HOW MIGHT A ROSE’S LOVE LOOK IN THE WINTER?
OR IS IT LIKE WINTER’S ROSE HIP?
SHARP AND SPIKEY?
NOT SOFT AS SUMMER’S BLOSSOMS?
Ah…But the thorniest stems do always produce the most perfumed fragrance.
However a rose’s beauty is not so easy to find….
Spring’s softness of petals, a lasting and intoxicating perfume, gentility and modesty in looks is shy. This blushing rose was taken from this very thorny bush last May.
It will be another few months before the world’s favourite flowers blossom in the UK for 2015.
I walk past a particular garden very regularly and see the gardeners at their work sometimes. With diligent, daily care and silent, watchful attention, all blossoms grew very prolifically in the same garden throughout 2014.
The roses were photographed in between the UK Summer showers. If you walk past a fragrant rose bush after the rain, that is when they will auger the best for their natural scent. The vapours will just rise upwards and find you.
This is the month for combining roses and love, just like a rose, love sometimes needs its little helpers to create a flower or two.
Why do the subtle powers of the rose, as with the power of Love, seem to require such great efforts? Those defensive thorny sharp stems and ugly shrivelled heads? Why must a Spring Beauty also be fated to have Winter’s Ugliness?
There might be some apparent deception going on, but this armoured protection exists for what the rose is really born to be – a royal flora. The sharpest guard of the rose, also provides valuable shelter to others in its service.
And whilst that shrunken head with drained colour and knarled skin would frighten an aphid’s to its’ worst nightmare – that waxy head, has the most tightly sealed and sacred secrets, entrusted virtues and wise investments to oversee a new future in the Spring.
Until then, Life continues onward. On the rose, and also within it, other little lives come in and out, helping this great petalled flora in its purpose. These lives are always in its service, but this is Nature’s community partnership at its very best and with mutual benefits to gift exchange.
A true petalled aristocrat, the rose is floral royal family. Yet everything in the flora is inter-dependent, not independent, or all plants would flounder, make a mess and eventually become extinct. Something a reigning monarch can not possibly consider.
What will 2015 blossom in the roses, when its season comes, to keep us all in the pink?
MORE FOR THE OBSESSED
The following link was inspired whilst walking past the May roses, it aims to unlocks the scent and sensory experience.
And for the very fond, the scented post, The Morning After
Love and the rose, probably two of the very best evolutionary cycles Nature has ever created.
© 2015 La Floralie