"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Gallery of Roses

Tired of looking at roses yet? By the end of this post you will be!

The rose gardens are exploding with flowers. There's about to be a brief hiatus of my Rose of the Day feature, for reasons that will soon become apparent. So today I'm offering a large bouquet of them.

Rose of the Day: White rugosa.

Rose of the Day: Shailers Provence, Gracilis.

I often call this Boursault rose my "favourite," partly because it is so lovely, fragrant and floriferous. And mostly because the giant bushes started as rooted cuttings sent to me by my mother.

Rose of the Day: Rosa canina.

The common dog rose, which grows in hedgerows in the British Isles. Its soft fragrance is reminiscent of apples.

Rose of the Day: Isphahan.

This photo is not at all characteristic because the unfolding bud looks like a hybrid tea or other modern rose. In fact, it will become a blowsy, fluffy blossom, exquisitely scented. A truly ancient rose, which for centuries has been--and still is--used for making perfume in Persia (now Iran).

Rose of the Day: Henry Kelsey.

A hardy Canadian climber, vibrantly red.

Rose of the Day: Autumn Damask, Perpetual Damask, Four Seasons Rose.

The only repeat-blooming rose prior to the introduction of China roses in the late 18th century. Talk about ancient--the rose historians say this rose grew in Biblical times, and was cultivated by the Romans.

Rose of the Day: Rosa alba semiplena

Another very old rose, known in medieval times.

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