Saturday, April 16, 2011

Many hues of roses

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.


Asghar Javed said...

Shall wait.

Carol Yates Wilkerson said...

I love your rose photos. When I started growing roses way back in 1982 I had ordered a bunch of all kinds of varieties as a promotion from Jackson Perkins in Oregon. It was a great lesson for me to understand how each grew, their needs and what I liked about them. Those roses are still blooming in that yard even though we moved from that house in 1988. Where I live now we have roses again, but many of them are some variety that is fragrant. To me, roses bring beauty, but to get the "full effect" I choose to have their fragrance too. That said, many of mine are English roses. They have a different looking bloom, but they fill our back yard with a heady aroma.

Jalal HB said...

Thank you Carol for visiting - Roses can only be appreciated by those who love nature and flowers. It is good to see people like you loving nature and roses.