Wednesday, June 8

roses & thorns



"Some people are always grumbling
that roses have thorns,
I am thankful that thorns have roses"

Aplhonse Karr


I wish you could all breathe in the heady scent
of this exquisite old rose. . .

Many years ago we were asked to do a
House Clearance at a once grand property due to be demolished 
to make way for a development of luxury homes.

The neglected garden had returned to wilderness
but outside the drawing room window, barely visible
through a blanket of ivy grew this solitary standard rose
on a gnarled stem the size of a sapling
with thorns as thick as coat hooks.

The last man left standing,
valiantly flowering as if there would be no tomorrow. . .

(well, would you have left it there?)
xx



27 comments:

Jee said...

Looks like it's repaying your kindness, Elaine. I would have brought it home too - I'm forever rescuing cut flowers from the reduced bucket at the supermarket!

Sherri B. said...

It seems that there is nothing to compare to a 'real' old time rose for color or smell...No, I couldn't bring myself to leave that beautiful rose to be mowed down.

Lucy@Corset Laced Mannequins said...

absolutely not! what a beauty. my sister rescued a rose from a skip once and now its the prettiest I've seen! Lucyxx

polkadotpeticoat said...

So beautifully said!

Susan T said...

It would have found a home here too, although whether it would have thrived from then on is questionable, we tend to give our garden tough love.

sue15cat said...

Wow...a proper old fashioned rose.

Of course you had to rescue it....and now it's says thank you...year after year.

Sue xx

Ivy Black said...

I'd have had it! Roses are my favourite.xxx

Su said...

I'd have had to have taken it too! Rescued and now it thanks you every year.

Sylvia said...

Gorgeous, Elaine, it's a beauty !
Hugs,
Sylvia

My Spotty Pony said...

Oh I can just imagine the scent... just heavenly. I love old fashioned roses, so much nicer than the shop bought ones. xx

crafty cat corner said...

No, I certainly would not have left it there, funnily enough it looks like the rose I have planted in remembrance of my Kitty who was ginger it is called 'Simply the best'. This one also has a fragrance.

Briony
x

tracey @ the vintage bothy said...

I would have re-homed it as well. I can imagine the scent as I am lucky that my Mum keeps cutting me one or two highly fragranced roses from her garden.
A rose for a rose!
T x

Annie said...

What a lovely story, I would definitely have taken it too.
Ann x

Fading Grace said...

oh my goodness, definitely not, it's beautiful, I just love old roses x

Janet said...

Noo ! beautiful rose -I can almost smell it.bet you are glad you rescued it ? x

Vintage Tea Time said...

A gorgeous rose - lovely colour - great you rescued it! Enjoy! Abby x

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Wow! That is so powefully positive! xx

Vintage Jane said...

A stunning rose. An elderly gardener recently told me that roses will be particularly stunning this year due to the very long cold winter. Seems he was right. M x

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

I can smell it from here! Gorgeous and it most definitely needed to be rescued.

I've just bought a lovely climber, similar colour and size of flower by the looks of it, which I think is new for this year, called 'Breath of Life' (fitting, I thought). We have progress at last. Will email asap.

Sx

Sue at Dollytub Cottage said...

I would have taken it home too!SueXXX

bad penny said...

How lovey. I'm glad you gave it a new home.

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
How wonderful that your rose has such a good provenance.

How strange it is with plants that even if we are unable, as is sometimes the case, to recall their correct botanical name, we never fail to remember where they have come from or, indeed, who gave them to us.

And is there anything to beat roses in an English garden in June? We think not!

John Gray said...

nicely written

Donna ~ Little Tiny Stitches said...

No, I wouldn't have left it there either :o)
And I can just imagine the beauty of that scent Elaine..my favourite type of rose...
It's beautiful, and I'm so glad you gave it a lovely home too :o)

Have a great week Elaine. xx

gillyflower said...

Beautiful colour rose! There is something so special about roses!
Glad I was able to make you smile with my patchwork footstool on such a wet gloomy day!
Gill x

Catherine said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog the other day!

I LOVE the photos at the side, of the chicken coming into your kitchen! Ha ha! Now if that doesn't say "everyone welcome" I don't know what does!!

Very fun!
xo Catherine

Mimi and Tilly said...

So beautiful! Thank you for your gorgeous comment on my blog. It means a lot to know my blog friends are cheering me on. I'm made up I've stopped beating myself up too, it makes life so much kinder, and me much more fun to be around! Big hug, Em xxx

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