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. I really like the tires in the second photo. I think the color and textures do a good job complimenting the roses. My feeling is that when it comes to gardens gnomes can be as troublesome as rabbits.

    1. I’ve had to get used to them, otherwise I would never be able to venture into my sweetheart’s garden. He tends to re-home (or regnome) them.

    1. It’s one of the Drift series – White Drift Rose, at a guess. The stems are tiny, but they seem to last well when cut. These have been floating in water for days and are still looking fresh – all except the bud which was cut too tight, and seems to have disappeared.

    1. Thank you Margaret for being the first to speak in favour of the gnome. He’s had a hard time as he was buried in soil, yet he came out smiling.

  2. What a splendid way to begin my Thanksgiving! I have not only the joy of seeing exquisite buds but also the entertainment of the comments above, which caused me to awaken my neighbors, I fear. Thank you — and a heartfelt second to your wishes for safety for all travelers this holiday.

    1. Thanks Oddment! I hope you had a lovely first Thanksgiving in your new home. I thought of you, needless to say, when selecting the buds.

      1. So glad to be thought of while you were selecting the buds! As to Thanksgiving here, I described it to a friend as The Marx Brothers at Armageddon. What mess! But it didn’t hurt our appetites one bit, and we had a great time!

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