Roses in full bloom. Last week we went to the Biltmore Estate specifically to see the rose gardens. It was the weekend for the International Rose Trials. And we were not disappointed. The day was quite hot, overcast, and humid. For the first time in my memory there was not even a small breeze. But we were not there for the weather. We were there for the roses.
Kahlil Gibran said,
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns,
The pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the roses.
We were not oblivious to the roses. And since one is obviously forbidden to touch them, we didn't even think about thorns. In the age of digital photography, one cannot stop taking pictures. Far too many to share, so I will show you a sampling of the gardens.
One single beautiful rose
I especially love the "old world roses." The roses in this part of the garden are from centuries-old stock.
Lots of climbing roses, displayed in beautiful forms
Of all sizes and colors
And each one lovely
We wandered above the rose garden and found more beautiful flowers.
I especially loved the pansies. Such sweet little flowers
A person could spend hours admiring the gardens
Despite the oppressive weather, we had a great time. And the weather made the ice cream all the more delicious. After all, what's a visit to the Biltmore Estate without a stop at the dairy bar?