I took my first picture of Rosa ‘Desdemona’ when I popped in to hug some dear friends working on the David Austin rose display at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Their new white English rose for 2015 was named to commemorate one of Shakespeare’s most independent, open-hearted and gentle heroines: an inspired choice!
Large fans were keeping the air circulating in the nearby Floristry Marquee to prevent the cut flowers wilting, but there was no such luxury in the Festival of Roses Marquee. The conditions were cruelly hot for humans to endure, but to my surprise, the roses appeared to relish being held captive inside a tent on the hottest July afternoon ever recorded in England. Continue reading “Desdemona – a new white English rose for 2015”
Working with roses spurred me on to learn how to take better pictures & they still exert a fascination over me. I’m confident they will always be my muse, in the strictest sense. Continue reading “English roses: my photographic muse”
I’m sharing this gallery of English roses in shades of orange and apricot in response to the weekly photo challenge: orange. The roses featured are Continue reading “Gallery of orange English roses”
Linnaeus fell on his knees and wept for joy when he saw for the first time the long heath of some English upland made yellow with the tawny aromatic blossoms of the common furze, and I know that for me, to whom flowers are part of desire, there are tears waiting in the petals of some rose. It has always been so with me from my boyhood. There is not a single colour hidden away in the chalice of a flower, or the curve of a shell, to which by some subtle sympathy with the very soul of things, my nature does not answer.
Oscar Wilde, from De Profundis
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I immediately thought of English roses when I saw the subject for the Weekly Photo Challenge was ‘shadowed’, and set off to browse through my photo library to find some I could share. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: shadowed”