Monday, August 05, 2019

Peace Rose: A Notecard Set

Some years ago now, a lovely blogging friend Vee hosted a Notecard Party. It was held once a month, and the rule, as I recall, was that participants were to create a blog post featuring a collection of four photos they'd published in past blog posts. It was such fun to search for photos that would make a compatible foursome. I always loved seeing the creativity of other bloggers. As things go, the Notecard Party was eventually disbanded. I was sorry to see it go.

For today, I'm resurrecting the Notecard idea. My mom's Peace Rose, which currently lives in our garden and is overwintered in our garage, has been in its glory this past week. Having bloomed in early June, Peace Rose took several weeks to regroup, and despite all the rain we've had this summer, she has given us another sublime showing over the last few days. Perfectly-formed buds opening into blossoms surrounded by glossy, bug-free leaves. 

Here in Alberta, we never take for granted any roses that make it through winter and start growing in people's gardens come spring. I never tire of watching roses in bloom, and I never tire of taking yet another photo, just in case I didn't get every angle.

The Peace rose, formally Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland', has large flowers of a light yellow to cream colour and are slightly flushed with crimson-pink at the petal edges. The rose over the decades has become a symbol of hope around the world. I think we all could use some hopeful thoughts for better days, in light of this past weekend's terrible events. If you haven't heard of Peace Rose's famous history, you are welcome to read about her HERE.

I dedicate this post to my mom, since it is her rose (we're happily the caretakers) and since Mom is a 'beautiful rose' in her own right. And now, in four delightful stages, I give you... 

Peace Rose: A Quartet

Where you tend a rose, my lad,
a thistle cannot grow.”

God gave us memories that we
might have roses in December.

The Rose is without an explanation;
She blooms, because She blooms.

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies.
Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential.
It seems to be constantly in the process of change:
Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.

A rose must remain with the sun and the rain
or its lovely promise won’t come true.

* * *

Aren't you glad for eyes to see such exquisiteness? And what about noses to smell? Her fragrance is like a whisper -- one must lean in close to catch the scent -- the way a woman's perfume ought to be, not overwhelming, just a hint on the breeze . . . soft and sweet and intimate.

On that note, dear friends, I'm wishing you a beautiful day.



  1. A beautiful post and a beautiful rose!
    It made my heart sing!

  2. All the beauty of the world and heaven encapsulated in a single rose, she is exquisite! You've really captured her essence in your lovely photos and words!

  3. That is a gorgeous rose! What wonderful quotes, I especially like the one by Paulo Coehlo. Excellent!

    I've been missing Vee's notecard party, too. That's where I met many wonderful blogging friends.

  4. Oh Brenda, such a lovely post with most exquisite flowers-----roses. How can anything be so beautiful? Lovely, lovely, lovely. Susan

  5. Words, picture and thought are "picture perfect".
    I enjoy when someone acknowledges and appreciates their parents. We need to do that more often!

  6. Such loveliness in your "note cards" this morning! That is certainly a beautiful rose and I love that it belongs to your mom. Special in many ways!

    Like Deanna, I "met" many of my blogging friends through Vee's note card parties. They were delightful!

  7. Bren, just beautiful. Love your glorious peace rose and all the lovely quotes. I know your rose is an absolute treasure to you. I am sure the rose knows that as well.

    Have a lovely week my friend, full of blessings and joy.

  8. Every garden needs a Peace rose, I think. Mine is continuing to flower , just a couple of blooms at a time now. I'm glad you have such a lovely rose.

  9. Gorgeous, gentle and so sweet is the Peace Rose. Your photos are amazing, capturing all the beauty,except for the scent.

  10. Hello Brenda - I don't think I've commented here before though I often visit via Brenda Nuland's blog.

    Your beautiful rose brought to mind a lovely book about the Peace Rose. It's called "For Love of a Rose: The Creation of the Peace Rose" by Antonia Ridge. I think you would enjoy it.


  11. I don't recall the notecard memes, but I'm glad you resurrected it for these gorgeous flowers. I'm especially partial to yellow roses because I love yellow.

  12. Oh these are GLORIOUS! I loved Vee’s Notecard Party and participated often. I think we need to encourage her to resurrect it when she’s feeling chipper again!

  13. Your 'notecards' are so lovely! Makes me want to join in, that is, if I had a blog. :)

  14. The peace rose is my absolute favorite. So lovely, and your pictures pay her tribute. xo

  15. Brenda - the peace rose is just beautiful. I love the notecard party idea. Thanks for sharing yours. That last photo from 2017 is just gorgeous. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Hugs!

  16. Heavens! How did I miss this? Well now, those roses are exquisite and are perfect for both a note card party AND real notecards. Do consider that!

  17. I'm amazed by the power
    god has given a flower
    to make an ordinary day
    seem so bright and gay.

  18. What a beauty the peace rose is! Love all the quotes and your pictures really are lovely! I love all roses but I do have my favourites. The notecard party is such a lovely idea. It seems there are fewer and fewer parties/memes these days. They are a lot of work. I've had three over the years I have been blogging. Thank you for a beautiful post and enjoy the long weekend. Joy to you...Sandi

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