I love this rose, its a David Austin English rose called "Brother Cadfael." I planted it deliberately by the front door of our house, because of its deliciously sweet scent, and its relatively thorn-free stems, not to mention the constant show of flowers from May through to October.
As you can see, we are not the only admirers of this beauty.. We took several photo's during the summer of "froggy" hitching a ride on Brother Cadfael, he spent weeks on end, tucking himself into one multi-petaled nest after another. I wondered if perhaps he too was a rose connoisseur and appreciator of beauty?
I end this post with a little ecstatic poetry on the subject of Love & Roses , courtesy of the Sufi poet Hafiz... (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)
It Felt Love
Did the Rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
We all remain