Transformation From Rosebud to Bloom (Plus Photobombing Gnome)

A rose in different stages with a gnome

A gnome has photobombed my picture that was supposed to show the transformation of a rose from bud to bloom.

Before the gnome arrived, the roses looked underwhelming, despite my best efforts. The shrub is shapely, and covered in a mass of blooms, but each rose is a dainty size, even when fully open.  

I tried again, several times, finally balancing them on a handy gap in a tower of old, cracked green painted tyres to turn the roses to face the camera. Finally, feeling a little guilty for plucking them before their prime, I recut the tiny stems and left them floating in water to keep them fresh for as long as possible. After all, they are Drift Roses. I didn’t take a picture of the rose flotilla.

Five stages of a rose opening

Wishing a very happy Thanksgiving for tomorrow to those of you who celebrate it and safe travels to everyone who is on the road or in the air, journeying home. 

25 Replies to “Transformation From Rosebud to Bloom (Plus Photobombing Gnome)”

    1. Thanks, Laurie. Having picked the flowers, I felt obliged to keep on going, putting them in different places until I got a decent shot.

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