Spider Web in the Roses
Albertine Rose

Rose Bounty

Belle-Isis William-Baffin-Rose Common-Moss-Rose

My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give thee, the more I have, for both are infinite.

~ William Shakespeare


Rising at 4 a.m., two days in a row, to gather beauties like these for the Celebration of Old Roses, left the photographer with little "click & snap" energy at the actual event. The blur of beauty and bounty was enough-- pictures could never do the Celebration justice.

A day later, this concoction of blooms, which was part of the bouquet display, happily posed back at home.



Here is a detail of the background in the bouquet photo, above this one. The rose is Rosa Roxburghii, one of our rare and ancient rose treasures from China. Thanks to the Celebration of Old Roses, the public has the opportunity to learn about roses like this.

Many, many thanks to all the people who helped make the Celebration such a success this year !

PS it was really nice to meet many Rose Notes readers– thank you for introducing yourselves to me.