Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

by Karen Rose Smith

My grandmother's name was Rosalie and my aunt was Rose Marie, so it was no surprise that my parents chose Rose as my middle name.  Since I was surrounded by "roses" all my life, it was only normal that I decided to use Rose for my sleuth's mother's name in my Daisy's Tea Garden mystery series (all of the female members of Daisy's family are named after flowers).  I have always loved the rose flower because of its beauty and exquisite fragrance.

The night my husband asked me to marry him, I found a diamond ring resting on a yellow rose bud on my bed when I got home from work and went to change my clothes.  My wedding flowers featured yellow rose buds, white Shasta daisies and baby's breath.

Despite their beauty, roses are not easy to grow in the garden.  Tea roses, especially, are prone to aphids, black spot and Japanese beetles.  My mother-in-law grew beautiful roses, so I knew the drawbacks, but when we purchased our own home, I wanted roses to be part of my gardens.  Knockout roses are easier to grow and provide colorful accents.  But the tea roses I have scattered around the patio, were chosen for their color, shape, fragrance and, yes, their name.       

I found Intrigue at a garden center and was taken by its purple color which changed in hue throughout the blooming stages -- from bud to full bloom.  Being an author of cozy mysteries, I felt the name perfectly encapsulated my genre as my sleuth explores the changing nuances of the mystery she is trying to solve. 

I chose Chrysler Imperial for its beautiful red flower.  The bud so closely resembles the beautiful red roses that symbolize romance and Valentine's Day.  As a romance author, Chrysler Imperial is the rose that portrays the love that blooms in each of my stories as the hero and heroine overcome obstacles to form a bond that results in their happily-ever-after.

I have always loved blue flowers because of their uniqueness in the garden.  So when I saw Blue Girl in a catalog, I instantly decided it had to be part of my blue garden that includes asters, tulips, blue bells, forget-me-nots and delphiniums. 

When I was in high school and college, I was a huge Beatles fan.  So when I saw the tag on this beautiful pink rose, I didn't give a second thought to purchasing it for my patio garden.  Paul McCartney blooms from late spring through fall.  It sometimes yields single bud but also produces multi-bud stems, both of which are perfect to enjoy inside in fresh flower arrangements.

Double Delight was one of the first roses I purchased.  I was taken by its dual colors and like the Intrigue rose, it changes colors and hues from stage to stage of its blooms.

When we added a bedroom addition to our house several years ago, I found this octagonal frosted glass rose window at the home improvement store.  The afternoon sun beams through the window and, like my outside roses, provides an array of changing colors depending on the time of the day.  In the morning there is soft muted light and, by afternoon, the sun directly beams through the window and dances across the opposite wall of the bedroom. The glass cats add color to the display.

And when winter sets in again, I will pick up bouquets of roses at the grocery store to add to my winter decor and to remind me of what an important part roses have played in my life.



Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing the story about roses. It reminded me of my grandma❤️

Lynn in Texas said...

Same here, pink roses were my grandma Dot's favorites! Your pictures are lovely, Karen!