Your three Floral Friday rose facts, taken from the Portland International Rose Test Garden website.
- The world’s largest rose-bush is located in Tombstone, Arizona. It is almost two hundred years old and is adorned with more than two hundred thousand white blooms when in full bloom. Its trunk is nearly six feet in diameter, and its branches form a canopy large enough to shelter a crowd of 150 people.
- Until the early nineteenth century, dried rose petals were believed to have mysterious powers [I still believe they do-NT]. Napoleon gave his officers bags of rose petals to boil in white wine to cure lead poisoning from bullet wounds.
- Perhaps the oldest painting in the world depicts a five-petaled pink rose. It resides in a cave on the island of Crete and dates to about 1450 BC.
The first two photographs are from that very Test Garden. The last two are from my momentary studio (one was previously published here but has been reworked some) and I assure you were not the result of teen angst devastation heartbreak; rather, I wanted to free that rambunctious color to exultant motion before it simply paled and fell. Better to…
The wakizashi might be a bit much, but you know, sometimes you just hafta throw a sword in there.