Monday, June 27, 2011

A rose is a rose is a rose...


watercolor by

We have had just some gorgeous days!
Summer, for now, is showing her bright sunny face.

Tanner has enjoyed sunning himself every day.
He goes out, finds a nice spot, and sleeps in the sun.
He gets hot, and wants in.
He lays in the office to cool off, and then...
He wants out
to find a nice spot in the sun, and sleep.
And get hot.
So then he wants in.....

See how I spend my days!!
looking for a good hot spot...


oh yeah, hot concrete....

I'm hot now, let me in....

Gotta love him!

But really, today's blog is about roses.

a yellow rose in the gardens of DisneyLand, California

One Perfect Rose
By Dorothy Parker

A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
          All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet-
          One perfect rose.

I knew the language of the floweret;
          “My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.”
Love long has taken for his amulet
          One perfect rose.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
          One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
          One perfect rose.

Rose in the gardens of Walt Disney World: Epcot, Florida

I'm sorry, I don't know the creator of these lovely cards.

Rose shrubs are often used by homeowners and landscape architects
for home security purposes.
The sharp thorns of many rose species deter "unauthorized persons"
(politically correct, you know!)
from entering private properties.
They may prevent break-ins if planted under windows and near drain pipes.

The aesthetic characteristics of rose shrubs,
in conjunction with their home security qualities,
makes them a desirable alternative
to artificial fences and walls.

(Oh, who DOES write this way???)

I have looked at so many different web sites on roses, I am not sure
which this one is from, but they need to loosen up, 'ya think?

vintage 'toothpaste' ad

c. 1899

Despite the presence of thorns (pricklies!), deer will happily munch on them.

Gardening here in the Rocky Mountains has its' difficulties,
among which are the munching deer,
and the hungry elks.

In the cities/suburbs squirrels are the big destructive mob.
They eat electrical cords, canopies, houses (yes, they will chew right
through the house wall to make nests inside!)
patio furniture, most bird feeders and all of your plants!

Where I live the bunnies can be a problem.
They make holes and dens in my flower gardens.
They chew on the spring bulbs.
They love gardens - free buffet - all you can eat!

healing rose mandala, for sale at holly and ivy

Let's have a fun paper doll with lots of lovely roses:

Rose Valley is a region in Bulgaria located just south of
the Balkan mountains. It is famous for its rose growing industry,
from which 70% of the world's rose oil is produced.

vintage song sheet graphics

White Rose
 was a World War II non-violent resistance group in Germany.

Here is a coloring page for you.

Let a child pick their own colors, and it can be amazing what alternative colors they come up with!

One of my favorite Christmas ornaments is a paper Santa Claus
that Peter colored in the 1st Grade -
a very blue Santa Claus!

Rose hips are sometimes eaten, mainly for their Vitamin C content.
They are usually pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup.
This process removes the fine hairs surrounding the seeds,
which are icky to eat, and resembles itching powder.

Pierre Auguste Renoir,
"Les Roses Dans un Vase"
c.1910 - 1917

Rose hips are used to produce an oil used in skin products.
They can also be used to make herbal tea,
jam, jelly and marmalade.

A rose that has aged or gone rotten
may not be particularly fragrant,
but the roses' basic chemistry prevents it
from stinking or having a bad odor of any kind.


When aged roses are mashed together,
 the fragrance of the rose is enhanced.
The fragrance of particularly large balls of mashed roses
is enhanced even further.

Here is an embroidery transfer from

While the state flower of Texas is NOT a rose,
the Yellow Rose of Texas is very familiar.

more lovely paper punched flower cards

a vintage illustration

Here is another of Liana's lovely paper doll dress creations:

You can find two paper dolls that fit this in previous blogs,
or visit Liana's Blog site. The addy is on the right side of my blog!

polymer clay roses by

A red rose (often held in a hand)
 is the symbol of socialism or social democracy.
It is also used as a symbol by the British and Irish Labour Parties,
as well as by
the French, Swedish, Finnish, Brazilian, Portuguese, Norwegian,
Spanish (Spanish Socialist Workers' Party),
the Dutch (Partij van de Arbeid)
and European socialist parties.

for sale at

Using a single red rose as a symbol of socialism or social democracy
originates from the red rose used as a badge by the marchers
in the May 1968 street protests in Paris.

'Rose for a Duchess'
a photo processed print for sale from

She does quite lovely and unusual work.
I really like her 'style'.

Here is another of her works, with embroidery:

Well, that's it for today!

I hope you have enjoyed this venture into

The Rose.


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