We’re going back to the gardens today so I can share some pictures of one of my favorite flowers. Now, this could be any number of plants because my favorites in this garden number well into the hundreds. So maybe we’ll narrow down the playing field and just say it’s my favorite rose. In truth, I didn’t much care for roses until I watched Alice in Wonderland (the Tim Burton version) when it came out and then that summer when I went to the gardens, it was like I’d never seen a rose before. It had apparently been a great year for roses because they were so plentiful they perfumed the breeze. And it was then that this little rose captured my heart. Let me introduce you to “The Faun”.
Isn’t it lovely? I think it’s the most beautiful rose I’ve ever seen. Last year, Denver’s seasons were running a bit behind schedule and the roses hadn’t bloomed. So this year was even more special to see the roses after 2 years. I love the pale pink, doubled blossoms on this shrub rose. It doesn’t have much of a scent, but it makes up for it in those glorious ruffled petals that fold over each other in layer after layer. And when it’s in full bloom, you can barely see the foliage for all the pink roses covering it. It looks just like a pink carpet!
And I also love the name – Faun. It brings to mind the image of young deer traveling through misty meadows and stopping at an English cottage gate where beads of dew hang heavy on the roses that tumble over the gate. My favorite literary fawn is Mr. Tumnus from the Chronicles of Narnia, so by association, these roses have become “Mr. Tumnus’ roses” and I fancy he would have them growing in his garden once the 100-year winter gave way to summer. Perhaps he would take tea in the garden just to look at his beautiful roses, and then serenade his visitors with a tune or two on his pipes. They would all drift off to sleep on a bed of rose petals…
Blessings to you,