June is dissolving like sugar water, creating and leaving behind sweet visions in the same moment. Roses bud, open and are gone before they can be properly captured on film. Choosing the camera when the ambiance of the garden is so delightful without the artificial filter of its lens is difficult, but the gardener is driven to share.
Sonia is a remarkably lovely rose. I remember her well from my florist days in the 1970s, when California was the main provider and a perfect rose was still rare. When bunches and bundles of perfectly formed roses, each on its long, straight stem arriving at the wholesaler's from South America were still a future away, Sonia was a delight to work with. I still love her classically beautiful form.
Angel Face is a favorite, though she does not thrive in my garden. The grafted plants I have faithfully produce but a few flowers each season. I would like to try her on her own root.
Angel Face is forever charming. The lovely scent is worth every fleeting moment I have with her.
Chicago Peace is paler this year. He is producing like a brave convalescent recovering from a harsh virus, but the winter certainly took its toll, and the plant is smaller than it has been for years due to winter die back.
Chicago Peace is a brave soldier
|Chicago Peace is beautiful and bright though slightly pale from the harsh winter.|
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