10 Favorite Garden Roses

Queen Elizabeth Rose

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

 

 

This past week has been a chaotic and heart-breaking one, in terms of the world around us. From the terrifying scenario playing out in Ferguson, Missouri, to the war-torn Middle East, Iraq, and Ukraine, to the awful havoc wreaked by Ebola in Western Africa, and a quake in California, the earth and the humans who inhabit it are having a bit of a time. It is heart-breaking.

And yet, there is still beauty to be found.

For all the chaos, there is order. For all the hatred, there is kindness. For all the darkness, there is light.

It is up to us to find that beauty, to hold onto it, and share it.

For in finding beauty, we find healing.

And in healing, we find peace.

My backyard garden this July
My backyard garden this July

I spend a lot of time in the warm months outside in my garden. I love the breeze as it sways in the trees, the sunlight as it sets and paints the flowers gold, and the beat of the hummingbirds as they zip around the flowers to find the sweetest nectar.

Yes, there is much beauty to be found. Some of my favorites? My garden roses …

10 Favorite Garden Roses

Here are some of my favorite photographs I’ve taken of my favorite roses, along with quotes I love.

Meilland Rose
Francis Meilland Rose

 “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dick Clark Rose
Dick Clark Rose

 “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” – John Muir

Queen Elizabeth Rose
Queen Elizabeth Rose

 “We need beauty because it makes us ache to be worthy of it.” – Mary Oliver

America Climbing Rose
America Climbing Rose

 “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

Peace Rose
Peace Rose

“The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.” – George W. Curtis

Baronne Prevost Rose
Baronne Prevost Rose

 “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”  – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Double Delight Rose
Double Delight Rose

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” – Alfred Austin

Peter Mayle Rose
Peter Mayle Rose

 “The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jeanne LaJoie
Jeanne LaJoie

 Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting — a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

New Dawn
New Dawn

What are your favorite roses? Do you have one you grow which you love, fragrance, form, or color? (Roses are my favorites. Thanks for sharing!)

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

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12 thoughts on “10 Favorite Garden Roses

  1. The rose photos are so vivid that I almost feel like they’re right in front of me. But that garden shot… really represents summer to perfection. Absolutely gorgeous. I haven’t heard the Emerson quote before about beautiful, but it really strikes me where I need it today. Thank you.

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  2. Thanks for the beautiful healing words images. I agree with taking a pause amidst all the worries of the world to appreciate peace, truth and beauty. This is an inspiring post for sure.

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  3. You have a terrific variety of roses in your garden. They are all beautiful, but I think the Queen Elizabeth rose is especially appealing to me.

    Congratulations on your photography achievements (in your previous post). How wonderful that your images are going to grace these publications.

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    1. Queen Elizabeth is quite the stunner, and she is technically a climber. This year is the 2nd year for it in this garden, and next year, I think I’ll have to construct something for Queen Elizabeth to climb — she’s getting tall!

      Thank you so very much, Jackie. I appreciate your kind words and support! xo

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  4. As your apt quotes state – beauty is a gift and an inspiration. Your awesome garden photos capture the gift and give the inspiration.

    Yes, this is a worrisome time. Having been born and raised in St.Louis where I enjoyed the great beauty of its many parks and its botanical gardens, it has been sad to see a militarized police force bearing down on its citizens. I pray that they, too, can access the natural beauty that you so expertly captured in your photos and that is available to them in St.Louis, and that they could be inspired to work together.

    Thank you for sharing the joy that you take being witness to this wide world and its many manifestations of magnificence.

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  5. I loved your photos as well! I wanted to share the name of a rose I learned of this summer while visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in NYC…”Jude The Obscure”…really beautiful peach/yellow and the most exquisite lemony/rose fragrance I have ever experienced. I hope to add it to my garden at some point…definitely my favorite (at least for now)
    And to couple this post and the reading one, here is a quote I have stenciled in our library… “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” -Cicero…
    Happy reading and gardening!!

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    1. I have seen Jude the Obscure before — it’s one of the English Roses. Yes, I hope you do get to add it to your garden, and that it thrives and gives you fragrant bouquets to enjoy. There is so much to enjoy in a rose.

      And, I love Cicero’s quote. How apt and true! One of my friends regularly nudges me to create a book of photography and quotes (which I hope to get to do sometime). This quote will have to be part of it. Thank you, Felicia!

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