a rose by any other name….

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Yesterday, while out in the garden, this quote jumped into my thoughts, but I couldn’t remember which of Shakespeare’s plays it came from:

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

Of course, it was a line spoken by Juliet, to Romeo, as she told him that a name means nothing really, is no more than a label… but this is a well known illustration of how highly prized and symbolic this plant has always been to us. Its fragrance is like no other – sublime!

Before I had a garden of my own, I thought of roses as fussy, clichéd and over-rated… until a friend introduced me to the old French Bourbon roses. I’ve had varying success at growing them, but this one below – Madame Isaac Pereire, seems to tolerate my quirky Scottish garden.

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I love observing the changes in colour as each bloom matures and then fades….

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Another favourite, which does surprisingly well in my garden (in spite of my neglect), is my Rosa Mundi. I love the liveliness of its markings and its scent reminds me of my grandmother… and old soap!

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The rose has featured as a subject/symbol in art through the centuries, by painters from Botticelli to O’Keefe, but that’s maybe for another day… for now, it’s all about savouring the sublime!

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