I’ve had some folks puzzle over why I like certain roses. Koko Loco is one favorite of mine, and a friend says it just looks dirty to her, as the color is somewhat brown before it turns to a lavender. I also enjoy Hot Cocoa, which can have a bit of brown in it as well … guess I like that tint!
This one below, Sheila Macqueen, is another I adore. It can come in a variety of shades, and the first time I saw it the blooms were quite green. I adore green flowers! Here you see it with tinges of green, but also (clearly) other colors.
Sheila Macqueen was a flower arranger, and arranged the flowers for both the coronation and wedding of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as designing flower arrangements for the wedding reception of Prince Charles to Princess Diana. She also authored flower arranging books, all of which appear to now be out of print. At some point I read that she wasn’t well respected by some, but I can’t seem to find that article online now. I think she was too old fashioned for some.
Sheila Macqueen Rose, 5.8.17
I was thinking about walking to a rose garden today, but decided that it really wasn’t a good idea at the moment. Turns out that two years ago I had this idea as well … and went. This is the first rose I shot at the Heritage Rose Garden in San Jose. I do miss my very long walks, but I can’t seem to get myself to go as far right now.
Duchesse De Grammont Rose, 4.23.18
I took a little walk to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden again today. I knew there would be less wind and there were a few roses I wanted to have a go at again. When I saw this one I had to spend a bit of time with it. Someone I know from many years ago had posted it before, as there is a note on it in his brother’s memory. I thought he might like to see it is blooming again and looks lovely.
Spartan Rose (I), 4.26.16
I had a lovely ten mile walk today. My first goal (about four miles in) was to get to the San Jose Heritage Rose Garden since I hadn’t been in a while. I’m never sure what I’ll find there: some of the plants only bloom once a year, after all. While many were past their prime, there were some that were quite lovely. Here is the first rose shot of the day. (Not my “First Shot” as that was of a passion fruit: I hadn’t seen one before and wanted to get a record shot, but it isn’t good enough to share here.)