The Scented Garden - Roses
|My Sweet Rose|
John Wm. Waterhouse
The fragrance of the sweetest rose is beyond any other flower scent, it is irresistable, enthralling; you cannot leave it. I have never doubted the rose has some compelling quality not shared by other flowers. I do not know whether it comes from some inherent witchery of the plant, but it certainly exists. (Alice Morse Earl)
|Rose - Zephyrine Drouhine|
A single flow'r he sent me,
since we met,
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet -
One perfect rose.
|Gather Ye Rosebuds while ye may|
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying
John Wm. Waterhouse
Elusive, mysterious, the fragrance of roses and the romance surrounding it, is legendary. Cleopatra supposedly entertained Mark Anthony in a room filled with 18 inches of rose petals, and the sails of her ship were soaked with rose water so that 'the very winds were lovesick'.
|Rose - Albertine|
Which is loveliest in a rose?
Its coy beauty when it is budding,
or its splendour when it blows?
In general, the most highly scented roses are the ones that are either darker in colour, have more petals to the flower, or have thick velvety petals. Rose fragrance will be strongest on warm, sunny days when the soil is moist, because that is when the production of the scent ingredients increases. Often a rose that was fragrant in the morning is no longer so by the afternoon.
|Rose - name unknown|
The rose looks fair,
but fairer we it deem for that
which doth in it live
(William Shakespeare - Sonnet 54)
As you can see from the pictures, all the scented roses in my garden are pink, and very similar in colour. They are all highly fragrant and this is why I chose them. What cottage garden would be complete without scented roses.
|Rose - Gertrude Jekyll|
Though youth gave love and roses,
Age still leaves us friends and wine.