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Languages and Roses

April 7, 2015 7 Comments

yellow rose

yellow rose

blooming in unison with stars, moons and constellations

each petal says something unique as it opens to the sun

fleeting art of the garden speaks directly to the soul

translation is not needed or available for the subtle message

of color, light, scent, flavor and soft petals dropping to the ground

pink sister and red red roses

pink sister and red red roses

red red rose

red red rose

 

NaPoWriMo 2015

NaPoWriMo 2015

To ride the poetry train in April check the poet participants’ sites here.

Rosalia, Holiday of Roses

June 4, 2014 4 Comments

The rose has been celebrated for fragrance and beauty. It is a symbol of the goddess Aphrodite.  The Romans used garlands of roses and violets to commemorate the dead.  Rosalia was a time to decorate with roses to show respect for the ancestors.  The rose originated in Arabia where it was cultivated for perfume as well as for landscaping purposes.  Crusaders brought plants back with them when they returned to Europe.  This very popular flower continues to captivate our attention in gardens and in perfumery.  The symbolic power of the rose is still in use as well.  I found a Rosalia party in Maine, here in the US.  The Maine folks will make a batch of rose mead, among other DIY rose products.  Here are a few ways I have found to include roses in my life:

  • rose flower water in cooking and cosmetics
  • rose petals in bath sachets
  • rose flower essence
  • roses in tea
  • roses as ingredient in bitters
  • cut flowers

The roses I cultivate are Lady Banksia, or Tombstone roses that spread and like the very hot climate in Tucson.  In season they yield many small white and pink flowers that I use for making flower essence.  They are fragrant, and in an essence, very tasty.  I drink the essence straight up rather than preserve it with alcohol.  The taste is delicious.  Many hybrid roses are without scent, so I usually prefer the old style, strong smelling, varieties.  To preserve that smell for later use, simply spread the petals out in a single layer and dry on a basket in the dark until dry.  I store herbs in paper bags or glass jars. The scent lasts longer if you use glass.

Haiku

April 17, 2013

roses

roses

roses

Today is National Haiku Poetry Day.

Daylight springs

Scent travels fast

Morning blast

If you have not written poetry this may be the day it is easy to become a poet.  Try your hand. You have nothing to loose. Nobody can make you publish it.  Pay attention. Be amazed. Tell the story.

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