No, this isn’t one of those Rock blogs … but there is a music link at the end.

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put 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

Rosa ‘The Garland’

The Rose, found in nearly every garden and is loved by most gardeners and non-gardeners. I say most … there has been one or two gardeners that I have met who swear blind to not liking even a single Rose.

They are often highly scented flowers in the summer and autumn. making Roses a popular garden favourite.

The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. The cultivation of roses most probably began in in the far east around 5000 years ago, and we now have well over 30,000 varieties … plenty to choose from then.

Rosa ‘Guinee’

In Greek mythology, it was the goddess Aphrodite gave the Rose it’s name but it was the goddess of flowers, Chloris who created it. It has also been used as a symbol for love, war and politics.

It is said that the floors of Cleopatra’s palace were carpeted with Rose petals, and that Confucius had a 600 book library on how to care for Roses.

Don’t know the name of this one- but it is an absolute beauty with a wonder full scent.

“Perfumes are the feelings of flowers, and as the human heart, imagining itself alone and unwatched, feels most deeply in the night-time, so seems it as if the flowers, in musing modesty, await the mantling eventide ere they give themselves up wholly to feeling, and breathe forth their sweetest odours. Flow forth, ye perfumes of my heart, and seek beyond these mountains the dear one of my dreams!” ~Heinrich Heine

Rosa Anna Livia

There are many different groups of Roses but my two favourites has to be the Climbers and the Ramblers. A beautifully trained climber can also look in the winter as well as the summer, a well trained framework is always pleasing to the eye. As for the Rambler, it can be grown up a tree, a pillar or spiral it around a support.

Rosa ‘The Garland’ again I know- but what a beauty.

Rosa Veichenblua

“A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.”~ Clive Bell

Rosa ‘Dublin Bay’

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily
do not rob the little violet of it’s scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”~ Therese of Lisieux

Rosa ‘Cecile Brunner’

Rosa ‘Coopers Burmese’

“Do not watch the petals fall from the rose with sadness; know that, like life, things sometimes must fade, before they can bloom again.”

This one has been for my Uncle Brian, get well soon mate and for gods sake in future … do as you bloody told.

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