A Selfie, The Baron & Yours TrulySunday, June 15, 2014
Depending on the day, and particularly when Rosa ‘Baron Girod de l'Ain’ is in bloom I think it is the most beautiful flower of our garden. The Baron Girod de l’Ain is a hybrid perpetual rose developed by Reverchon in 1897. The fragrant blossoms are crimson edged in white. To this I can add that the blooms smell strongly of raspberry.
I have done several scans of this rose today. Most of the blooms were slightly closed because it was a cool afternoon. But one was past its prime and in decline. I cut it as carefully as I could and scanned it with the pristine ones. Then it began to collapse. I decided to scan it exactly as it looked. Of late I have found that plants past their prime and especially Gallica roses have an extraordinary beauty. Their decline in an age of no-pore-diffuse-glow faces in women and men getting chin tucks is to me refreshing.
I used the opportunity to include myself, also in rapid decline and certainly not giving The Baron any competition. He wins hands down.