|Rosa 'Wild Edric'|
Because of my show at the Duthie Gallery this last week I have been unable to fill all the missing blog slots. This one in particular is being posted today May 11, and not on the April 29 date showing. But what is important is that today I noticed that in the heels of Rosa sericea subsp. omeienses var. pteracantha (the first rose to bloom in my garden this year) is the English Rose, Rosa ‘Wild Edric’. It has rugosa in it so these extremely hardy plants are usually early. But best of all they have (and Wild Edric does, too) intense fragrance. There is something about smelling my first rose of the season that is so refreshing and invigorating.
I usually suspend my scanned roses with a dark green bamboo stick over the scanner glass so that the rose almost, but not quite, touches the glass. But when I don’t, and for this scan I purposely had it a bit above, the resulting image has a painterly quality that I like. The rose looks soft and feminine (sorry any feminists out there) which belies the reality that this is a huge rose with many prickles and which I must handle with leather gloves.