A rose is not a rose


There are roses and then there are roses. Anyone with eyeballs knows what I'm talking about. These fall into the latter category and exist on an entirely different planet than anything wrapped in say it with flowers paper and a packet of food. Dripping with petals, full of beetles and picked a moment before from the garden- these are Gertrude Stein's roses and Shakespeare's too. Do I even need to talk about the smell? It's everything.






I scoured the bushes to find the slightly past prime ones, a little rusty around the edges, just to feel okay with clipping so many. Rose thorns often carry bacteria so most every prick will develop a small infection and throb for days, it's a joint sacrifice for the both of us. I shy away from decadence in most forms, but I am powerless in front of a rose bush. I clip and clip unabashedly. The next few days are spent bringing your little bouquet from room to room as you go about your business, periodically smelling them when the scent fades from memory. 

Post-script: I have written a small piece on my girlhood fascination with roses for the newly launched book Summer Goals. Please take a look.

48 comments:

  1. Your blog never ceases to be beautiful! Your life is going in the most amazing direction right now!

    I know you've blogged about it before, but what camera do you use? Your digital pictures come out like my old 60's Pentax, and I'd love to know your secret...

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  2. Thanks Daniel! It's a canon rebel t1i and a 50mm 1.4 lens.

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  3. I've missed you...your pictures are beautiful. I think I may be warming up to the idea of fall. It's been a great summer following your blog. Sorry about your cat. Time heals all wounds...memories last forever. Hugs. Heather

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous. The roses look beautiful and I love your photography! In my mother's garden I had a rode called quatre saisons. It's an ancient, damask rose with the most heavenly perfume in the world, thick with petals... I need to get some more of those roses.

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  5. beautiful photography!

    -meesch
    http://www.aperfectkindofday.com

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  6. these are my favorite type of roses - not the typical long stem ones you find on the shelves around valentines day. these are the ones that grow wild in gardens and back yards.

    we had a couple of bushes of these at the house i grew up in and all over portland, oregon where my family lives so this post has a lot of nostalgia for me! thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. mmm, that smell is to die for. wish i had some rose bushes in my neck of the woods that were blooming right now...i can almost smell yours from here, i think... :)

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  8. Lovely post! It reminded me of my father's roses when I was growing up. He wasn't a expert cultivator and just let them grow wild. The scent was amazing and I remember that they always seemed to have that rust around the edges.

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  9. absolutely beautiful! wish I could smell them through the screen :)

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  10. Garden roses have long been a favorite of mine; I've been obsessed with them since childhood. Yours are beautiful.

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  11. I'm glad to know that I am not the only one who carries flowers from room to room. They are just too beautiful to leave in one solitary place.

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  12. Not only did we include your lovely story, Amy, but also there are a ton of your photos in the book, too! You do summer right.

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  13. these photos are something else. I love them bloomed-out and towards the end. There is so much emotion in them.

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  14. Gorgeous, putting roses on my Fall planting list!

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  15. I love roses like those. I grew up with huge plants of them at one particular house we lived in, and I always prefer these over the crisp marketed "roses".

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  16. when i lived in portland, several times a week i would walk around my neighborhood with a tote and shears, clipping roses. it never got old. i always went for the slightly rusty blooms, too. : )

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  17. Incredible. I am having a synaethesiastic smelling them right now. x

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  18. Absolutely beautiful. Such gorgeous colours.
    Sirens and Bells

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  19. I have eyeballs and I know what you are talking about!!!
    Too, too beautiful.
    I adore roses.
    Sadly the trend around these parts for new gardeners is to plant strappy-type grass arrangements (which are also lovely - but come on! Roses, people! - where are your eyeballs?)

    Sharing some of mine with you:
    http://poofanditsgone.blogspot.com/search/label/roses

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  20. i love to have roses right by my bedside so i can lift the little vase while half-asleep and wake to that amazing smell. i too move roses around from one location to the next and thought i was so unique. ha!

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  21. Yes, it's true! Lots of my photos are in the book, too : D

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  22. I very recently discovered your blog, and I just wanted to tell you how wonderful I think it is. I love your photography, your bouquets, and your lovely, lyrical writing. You have such an eye for beauty! I'm a devoted fan.

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  23. I look forward to your blog posts. I must say, I'm addicted! You post the most beautiful pics.

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  24. Gorgeous roses! You are completely right, there are roses and there are ROSES. I felt that sentence before I read it as soon as I saw the photo. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  25. I can positively SMELL THEM.

    Also, I have little tears in mine eyes for your cat. So sorry to hear that news, ladyfriend. What a lucky kitty to have you, and what a lucky you to have kitty for what is always a too-short visit with us here on earth. sending you quiet, rose water, loving thoughts.

    xo.

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  26. Love the color of those roses too!

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  27. You see so much beauty in the things that most people dismiss. My hat is off to you Ms Merrick.

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  28. my husband is a gardener - and the best part of summer to me is when he brings home the ripe roses - the ones that last headily for a day and then expire in a cascade of fragrant petals. rejoice.

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  29. my mother back home loves to have rose bushes but we will always assist her. she does not allow us. she has green thumb. so when i arrived here i made it a hobby to take care of my boss' garden and she is satisfied. guess i owe it from my mother...

    JJRod'z

    ps. wonderful pics and post...

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  30. I'm sure you have little time for such frivolities, but I was given a Versatile Blogger award, and protocol dictates that I pass it on to 15 others...so I am passing it onto you! I love your blog :)

    http://eleni-drinks-tea.blogspot.com/2011/09/versatile-blogger.html

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  31. What a great discovery ... nice photos, cool flowers ...
    See you soon. Carreco, passionate and garden decor.

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  32. Beautiful roses in all their delicious maturity- -always a delight to visit here-

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  33. That kind of roses is my favorite, thank you for these pics!

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  34. I also love this kind of roses, English Roses!! In my garden are crowing over 50 of it.
    you look here:
    http://pomponetti.blogspot.com/2011/06/rosengarten.html
    or
    http://pomponetti.blogspot.com/2011/06/neues-herz.html
    You have wonderful pics and flowers on your blog ♥
    Wish you a wondeful sunday!

    Christel

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  35. your blog is wonderful and your pictures are magical
    ♥-Doris

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  36. So gorgeous. The colours go so beautifully together. If only I could keep a bouquet like that in my room!

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  37. Lovely pics to see,,, hobbies can be pursuied in all way..


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  38. Your posts are so beautiful! I love coming to visit. Thanks for sharing,

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  39. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    WHAT DO YOU USE FOR A CAMERA?!

    HUGS FROM MY HEART

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