Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Rose is a Rose…

But a Blaze rose is a rose and so much more.

This ruby red, climbing beauty was first introduced in 1932. It is the rose that I associate with the women who most influenced me-my grandmothers, aunts, and my mom, and I seem to remember this rose growing in every garden lovingly tended by these women.  This rose provides me with a tangible link to the past-when all of these women were still a part of my life.

I’m happy to say that I  have my very own Blaze rose, growing in my garden-carrying on the tradition.  Any other rose just wouldn't be the same.


  1. It's beautiful!

    Really? Don't change anything at all?!

  2. What a beautiful tradition, carrying on the roses ... My mother was not a gardener, but I am and love to plant Jet Star tomatoes. My daughters love them and are usually out there in the garden with me, tending the veggies, or their own Zinnia garden. I'm pretty sure they'll always have a few Jet Stars growing in their gardens throughout life, too :)

  3. Lisa-just like the Blaze rose, I thought your piece was perfect!

    Joanne-I love the tradition of the Jet Star tomatoes-it's the connections formed, past and present that mean so much with what we grow in our gardens:)

  4. I love the beautiful vibrant colour of it. It doesn't surprise me that you know how to tend to such a lovely flower. I know with certainty Amy will have these in her gardens.

  5. Thanks Kim-I would be so happy if Amy did choose to have them in her garden:) I bet she will too!