|Rosa 'Susan Williams-Ellis' 22 November 2022|
We get all excited in a spring rose garden when the first one blooms.
I like to be a contrarian in stating that I get excited about the last bloom. In my garden it happened on 22 November 2022.
I have written many times about white roses and linked the scanographs to poems, particularly with that of Argentine Jorge Luís Borges. Below are some of the links.
Today I want to place here a poem I did not know existed until I located it thanks to the better library catalogue that is Google. Below the poem ,I will continue with this blog on some of my further associations at spotting the rose.
The Last Rose of Summer – Thomas Moore - 1779-1852.
Tis the last rose of Summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rose-bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes
Or give sigh for sigh!
I’ll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o’er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay,
And from Love’s shining circle
The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered,
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
It was in 1987 that my Rosemary informed me that we were going to a meeting of the Vancouver Rose Society at VanDusen’s Floral Hall. I sat on an uncomfortable chair and watched 100 terrible slides of roses. I pointed this out to her but she said nothing. After having gone to a few more meetings featuring the humour, from the back of the room, of Irskine McPherson I forgave Rosemary.
Roses became a mutual interest in our lives until she died December 9, 2020.
When I spotted English Rose, Rosa ‘Susan Williams-Ellis’ it confirmed for me that I should have never been tricked into realizing that this white rose and most others while they may look delicate and feminine are tough, too.
And so this rose for me represents my memory of that first Rosemary I spotted in Mexico City in 1967.
|1969 - Botanical Garden of the University of Mexico - Photograph Andrew Taylor|