  • 405,399 Americans killed in WWII.

Source: Wikipedia – U.S. Military Casualties of War

Korean War Memorial in Washington, DC
  • 92,134 Americans killed in the Korean War.
Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC
  • 153,303 Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
  • 9,971 Americans killed in the Afghanistan War.
  • 31,965 Americans killed in the Iraq war.

Source: Lonestar – I’m Already There (Soldiers Tribute) YouTube

  • And all the Americans killed in other wars.

Here is one way you can participate in this year’s celebration of Memorial Day. CBS News “On the Road” correspondent Steve Hartman and retired Air Force bugler, Jari Villanueva, are again inviting musicians of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 p.m. local time on Monday, May 31, for Taps Across America.

Taps is the somber 24-note bugle call played at American military funerals and ceremonies. Hartman and Villanueva hope that the nationwide event, now in its second year, will offer an opportunity to pause for a moment to pay tribute to fallen service members. Traditionally, when people hear Taps, they respond by standing, facing the music and placing their hands over their hearts.

Last year’s Taps Across America project drew tens of thousands of participants across the world. Anyone who can sound Taps can participate.

Here is the sheet music:

Dust off your trumpet or bugle to sound the call this Memorial Day. Join the thousands who will play Taps tomorrow.

Here’s what CBS want you to know.

CBS plans to show some of the videos on the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell. Take a video of your performance. You can use any phone with a video camera and hold the phone horizontally. If neighbors or friends come to listen, get a shot of them too! Then send the video from your computer or phone via this link. Make sure to click “show metadata” after uploading your video to share information about your performance with us. If the player is under 18, CBS ask that you instead upload your video to social media with the hashtag #CBSTaps. CBS will be browsing public posts with that hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.

Let’s all thank the armed forces’ men and women for their service, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their families and our country.

If you know someone who served and died for our country, you may share their name and the war they served in the comment below to educate the public of what FREEDOM and MEMORIAL DAY are all about.

Thank you and bless you all!

At my visit to the WWII Memorial years ago.

The Wentworth Legacy – Chapter 4

Sneak peek into the lifestyle of the Long Island Gold Coast wealthy family.

Long Island Past and Present

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

There was a chill in the air, although the sun was a golden orb in a clear blue sky. The early daffodils with their bright yellow petals were swaying against the clipped green lawns that rolled down to a nearby pond. Spencer drew in a breath of fresh air. He smelled the sweet fragrance of spring bulbs heralding spring after a hard winter. It rained earlier in the day, and even if it was almost noon, the dew from the shrubs gave an iridescent quality on a cool spring day. Spencer looked up at the house and could not help admiring its majestic grandeur surrounded by acres of rolling meadow, gardens, and rare specimens of trees just like Paul had told him earlier. The brick façade, flat balustraded roof, five-bay central block flanked by the extended bay on each side, with mullioned…

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If I were the next President, what would you do with the West Philippine Sea?


Photo Credit: Wikimedia.org.

The Chinese on the West Philippine Sea is a very hot topic in the Philippines right now. With the election coming in 2022, President Duterte is under pressure to defend his stand on China’s ignoring the 2016 Arbitral victory of the Philippines.

In Philippine law, the West Philippine Sea refers only to the portions of the South China Sea, which the Philippine government claims to be part of the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The area’s naming became official through Administrative Order No. 29 by President Benigno Aquino III on September 5, 2012. The administrative order asserts the Philippine claim over its EEZ in the South China Sea. It conveys the Philippine government’s position that it has sovereign rights under the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea over the West Philippine Sea.

Since 2013, China has been island-building in the Spratly Islands and the Paracel…

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My “Never Forget Garden” in Tribute to our Men of the Armed Forces

Garden Gleanings

May is a great month for gardeners. Spring is in full force, and everything is blooming. Here in the South, it was such glorious days.

I have never seen my garden so beautiful. Last year was a bummer. Early in the season, my husband was so sick I had no time for gardening. After he passed on, I was so depressed and could not get going. So this season, I made up for what I lost last year, and it shows.

I packed the front bed with plants, just what I did in my garden in New York. I have orchestrated the planting so that I have color in the garden continuously. I usually forget to take photos of my garden, but this year I took some to plan where to put more spring bulbs for next season.

The season started with spring bulbs and violas. Pansy loves the cold…

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Green-Wood Cemetery – Tombstone Tuesdays May 11, 2021

A beautiful historic cemetery! Matt will be buried there when it is safe for us to go to NY.

Ups Downs Family History

Official website: https://www.green-wood.com/

BillionGraves: https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Green-Wood-Cemetery/71872

Cemetery Census – http://cemeterycensus.com/ No listing located

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/historicgreenwood/

Find-A-Grave:https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/64718/green-wood-cemetery (372 Famous memorials – https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/64718/famous-memorials)

Flickr: Some listings located https://www.flickr.com/photos/emilio_guerra/35618835782/


GenealogyTrails: http://genealogytrails.com/ny/kings/cem_greenwood.html

Google Maps: Google Maps, Brooklyn New York (finally got Street View to come up)

Histopolis: https://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/NY/Kings_County/Green-Wood_Cemetery

Historical Marker Database: https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=69543

Hometown Locator: No listing located https://www.hometownlocator.com/

Inspirock: https://www.inspirock.com/united-states/brooklyn/green-wood-cemetery-a821473687

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/historicgreenwood/

Interment.net: http://www.interment.net/data/us/ny/kings/greenwood/index.htm

Gravestones.org: https://newyorkgravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=3819

Only In Your State: #2 https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/new-york/creepy-cemeteries-ny/

Pinterest: Some listings located https://www.pinterest.com/realtycollectiv/greenwood-cemetery/

RecordAGrave – https://www.recordagrave.com/records No listing located

Roads and Kingdoms: No listing located https://roadsandkingdoms.com/

Roadside America:https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/26837

Road Trippers: No listing located https://maps.roadtrippers.com/

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g60827-d565061-Reviews-Green_Wood_cemetery-Brooklyn_New_York.html

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/greenwood+cemetery

Twitch channel or search: No listing located https://www.twitch.tv/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GreenWoodHF

US GenWeb Tombstone Project: No listing located http://files.usgwarchives.net/

Vimeo channel or search: Has its own channel https://vimeo.com/channels/79170

Waymarking: https://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/wm2BZ2_Green_Wood_Cemetery_Brooklyn_NY_USA

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-Wood_Cemetery

World Wide Cemetery: https://cemetery.org/.There is a one-time $90 fee to add a memorial: https://cemetery.org/memorial-form/

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The Wentworth Legacy – Chapter 3

The story continues . . .

Long Island Past and Present

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

As the RMS Olympic continued toward the New York Harbor, Spencer Wentworth crossed the huge hall with luxurious carpeting and splendidly decorated for the first-class passenger. He aimed toward the door leading to the outside deck, where he would join some first-class passengers enjoying the last few nautical miles of the voyage. As the ship entered the New York harbor, the fog was low but not as thick as the fog that enveloped London when he left his London home to come back to New York. Spencer could barely see the outline of the Statue of Liberty. He still could not hear the pulse of this great city from across the water.

Half an hour before sunrise, New York, the most garish of the Atlantic ports, was beautiful as seen in the distance from the waters of the harbor with the fine mist softening…

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Historic Churches of Iloilo


As a leading province during the Spanish Colonial Era, the province of Iloilo is widely known for its beautiful old-world Spanish architecture similar to that of Latin American Countries. Spanish colonial churches are amongst the well-known tourist sites in the province. The presence of many old churches underscores the high regard the Spanish colonizers had for Iloilo Province as a religious center for the region.

Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

The Miag-ao Church is one of the finest Baroque Churches in the Philippines. It is the most impressive among Iloilo’s formidable array of centuries-old churches. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage and Conservation Site primarily because it best exemplifies the tropical baroque style of architecture. It is the centerpiece of Iloilo’s architectural tradition. Built in 1786, the Aztec-Baroque-inspired church with Filipino botanicals carved on the façade is known for its intricate facade and pyramidal bell towers. This massive structure…

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Rosa Banksiae – A Charleston Native

Rose Gardening World

Syns. R. banksiana, Banksian rose, Banks’ Rose, Lady Banks’ Rose Species.

Cultivated since 1796

If you are in Charleston, SC area, this rose is blooming its head off right now. It’s the best time of the year to see it. It is part of the Charleston landscape at this time of the year!

Rosa banksiae is one of the best shrubs for a wall and will reach the top of most houses in a few years. It produces an abundance of pretty small roses with the sweetest fragrance you can imagine. The flowers are borne on last year’s wood, so it is well-advised not to prune in the spring. Only dead or useless branches have to be trimmed. The introduction date is unknown, but the double white form was first described in the Botanical Magazine for 1818 as Lady Banks’ Rose and one of the sweetest of roses. It has…

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Magellan Introduced Christianity to the Philippines 500 years ago

Looking back on how Christianity came to the Philippines.


Islam predated the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines by at least a century and a half. Towards the end of the fourteenth century, Muslim missionaries from Islamic countries of Malaysia and Indonesia brought Islam to the southern Philippines, even reaching Palawan, Mindoro, and Luzon’s east coast, notably Maynila (the present-day Manila). With Islamicized communities spread strategically through the archipelago from Luzon in the north, Sulu and Maguindanao in the south, and Palawan in the west, the archipelago would have evolved into an Islamic nation were it not for the Spaniards’ colonization.

In 1517, thirty-nine-year-old Portuguese navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, out of favor with the Portuguese King Manuel, crossed the border into Spain and convinced its young, adventurous seventeen-year-old Hapsburg monarch, Charles, to finance an ambitious undertaking: Magellan would discover a new route to the fabled Spice Islands by sailing west across the Atlantic, to South America, from where he could…

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