Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Old-Fashioned Rose Garden

I recently visited the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum in Jackson, Mississippi, and "took time to smell the roses" in the lovely rose garden while I was there. (If you would like to read my post about the Ag Museum, you can click on the above link.)

The rose garden is sponsored by the Mississippi Old Garden Rose Society, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit.

It was a warm Spring day, and as I walked among the roses, their heavenly scent engulfed me.

I wish I could have captured their fragrance with my camera, too.

I am not an expert on roses, but I love them, and especially enjoy photographing them.

Here are some of the pictures I captured during my tour (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like to get a closer look):

First Light Rose ...

This delicate little rosebud was truly exquisite ...

These beautiful pink roses were as big as saucers ...

I believe this next rose is called Cherry Parfait ...

The red roses were such a lush, bright, velvety red that it was difficult to capture their true beauty and richness with my camera.

I found a little lagniappe in this bloom — the honey bees were out enjoying the roses, too.

While doing some research for this post, I discovered that the rose is our national flower. I wasn't aware of that, but I think it's very appropriate. Roses are truly one of God's greatest masterpieces, and I am so pleased that I was able to forever capture the beauty of these roses in my pictures.


Marlene said...

I'm fairly sure that I could smell the delicate fragrance of each and every one of those roses...oh, the power of suggestion. My husband and I spent a lovely bit of time last evening going through your photo album and he was as taken with your "lagniappe" as I have always been. Thank you, Janie!

racheld said...

I SO love the old floribundas!! That was the rose garden I grew up with; my Mammaw plowed and worked her roses just like the big kitchen garden out back.

You just have such a way with memories---creating them and bringing them back.

Merisi said...

Thank you for this beautiful foray into late spring (at least for me here, roses are not in bloom yet)! As I scrolled along the roses, I could not help thinking that there were probably the same ones in Vienna's Rose Garden, formerly part of the Imperial Palace gardens.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I could smell that first yellow rose in my mind. It has a rich aroma if it's the one I think it is, and I could also smell the red one. My mother grew those when I was young. Thanks for taking us along. The roses were lovely.


Sheila :-)

Sue said...

I can just smell the fragrance of these roses Janie, I would have had a hard time leaving. I also didn't know that the rose was our national flower, but I am so glad that it is, as always your photography is beautiful.