We grew up listening to excerpts from Sir Edmund Spencer’s the Faerie Queene:
It was upon a Sommers shynie day,
When Titan faire his beames did display,
In a fresh fountaine, farre from all mens vew,
She bath'd her brest, the boyling heat t'allay;
She bath'd with roses red, and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.
Or the most common:
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you.
Or still funnier:
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
Cashews are nuts.
And so are you
All talked of roses being red. Well academically yes, but not actually. Since the gardeners and those having gardening as their hobby would know that roses have a far wider variety than being red only. Although a fully grown red rose stands majestically with its unique smell among other flowers, it loses its charm and attraction when among many other colour ad multicolour verities of its very own kind.
This spring has been our first in our new house and in January earlier this year, my wife brought more than a dozen verities of roses, bedded, pedestal and double pedestal and planted these all along our boundary wall and inside our home lawn. We all waited anxiously for these roses to sprout and bloom – and bloom they did by the grace of Nature. It is amazing to see their vivid colours and smell their beautiful sweet smell.
I am sharing some of these here for the rose lovers – I hope they will enjoy seeing these.
The pedestal and double pedestal roses are maturing and I will share these in time.
Related link: January is the rose lovers' month