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Ah, Roses

“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.

Roses from Mom’s Garden

“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.


June is an incredible month!

 “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”   Maud Hart Lovelace

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The end of June marks the official middle of the year. For me, this time gives rise to reflection and soul-searching much like what takes place on New Year’s Day.  Have you met your goals from six months ago?  What new dreams are you working to make reality?  Take stock of things.  It’s time!

June also marks the official start of Summer. The Summer Solstice—on 21 June this year—gave us all the longest day of the year.  It’s a great time to celebrate the wonder of life, the bounty of summer harvests, and the beauty of nature that beckons us out into gardens and onto  beaches.

mom dad ricemom and dad yellow bouquetPersonally, my parents were married in June.  Now that they are both gone, they are celebrating their 73rd wedding anniversary together again.  That date is a good day for me to officially honor them, enjoy memories, and applaud their love.  Mom carried yellow tea roses in her wedding bouquet, a very appropriate choice for this month.

June’s flower, in fact, is the rose, giving the month the honor of being National Rose Month.  No one seems 100% sure when or why this observance was created.  My guess is that it was years ago by florists hoping to sell more flowers of thanks, appreciation and celebration.  That roses are so abundant this month is a great luxury.

Roses themselves trigger many good memories for me: 

from moms gardenHelping Mom in her garden as she tended her rose bushes, always bringing some in to adorn the coffee table or to be given away to cheer a friend.

One of the colleges where I used to teach had many lovely rose bushes, so many in fact that I carried scissors with me so I could cut a blossom or two for my office.  That probably was not allowed, so I never asked permission.  My office had no windows, so the little rose was an important addition!

rose arbordad at rose arborI spent many good afternoons enjoying rose gardens with family and friends.  Many tended their own personal gardens.  One friend had rose bushes instead of a lawn and another had roses lining the walk way to her front door.  Others visited more established places with me such as the Rose Gardens at the Arboretum or at Forest Lawn Cemetery where parents and grandparents are buried.   The Visitor Center in my town welcomes folks with a small rose garden; Wasco, CA, brags about its status as the Rose Capital of the World; and Pasadena presents the Rose Parade every year.

mom and dad with roses

the little princeOne of my favorite books has always been The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  The title character is a wise, delightful little guy who sees adults as odd creatures to be tolerated and who cherishes the rose he left behind on his own little asteroid.  The Little Prince offers good advice about giving time to things important to us and caring for things that matter to us:  “You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.” and “It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” 

full pink surroundedGiven all these memories and observances, it seems wise to celebrate life and love during the month of June through an appreciation of roses.  After all, a rose offers a great analogy for life.  The Rose has its own stages of growth from bud to full bloom as well as times of dormancy.  The Rose itself offers beauty through its flower and danger or need for caution through its thorns.

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It is said that it was during the Victorian Era that the colors of flowers starting sending secret messages to distant lovers. No matter what the color, the messages themselves always celebrated some aspect of life: Red (Love, Respect & Courage).  White  (Adoration & Innocence).  Yellow (Celebration & Joy).  Orange (Enthusiasm & Desire).  Pink (Thanks & Admiration).

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yellow bouquetwedding bouquetSo, please, as June draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the natural beauty around you and to express your love and appreciation to your loved ones who add beauty to your life.  If you can, consider giving someone a bouquet of roses, even a single stem would do.  As George William Curtis reminds us, “The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.”

At the very least, enjoy a stroll through my virtual rose garden!  As Richard Brinsley Sheridan says, “Won’t you come into the garden?  I would like my roses to see you.”

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 “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”   Abraham Lincoln

 “Truths and roses have thorns about them.”  Henry David Thoreau

open rose against dark

 “An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.”   H. L. Mencken

peach rose with yellow center

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“What a lovely thing a rose is! . . . Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.”   Arthur Conan Doyle

“He picked up one of Lorna’s roses and set it in my lap. ‘Here.’ I picked it up and smelled it. He poked me in the shoulder. ‘See what I mean? Thorns don’t stop you from sniffing. Or putting them in a vase on the kitchen table. You work around them…. Cause the rose is worth it… Think what you’d miss.’”   Charles Martin

“That which God said to the rose, and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty, He said to my heart, and made it a hundred times more beautiful.”   Rumi

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“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”  Emma Goldman

“The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends.”   Persian Proverb

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“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”   Leo Buscaglia

“I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.”  Roland A. Browne

pink rose with buds

“One may live without bread, not without roses.”  Jean Richepin

“True friendship is like a rose: we don’t realize its beauty until it fades.”  Evelyn Loeb

rose with lady bug

“A rose is a rose is a rose.”  Gertrude Stein

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to out off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon—instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.”  Dale Carnegie

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“Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.”  Mark Overby

“Why it is that no one ever sent me one perfect limousine, do you suppose?  Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get one perfect rose.”  Dorothy Parker

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