Monday, October 15, 2007

How Does My Garden Grow?

Pretty Good At The Moment, I Guess

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


As the days get longer and the weather gets progressively warmer, the roses are really coming along nicely. As always, the ones that get the afternoon sun are the early bloomers. I have a theory about highly scented roses - and I'd like to have your opinion as well. I reckon the roses with the most distinct perfume do not last as long in vases as those with a less distinct aroma. Do you agree with my theory?

16 comments:

Les Becker said...

I don't know about your theory - the only roses I see in vases any more are from flower shops, and sadly, don't seem to smell much of anything.

I have discovered, however, an addiction to taking pictures of ANY flowers with my camera - to the point that I'm rarely snapping anything else. Any idea how to break this habit? I'm absolutely bored with myself!

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Forced roses, those bred for a vase, have no perfume, but a longer shelf life. I think we both know which variety we much prefer..

Beautiful shot.

Pijush said...

Wonderful, truly wonderful capture David. I have no clue about the theory.

indicaspecies said...

What a beautiful shot! I don't know about your theory either but am sure these roses smell wonderful. :)

Nessa said...

Those roses are beautiful. Roses smell best on the bush.

Melissa said...

Beautiful photo David! The roses are just lovely!

eric1313 said...
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eric1313 said...

I agree, and it has a lot to do with hybridizing and engineering that botanist do with them. They get the olfactory outputs to climb to a maximum, but the cells have less stored energy for preservation, that they naturally had to preserve their seed through long cold seasons.

I'm sure the industry doesn't mind roses that last only a few days instead of up to two weeks if you change the water and put nutrients into it. I know a guy who works as a florist, and my grandmother was a farmer and gardener for her wealthy neighbors in Tennessee. One told me, the other corroborated.

Great luck with your novel, David, You're living the dream.

Peace.

Catmoves said...

shrink is right David.
The principle operating the floral business is sell, sell, sell. Whatever makes a dollar is the way it should be.
That's not a true complaint (I think) just an explanation. See eric1313 post.
No matter. It's a beautiful shot. Thank you.

qofd said...

I would have no idea whether your theory is correct or not since I've never grown a rose. But this photo has inspired me to try.

Jeni said...

I've never had an opportunity to do a sniff test on rose so have no clue. My nose probably wouldn't discern any difference there anyway. I just like to look at the roses for the color and beauty as it is.

Bradley's Mom said...

Hi David:

Once again, you have captured the beauty of the roses so exquisitely!

I can almost smell them right through the computer!!

They are gorgeous!

Linda

~**Dawn**~ said...

Photos of roses always make me smile. They remind me, immediately, of my Gram. So thank you for the smile this morning, David. =)

David said...

Nice photo. It certainly is nice to see the fruits of Spring here in Australia. I'm not sure about your theory - we just grow "natural" roses at home here and rarely buy any.

Eve said...

Probably due to have so many faces jammed into their petals for a sniff.

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