Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Hulthemia Rose

One-hundred and forty years ago a seedling of Rosa persica, the hulthemia rose, was brought to the Luxembourg Gardens from her desert home in Iran and the surrounding area. Today they are available in hybrids – usually shrub roses, but they can be floribundas. Their central distinguishing feature and what attracted western hybridizers, is their eye.  Most of them are named with reference to their eye or their area of origin, Persia or Babylon. Thus I invite you to look into the eyes of Rosa persica and know the meaning of beauty.

These are not my photos. They were found on a free image site and largely attributed to Pinterest.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Roses, Roses, Roses, Roses

One of the most beautiful roses in my garden is also my favorite, Just Joey. Below her is one of the most fragrant roses, Scentimental. One of the most beautifully shaped follows, Remember Me. Finally, the most romantic is the Peace Rose. Scentimental and Remember Me were planted in memory of my dear brother and sister-in-law respectively. Scentiment is for Greg and Remember Me for Rhonda.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Inevitability of Fall

September mornings are more Fall then Summer.  They taste of bracing mountain breeze, and the light is smooth and clear.  By midmorning Summer begins to struggle for her old dominance.  The late blooming flowers give us the illusion that she is winning, but alas Fall is coming as surely as the next Full Moon and the Winter’s snow.