My love affair with roses started when I was a teenager and a wonderful friend brought me a big, beautiful bokay of roses she picked from her mother’s garden. I was recovering from minor surgery that I won’t bore you with, but what I remember most about the experience is the gift of roses. The fact that they were not purchased but hand picked for me just blew me away. I remember how wonderful they smelled.
I was already familiar with that fragrance because in my great grandmothers yard were big thorny bushes that smelled just like those hand-picked pretties. However, I never remember my great grandmother picking any of her roses, they were just a living fence between her and her neighbors. I can only imagine how many bokays could have been created out of those large bushes.
The memory of those fragrant roses sent me in search of Old Garden Roses. Without the internet is was a bit harder to “track” them down but I found them! Some @ Roses of Yesterday and Today! I can still remember the first catalog from them. I was totally enchanted with the rose pictures, the rose names, the rose history and, most of all–their promise of fragrance!
The most fragrant roses in my garden are the Hansa and Roseraie de ‘L Hay. Amazing is the bokay that holds a few of those. They can perfume an entire room.
I am more than excited when the growing season comes. I not only love tending my 175+ roses and their companions, but one my life’s greatest pleasures is creating bokays to share. And, re-reading the history behind the roses, well that is incredibly fun too!
Have you been inspired by someone’s gift to you?
Above is another gift I received … it includes a dirt drawer! Read about it here…
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