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December 2012

Ice Blue and Pink roses

 

Oh I had the roses and precious they were- pink- 

 

Pink-roses-close-up

the season's last.

 

Magenta-single-roses

 

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But the real inspiration was an ice blue Indian scarf borrowed for a costume project. Before returning it, I wanted to use it as a Christmas backdrop

 

Silver-containers-for-roses

with silver.

 

Close-up

 

Victorian-pink-roses

 

Pink-roses-and-blue-backdrop

As the scarf was special to me and to the lovely woman I borrowed it from,

 

Pink-roses-in-silver-flute

I changed backdrops for the rest of the shoot, to avoid possible water spotting.

As usual for me, I took the bouquet apart to dredge up a few more looks.

 

Pink-rose-grouping

 

Pink-roses

 

Single-rose

 

 

Small-magenta-rose

This is the rose Yesterday. Other roses included here are Hermosa, Pink Gruss an Achen, Climbing Pinkie, Catherine Mermet, Duchesse de Brabant and Ballerina.

 


Christmas Bouquet

 

These same roses enjoyed a little showing off the other day. 

 

Red-roses

Well, they're back for one more try, with a few new additions.

 

Redcoat-rose

Redcoat joins the group- it's an old David Austin rose.

 

Greens

I barely showed you the garden greens I was using in the last post. Here they are up close. The small rose leaf canes are Petite Pink Scotch. The large hips in the bucket are from the rose, Kathleen.

 

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Eleagnus
Small-rose-hips
Rose-hip

The deodora cedar cones, that look like roses, are saved from an aged tree we had to take down due to branch drop. It's special to have these small remants from what was once a huge garden presence. The next image is chocolate pelargonium- this along with mint pelargonium have become staples in the floral industry in the last few years. Their leaves take up space elegantly and add a bit of drama. The silvery eleagnus is one of my garden treasures and it lasts really well in bouquets. The small hips are from The Gift. The fat juicy hips are from a rugosa rose. 

 

Pomegranates

Someone asked me if the yellow-leafed shrubs shown in my fall post are roses. No, here are their fruits.

 

 

Christmas-bouquet

 

 

Red-rose-bouquet

 

 

Red-pom

Intimacy like this is part of the joy in playing with nature. 

 

 


Red Roses for Christmas

It's that time of year when I begin to mourn the imminent passing of this year's roses from our garden. With Christmas on the way, I thought why not prolong their enjoyment by celebrating the season with roses in holiday garb.

 

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Every few days I've been harvesting whatever is available. This humble gathering includes The Prince (that big one), Duet, Little White Pet, Maggie, and rose hips.

 

Christmas-roses

Duet and Maggie are showcased in this image. With the addition of greens and more interesting containers (although I love that little zinc pot), I knew these roses could dress to impress. 

 

Weck-jars

In the summer, I bought these Weck canning jars in Berkeley. Perfect rose vases.

 

Christmas-rose-gifts

Mint pelargonium, westringia, fir boughs, and delicate rose leaves went into the containers first- adding the roses was pure pleasure. Barcelona bloomed when buds opened a day later- it's the rose with the darkish centers. It's an extremely fragrant beautiful rose that I highly recommend. Wouldn't these make a lovely gift?

 

Red-christmas-roses

The same roses recycled into a more upscale look in a bubbled handblown glass vase.