Rosa 'Chapeau de Napoleón' & Celia Duthie On ElbaSaturday, September 15, 2007
This old moss rose reminds me of my friend Celia Duthie. The rose is sometimes called Chapeau de Napoleón because it resembles his tri cornered hat. It reminds me of Celia because I feel that she is in exile on Saltspring Island. She is away from Vancouver where she was one of the women that made our city a vibrant one. We need women like Celia I think of her as being in exile on Elba. She is bound to return.
When you rub your fingers on the "moss" of this rose your fingers smell, startingly, of pine resin.