Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Time To Smell The Roses

Perfumed Roses

I am so enjoying the gardens here - particularly the roses - something I am not usually a fan of. Generally they seem to have little appeal unless in a big bunch given as a gift. I think my change of heart is due to the fact that the roses here are all of the old fashioned variety and highly perfumed. It is impossible to walk through a garden without a wonderful overpowering aroma.

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Gather Ye Rosebuds
J. W. Waterhouse 1909

Robert Herrick

To The Virgins, To Make Much Of Time
Robert Herrick
1591 - 1674
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he ‘s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he ‘s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may, go marry:
For having lost but once your prime,
You may forever tarry.

Gather Ye Rosebuds


  1. wonderful photos thought i could smell the roses here !!!

  2. Lovely. Can you see the eclipse?

  3. Now I need to go and watch Dead Poet's Society again!

  4. Pretty roses and lovely verses. Glad you are enjoying your gardening!

  5. Oh, what beautiful old fashioned roses! I can almost smell their surely intoxicating fragrance all the way over here. Enjoyed the poem. :-)


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