Instagram is alive with photos of roses right now and for people living in the Macedon, Trentham and Daylesford area, it feels like 2019 is a blooming good year for roses!
We are loving our rose experience at Mistover. The blooms are huge and plentiful and the perfume of scented roses surrounds you in many parts of the garden. The montage above is a small snapshot of the colourful display we enjoy each morning.
Of course, roses have long been the inspiration of writers and poets. Some of our best known poets write of the passing grandeur of the rose's beauty or the sting of the thorn. It is often the metaphor for love's complicated joy and sadness.
Dorothy Parker was an American writer, poet, satirist and civil rights activist. If you don't know her story, here's a Wikipedia entry about her achievements. She was a dynamic woman who stood up for what she believed in.
In this poem, she describes her cynicism after she receives that predictable gift of love
- a rose.
One Perfect Rose Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967)
A single flow'r he sent me, since we met. All tenderly his messenger he chose; Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet - One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret; 'My fragile leaves,' it said, 'his heart enclose.' Love long has taken for his amulet One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet One perfect limousine, do you suppose? Ah no, it's always just my luck to get One perfect rose.
If you want to read more Dorothy Parker poetry, try her collected poems.
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