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The Very Last Rose Harvest of 2012


Would you know, looking at these pictures, that a big freeze is just around the corner?







These shots savor the harvest's relation to the garden, they hardly need arranging. However once in the house it was a different story.



I was feeling free and a tad sloppy in these rather unstudied looks.





When I revisited these images and saw that huge pile of leaves, it struck me yet again how much needs to be removed before a rose stem enters a vase. Vases and arranging are not always necessary- in many settings, roses are fabulous left right in their harvest buckets.


Old-roses copy



The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Last Year's Roses


In late November and early December, I was madly photographing the season's last roses. I wanted to give them their final say again and again.





My folders are full of images, but I've had no time in recent days to play in blogland. Now pausing, and back at it for awhile, here's a session with old roses, a pink handblown glass, and handmade paper by my husband, Leroy.



Monsieur Tillier is the flashy one, Poulson's Pearl is the single, Belle Story is in there along with Safrano and I'm not sure who else.

Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.

~ Victor Hugo