More Polite than the FrenchThursday, December 05, 2019
|Rosa 'Brother Cadfael' 5 December 2019|
Today is a rainy and cold Vancouver Day. It is the kind of day that can plummet one into deep melancholy. You go out into the deck as I have today and there is Rosa 'Brother Cadfael' doing its best to bloom in December. It had one bud that was half open and five more that were closed. My melancholy disappeared as I stared at the carmine red buds of this lovely English Rose, struggling to survive and show off in spite of unfavorable conditions. It seemed to me that the least I could do was to lighten up and smile. I then reverently cut the bloom off and its two ancillary buds and scanned them.
I could be proven wrong but I do believe that unlike the French who left Spain without saying goodbye when the Iron Duke was within distance, that Brother Cadfael is far more polite. I mentally thought, "I will see you next year."
Last year at about this time it was another polite English Rose making its farewell.
It was Rosa 'Benjamin Britten'