Peace Roses Play Hard to Get

peace rose in fall
“Peace” roses in fall

Of all the roses I grow in my gardens, this is my favorite. That’s hard to be absolute about since whenever one of my rosebushes is looking outstanding and blooming her head off, I think she’s the one.

However this old rose, a grandiflora developed following the end of WWII, if kept “clean”, blooms beautifully and fragrantly all summer long. When I mention “clean”, I mean sprayed for all the fungal possibilities, watched for bugs but usually leave them be, deadheaded religiously, watered well and kept away from crowding from other neighbors that, in my garden, inevitably crowd anyway!

You love roses – so do I.
I wish the sky would rain down roses, as they rain from the shaken bush.
Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white and soft to tread on.
They would fall as light as feathers, smelling sweet,
and it would be like sleeping and like walking all at once!
~ George Eliot

rose half rose Peace
“Peace” rose
Peace roses
“Peace” rose

But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
Anne Bront├ź

"Peace" rose
“Peace” rose
Peace rose
“Peace” rose

To find the universal elements enough

to find the air and the water exhilarating

to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter

to be thrilled by the stars at night

to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring…

these are some of the rewards of the simple life. 

~John Burroughs

Art, Photography and Text by L’Adelaide, ┬ęCountryWomanPaints. All rights reserved.


32 thoughts on “Peace Roses Play Hard to Get

  1. So gorgeous I can smell them hundreds of miles away. Have a beautiful week Linda.

    1. Ah Mary, I’m so glad I was able to effectively share my love of this rose. It is such a lovely old specimen, I highly recommend it if you can find it down there. You might have better luck because of your weather. xxx and you too, have a wonderfully beautiful week.

  2. Ah, they are so beautiful dear Linda! ÔŁĄ´ŞĆÔŁĄ´ŞĆÔŁĄ´ŞĆ

  3. The rose is queen of the flowers, for me! Nice post. ­čÖé Kamila

    1. I agree, Kamila, and one I just adore… in case you couldn’t tell!

  4. Linda, I so enjoy your blog. The roses are lovely to say the least. I like the Mary Oliver quote.

    1. Thank you so much, Silvia. I don’t think there’s a Mary Oliver quote I’ve not liked, she’s so brilliant. Thank you for such a kind comment. xxx

  5. My favourites as wellÔÇŽI had them growing all over my little garden in WalesÔÇŽ.beautiful. Janet

    1. Thank you, Janet. I can only imagine what that garden in Wales must have looked, without the extremes of weather we have here in the summer. Today we went from the low 50’s to the 90’s in the span of about 5 hours!

      And LOTS of hummers too!! ­čśë

    1. Thank you kindly, Gretchen. I’m glad you liked them, I adore them obviously.

  6. The peace rose has always been one of my favorites too! A must have in the garden.

    1. I agree, Susan, a must if you can grow roses. And I think this one grows in many different climate zones. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

  7. One of the truly beautiful posts with lovely images I have seen. Also, your site is shall we say quite elegant! Now I think I will go chop wood or some manly thing for having said all that!

    1. ­čśë
      You always make me laugh, dear Switters! I hope you don’t try too hard to be ‘manly’ as I’m sure you suffice in that department. And THANK YOU for your kind comments about my blog. I try but think it just might be the flowers I can’t stop posting that make it pretty. As for the blog itself, I actually gave in and paid for this template and it has been well worth it, making me, who knows little about messing with code, practically unnecessary excepting the fun stuff, like changing the colors! xoxx

    2. Well said! I agree with L’Adelaide – you always bring laughter to my day!

  8. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous roses. I can smell them! ­čÖé

    1. Thank you back, Marion, for your kind comment. I hoped to made them as if on smellavision! ­čśë I must have succeeded!

  9. Nobody knows this little Rose —
    It might a pilgrim be
    Did I not take it from the ways
    And lift it up to thee.
    Only a Bee will miss it —
    Only a Butterfly,
    Hastening from far journey —
    On its breast to lie —
    Only a Bird will wonder —
    Only a Breeze will sigh —
    Ah Little Rose — how easy
    For such as thee to die!

    ~ Emily Dickenson

    They are so lovely to see again, sweet friend. As for the smell? Why I have some right here ÔÖí

    1. Such a lovely poem if not a tad melancholy tho not surprising given it’s author. I’m happy to hear they are still fragrant. I wish I had collected them this year but this season somehow has flown! Hoping you are well, dear Susan.

  10. My favourite too, as you know! Beautiful photos.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed these. Yes, I remembered this was your favorite. ­čśë

  11. Your photography is exquisite – I can almost feel the velvet through the cables…

    You always make my day beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca. You are so kind… have a lovely weekend!

  12. Oh, the colours of this beauty…exquisite. Its petals and the light in your photos…Now I can go to bed a happier woman. Have a great weekend!

    1. Isn’t it a lovely rose? I really mean, when it’s behaving itself, it’s one of the most spectacular of roses. However it can be a real pain…. seems a good summer for it this year. You have a great weekend too!

  13. Indeed, a beautiful rose and beautiful photo. Both show the care and love you give to them.

    1. Thank you, Gerlinde. Like I said somewhere else about my questionable photography skills, a lucky few out of dozens! But can hardly miss with the Peace rose. ­čśë

  14. It smell great from here x

    1. Heehee…. I’m so happy to read that!

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