Thursday 21 April 2011

April A to Z blogging challenge Roses

Our garden is burgeoning. There are very few flowers I dislike and many, many that give me immense pleasure. Summer brings a rich diversity of blooms, their scents carried on the warm breeze - jasmine, honeysuckle, mock orange and roses.
 The roses we have work hard for their places, producing flowers, scent and colour to delight bees and butterflies and providing shelter for birds as they pick and peck among the leaves and petals for sustenance.
The late Eva Cassidy sings Rabbie Burns’ ‘My love is like a red, red rose’. Listen and enjoy. 

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

As fair art thou, my bonie lass, 
So deep in luve am I; 
And I will luve 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; 
And 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' 'twere ten thousand mile!


  1. beautiful roses. I had a rose garden (once, sigh). We chose our roses (mostly David Austin's) based on three criteria: scent, repeat flowering and disease resistance.

  2. What beautiful flowers. Mummy tries her best with gardening, but its pot luck if things grow! She has some vegetables growing this year that she is hopeful with. Me and Simba aren't holding our breath. Good job we aren't veggies hee he xx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous... pictures and words!


  4. What gorgeous flowers! We have a jasmine bush, which smells heavenly in July.

  5. Eva Cassidy -- wasn't she something??

    Love how you're referring to "summer" when I am still hoping for spring. :-) Gives me hope...


  6. Not just yet, though lots of flowers are on the point of bursting open already. It's much too early for some of them, don't you agree?

    I love Eva Cassidy and didn't think many people knew about her. Glad to see that we share good taste in singers.

  7. Nice pictures, and thanks for sharing the song.

  8. I love roses - pretty pictures! Thanks for the video.

  9. Your roses are beautiful, I can't wait for ours to start blooming.

    I adore this poem and it is even more lovely set to music.


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