Monday, January 28, 2008

Wildflowers In Winter #2

The them for Week 2 of Wildflowers In Winter is an image of a winter flower in your area.

This is my Glamis Castle rose which is named after the castle that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother grew up in and is over 600 years old and is even mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth. (Pronounced "glarms")

This is what the castle looked like June of 1994 when my "English Mum", Lily took me to Scotland for a week for my 28th birthday. Best birthday present I ever had! :o) We toured inside the castle and it is quite interesting with lovely grounds that have both elements of an English estate garden and local farm life!

This is me and Bev, my other English friend standing in front of one of the castle doors. I love to photograph windows and doors, especially ones with unique and quaint features such as this. These were scanned from slides and are not very clear (though they are in the originals).

All the roses in my front are planted purposefully and I chose the Glamis Castle rose, an heirloom variety, to remember special times with special people. The other day it looked beautiful with just a slight blush of pink on its petals and rain drenching it. That's one thing I will miss about living in California after we leave - how easy it is to grow roses! Not many places have roses blooming in for Christmas and New Year!


Donna B said...

That rose is just lovely. The picture just tugs at my heart somehow.

Wool Winder said...

Very pretty! I love the story behind the rose too.

Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

What a lovely story to go along with your winter rose.

I enjoyed reading your entry.
Barb-Harmony Art Mom

mjd said...

Your rain-drenched rose is beautiful. A trip to Scotland is a wonderful birthday present.

Pamela said...

our roses looked like that in November.

Lovely !!

Marguerite said...

The rain drenched rose is lovely. Great pictures as always on your blog.

Also your writing is always so organized and professional. Have you ever been published?

How wonderful to have flowers in winter. Doesn't happen in Michigan. On a beautiful winter day we get the sun shining on snow and ice and everything looks like a fairyland. But those days are rare. Normally the sun does not shine, the days are short, things are dreary, and we need to create our own beauty.