“What a lovely thing a rose is!” Arthur Conan Doyle
“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” James M. Barrie
When I think of roses, I think of my mom.
She always had a garden—and rose bushes were always part of that garden. I can see her cutting a bud or two to place around the house or give to friends and neighbors. The roses really brighten up the place.
“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” Hada Bejar
Over the years, I would visit various rose gardens with Mom and Dad. Mom just loved them, and Dad would photograph them. There are lots of venues around, even just near where I grew up: Los Angeles County Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, the Norman Simon Museum, even Forest Lawn Cemetery—as well as friends’ yards. Now, wherever I travel, I watch for roses. And think of Mom and Dad.
The photos in this post are some of my favorites from throughout the years as well as some from my travels last year. I was out looking for spring wildflowers and colorful fall foliage, but roses were out there too! Roses just demand attention. Aren’t they great?
“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” Alphonse Karr
“An idealist is one who, on noticing a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.” H. L. Mencken
“Roses aren’t any less beautiful because they don’t live long. No one looks at them and thinks, man, what a tragedy they’ll only be around for a little while. You just appreciate them while they’re there. Or if you don’t, you’re missing the point.” Sophie Cameron
“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” Emma Goldman
“But he that dares not grasp the thorn, should never crave the rose.” Anne Bronte
“You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, but the scent of the roses will hang around it still.” Thomas Moore
“The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.” Paulo Coelho
“There is so much to appreciate about my life every single day, and I make a big point of taking time to smell the roses and noticing how lucky I am. I never want to take that for granted.” Josie Maran
“Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.” Richard Brinsley Sheridan
“There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted.” Henri Matisse
“It’s ok to feel delicate sometimes. Real beauty is in the fragility of your petals. A rose that never wilts isn’t a rose at all.” Crystal Woods
“The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.” Persian Proverb
“One may live without bread, not without roses.” Jean Richepin
“Days of wine and roses laugh and run away, like a child at play.” Johnny Mercer
“I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” Gertrude Stein
This post is my entry for the Photo for the Week Challenge: Roses.