Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Roses Everywhere

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

Roses everywhere
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?


Mary Lee said...

You don't happen to know what the pink climber is, do you? I'd love to find one that blooms all summer.

Mary Lee said...

You don't happen to know what the pink climber is, do you? I'd love to find one that blooms all summer.

Cheryl said...

Roses, we all love them. Romantic, delicate, and most of all the fragrance.
Is there anything more delightful than a garden filled with roses and lavender.

I wish we had the weather for ice cream :)

Barbara Rogers said...

So glad you got to enjoy the flowers. Did some of them smell delicious?

Carolina Linthead said...

Delightful! I have no idea what you're talking about, re: digital photography *ahem...says the guy who takes hundreds of photos a month* Thanks for sharing these!

Arkansas Patti said...

The smell must have been divine. Love that perfect rose shot.

Anonymous said...

There is something about roses that is always so evocative to me. They are so beautiful and fragrant. When I was young we had a climbing rose next to the back door, and a robin came year after year and built her nest in it. It was magical! Love seeing these photos. So beautiful there.

Ginnie said...

Thanks for taking us along on your journey ... the roses and the setting are gorgeous.


Beautiful! Roses are indeed gorgeous!

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Mary Lee - I don't know but next time we're over there I will check the name.

B. Rogers - Yes, there was a nice fragrance, especially from the old world roses.

Tara said...

someday, I hope to make it to the Biltmore estate, in the blooming season. Our parks in Sacramento are bursting with roses, our weather here suits them perfectly.

Beautiful photos! Have a wonderful weekend.

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