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Roses are grown and loved the world over by professional landscape architects, as well as amateur gardners.

Roses date back to forty million years.
The ancient roses that we still find today have simple flowers with single petals and very many thorns.

Roses are divided into two categories. old roses and new or modern roses.

The old roses bloom once a year, and tend to be very fragrant.
A thousand years ago the Chinese painted their silks with old rose designs.
The Romans used rose petals to carpet their floors.
Persians grew roses for decoration, and the Muslims cherished the yellow rose, which was unknown in Europe until the 10th Century.

At the end of the 18th Century four roses were introduced into Europe from China. Modern roses were cultivated after 1867.

In the 19th Century, the Empress Josephine established her famous rose garden in France, at Malmaison. She cross bread her roses,
and cross breeding of roses became an art the world over.
Most modern roses bloom all summer and many are much hardier than the old roses.

Roses today come in many colors: Pink, white, orange, yellow, blue and the unrivalled seduction of the red ,red rose.

There are miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers, ramblers, bushes and tree roses.

I will post a few pictures in the next few replies.


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The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream- white rosebud
With a flush upon its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

~John Boyle O'Reilly


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Thank you dear Inda, this is a magnificent thread .... I am familiar with roses since the moment I was born .... because my hometown in Switzerland, Rapperswil at the lake of Zurich, is called "Rosenstadt" ... city of roses and in its coat of arms it has two red roses. There are some beautiful gardens of roses ....

Love, Margherita

On a dolphin’s back
I ride my ocean of tears
she giggles me through

senryu by Margherita

I'm lost in your white softness
in your embrace of velvety pureness
I inhale your sweet fragrance
and I am born anew into Life
sharing your divine breath.

Just came across this image and could not resist sharing it with you all.
Love, Margherita Smile

On a dolphin’s back
I ride my ocean of tears
she giggles me through

senryu by Margherita
Thank you Margherita and Barbara.

The dewdrops on the petals of that delicate, pink rose fill my heart with infinite beauty.


That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.

Love, Inda


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haiku by Margherita:

Break through your sadness

like a winter rose through snow

feel the sun's warm touch!

Thank you Margherita.
Your messages unfold with beauty, like the petals of a rose.

Winter has finally left us, and spring will awaken the new rose, leaving behind the beautiful rose of the winter.

Love, Inda


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Thank you Margherita for bringing back this very beautiful topic of roses. I love your image of the winter rose.
Winter is over, but we still remember the snow covered rose.

Winter’s Rose

When heaven exhales its first icy kiss,
Upon the old sod where beneath he rests,
An ashen hand leaves a winter's rose
When heaven exhales its first icy kiss.

Upon his cold bed in mournful repose
At dawn the blade pierces her sallow breast,
When heaven exhales its first icy kiss
Upon the old sod where beneath he rests.

Upon his cold bed in mournful repose,
One final dream wooed with a lover's bliss,
To wake with the ghost of summer’s caress
Upon his cold bed in mournful repose.

A rose to her heart that heaven might bless,
Palm to smooth ivory, a tightened fist.
Upon his cold bed in mournful repose,
At dawn the blade pierces her sallow breast.

A rose to her heart that heaven might bless.
That, and the dream of a soldiers's last kiss.
Sorrow born bitter from naught she had chose,
A rose to her heart that heaven might bless.

Sorrow born bitter from naught she had chose,
Sounding a cry o'er the twilight myst,
A rose to her heart that heaven might bless,
Palm to smooth ivory, a tightened fist.

jeanne rene 8/04


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It rained last night and this morning the roses were covered in droplets. They looked very fragile and beautiful.

Vicky 2Hearts

George Eliot

You love the roses - so do I.
I wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bushes,
Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet and it would be
Like sleeping and yet waking all at once.

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This beautiful rose is blooming
in my own garden.

Love, Inda

Go not too near a House of Rose -- by Emily Dickinson

Go not too near a House of Rose --
The depredation of a Breeze --
Or inundation of a Dew
Alarms its walls away --

Nor try to tie the Butterfly,
Nor climb the Bars of Ecstasy,
In insecurity to lie
Is Joy's insuring quality.
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...The year of the rose is brief;
From the first blade blown to the sheaf,
From the thin green leaf to the gold,
It has time to be sweet and grow old,
To triumph and leave not a leaf
For witness in winter's sight
How lovers once in the light
Would mix their breath with its breath,
And its spirit was quenched not of night,
As love is subdued not of death...

From: The Year of the Rose by Algernon Charles Swinburne

I am waiting for these to open.
They sparkle and light up like the sun.
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Ernest Quost

The Rose Tree

'O words are lightly spoken,'
Said Pearse to Connolly,
'Maybe a breath of politic words
Has withered our Rose Tree;
Or maybe but a wind that blows
Across the bitter sea.'

'It needs to be but watered,'
James Connolly replied,
'To make the green come out again
And spread on every side,
And shake the blossom from the bud
To be the garden's pride.'

'But where can we draw water,'
Said Pearse to Connolly,
'When all the wells are parched away?
O plain as plain can be
There's nothing but our own red blood
Can make a right Rose Tree.'

by William Butler Yeats
Time of Roses by Thomas Hood

It was not in the Winter
Our loving lot was cast;
It was the time of roses—
We pluck'd them as we pass'd!

That churlish season never frown'd
On early lovers yet:
O no—the world was newly crown'd
With flowers when first we met!

'Twas twilight, and I bade you go,
But still you held me fast;
It was the time of roses—
We pluck'd them as we pass'd!


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A sea of broom was on the brae,
A heaven of speedwell lit the way;
But ever as I passed along
Of roses only was my song -
Roses, roses, roses!
They spread their petals, pink and white
Full stretch to feast upon the light;
They pushed each other on the spray
Like children mad with holiday -
Roses, roses, roses!

But as when summer noon is high
A fearful cloud bedims the sky,
A sudden memory of pain
Arises from the bright refrain -
Roses, roses, roses!

I watch a figure to and fro
'Mong summer roses long ago,
Herself a rose as blythe as they -
Alas! how soon they pass away -
Roses, roses, roses!

Walter Wingate

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Thank you for bringing back this thread Sue.

My roses are also blooming in the garden.


His every quality finds an expression:

Eternity becomes the verdant field of Time and Space;

Love, the life-giving garden of this world.

Every branch and leaf and fruit

Reveals an aspect of His perfection-

They cypress give hint of His majesty,

The rose gives tidings of His beauty.



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A Red, Red Rose

O my luve's like a red, red rose.
That's newly sprung in June;
O my luve's like a melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune.

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will love thee still, my Dear,
Till a'the seas gang dry.

Till a' the seas gang dry, my Dear,
And the rocks melt wi' the sun:
I will luve thee still, my Dear,
While the sands o'life shall run.

And fare thee weel my only Luve!
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile!

- Robert Burns

Look to the Rose that blows about us -- "Lo,
"Laughing," she says, "into the World I blow:
"At once the silken Tassel of my Purse
"Tear, and its Treasure on the Garden throw."

Omar Khayyam

While the Rose blows along the River Brink,
With old Khayyam and Ruby Vintage drink:
And when the Angel with his darker Draught
Draws up to Thee -- take that, and do not shrink.


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The Effect of the Draft (from The Secret Rose Garden)
by Mahmud Shabistari
(1250? - 1340) Timeline

English version by
Florence Lederer

Original Language
Muslim / Sufi

13th Century

Intoxicated from the pure draft
which I had drained to the dregs,
in the bare dust I fell.
Since then I don't know if I exist or not;
but I am not sober, nor am I ill or drunken.
Sometimes, like His eye, I am full of joy,
or, like His curl, I am waving;
Sometimes -- alas! -- from habit or nature,
I am lying on a dust heap.
Sometimes, at a glance from Him,
I am back in the Rose Garden.


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I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
- Emma Goldman

(sorry! still can't get pics to post!!)

Dearestestestest Sandy,
how(lll!) to post pics is this: Click the little green picture icon, then it'll ask you for the url, see below. I hope you don't mind I fixed your post here! Love, Teom



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Thanks Yoko!

Isn't that a great quote! It's the truth too! Hope it wasn't posted already. Went through them but didn't see it. Jewelry doesn't thrill me like roses, or any other flower, plant, grass etc! I know there are others here also who feel the same! One day I will figure out how to post the pictures. I know the ones on my computer are too large, just have to take the time to resize some to a bit smaller!
Love to you..and to all! kiss2


Thank you yoko and Sandy.

You are right Sandy, a necklace of roses is far superior to one made of stones, or whatever is in fashion.


As a lovesick nightingale, you flew among the owls.
Then came the scent of the rosegarden
and you flew off to meet the Rose.


This rose is in my garden and I thought that I had lost it, but I kept watering it and feeding it and now it has a nice tall branch with a bud. I am so happy, since it is one of my favourite roses, that has been with me for a long time.

Love, Inda

Dear Sandy, I am also very happy that your beautiful rose is on Givnology.
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The rose is a flower of love.
The world has acclaimed it for
centuries. Pink roses are for love
hopeful and expectant. White roses
are for love dead or forsaken,
but the red roses, ah the red roses
are for love triumphant.


Roses red and violets blew,
And all the sweetest flowres
that in the forrest grew.

- Quotes Edmund Spenser
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Nice of you to bring back the roses post.
They are all starting to bloom in my garden,
somewhat late this year due to the cold spring that we had.

...From th moment you came into the manifest world,
a ladder was offered for your escape.
From mineral substance you became a living plant,
and later a roving animal. Is this a secret?
Afterwards, as a human being,
you developed reason, consciousness, faith,
See how the body has risen from the dust like a rose...



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