Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks For Love And Gardens

The rose.
I cannot think of another flower that has the power of a rose.

Whether a single bloom, 

a dozen,

 or a field full,

nothing says it the same: I love you, 

Be Mine.

And, of course, there's the 'I'm sorry' bouquet.

So, while much of the USA is currently under unusually early blankets of November snow and an arctic blasts from the north,

let's take a break from weather reality and, albeit briefly,
fall under the spell of the one of the best rose gardens in the country.

The International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon is an elegantly designed garden, surrounded by tall shrubs and evergreens. I'm thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend, that I live on the west coast, with mild weather year round.

On a road trip from San Diego to Seattle this past summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to garden hop along the way. It was my first visit to this garden.

If you really are a rose lover, this is the one to see. 

Gorgeous blooms.

Trellises, leafy shrubs are studded with blooms. Grandifloras, and hybrids

 with meticulous borders

and a green arena. 
Despite the fabulous roses at this garden, I admit this was my favorite view.

I'm thankful for inspired garden designers and the beauty of nature.
I'm thankful for gardens, plants and blooms. They take me away to another place and 
bring joy to my day.

And I am so thankful for the love in my life.

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  1. Dear Jeannine, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! I couldn't agree more, the rose is simply special. I loved seeing your photos from the Rose Garden in Portland. I have been there once but at that time the roses were only "pruned sticks", but even then I realized that this garden has a fabulous layout. Of course, it is so much nicer to visit the garden when it is in full bloom as you did. Thanks for this lovely post, just what I needed before starting the Thanksgiving cooking ;-)! Warm regards,

    1. Hi Christina! You would love it here. You have to go back when everything is in bloom! Hope you are well and enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner. Jeannine

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones Christina :) enjoy the holidays!


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