Rose Forever

CXXIX.

To Lovers of Rosebuds


Do not grab a rosebud;

Thorns await impatience.

The rose

Unfolds

Its petals

As it will.

You can prompt it not.

If you try to capture it,

The only play of colors

You'll achieve

Are the rips and tears

In your own hands.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


Tomorrow


Do roses wait to bloom

When buds outgrow

Their casings

Then wait until tomorrow,

To disappear?

When is that? And where?

It is not here.

I've not been there.

Have you?


Perhaps someday

We'll find a magic land

Where tomorrow

No longer hides away in future

Nor roses' blooms shrink back

In winter.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay



Source

Dewy Petals


Ah! Dewy petals

Wrapt 'round

Inner bud,

Waiting to start,

To burst

Into a fragrant

Rose,

Destined

To grace

Its place

And tell

Its tale of hope

To parched

Awaiting hearts

In need.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

11-23-12

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The Importance of the Rose

Does A Rose


Does a rose

Feel these sensations

As it unfolds,

Peeling off the petals

One by one,

Letting them

Curl

Soften

Age

And fade

And finally fall away?

Does it feel like minutes

Or eternities?

Does Time escape

And rape

Away its life?

Or

Is it given gracefully –

In love?


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The rose is from a jigsaw puzzle.  The presentations are mine.
The rose is from a jigsaw puzzle. The presentations are mine.

Champion


Champion of champions!

Converting thickened clouds

To dancing beams

Of glorious light,

Aerating musky parts

Again to freshness

Convincing doubtful hearts

That they can smile,

Directing streams

That they can flow and sparkle,

One more time

To nourish poets' dreams

Of peace.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay

11-23-12

from my archives. . .
from my archives. . .
















To think of spontaneity

Is to obstruct it.

To remember it

Is to undo it.

It is pure experience,

Present-tense,

Sufficient in itself.

To live spontaneously

Must happen

Every moment.

Perhaps it is

The real eternity.


______© Nellieanna H. Hay


The Rose

Thank you, Martie!

These lovely roses require less than 4 hours sunlight and are  hardy in hostile conditions.
These lovely roses require less than 4 hours sunlight and are hardy in hostile conditions. | Source

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Beautiful Hub, Nellieanna. Sitting in room this afternoon watching a Pacific storm roil the sea, then reading of the beauty and timeliness of roses is a wonderful juxtaposition.

I love the poem dealing with spontaneity as well. "To live spontaneously must happen every moment." What a great line.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

This is exquisite my friend! A lovely way to end my day, and I thank you.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Jim! I appreciate your being the first to comment - and such a lovely comment it is! I'm so glad it felt like a wonderful juxtaposition to your weather.

I noticed that weather up your way in the PNW was really glum looking on the whole-country map. As for our weather, it's erratically unseasonably warm but we're getting a little cold front now, then it will warm back up Sunday before another little cold front. We could get close to freezing during the night tonight and its been windy. Frankly, I'd just as soon it made up its mind, though!

The mildness yesterday made for a pleasant Thanksgiving, going out with friends and driving across town to the restaurant.

But I've felt a keen need for a lighter piece here to relieve what's seeming a sort of darkened perspective in many hubs. While I'm empathetic with the feelings expressed, my nature isn't dark or gloomy. It can begin to seem like an emotional bread 'n water diet, without a break in it! I usually just go ahead and 'do my thing', writing the way I do & hoping for the best.

Hope your holidays are pleasant so far! That line is almost my mantra. Forcing stuff stifles and chokes it, I think. :-)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Billy! I'm pleased to see you dropping by to share my 'rosy' thoughts on a so-called 'black friday'. I avoid those like the black plague! :-)

Your kind comments are such a boost!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You wrote, Nellieanna, ..."Perhaps someday

We'll find a magic land

Where tomorrow

No longer hides away in future

Nor roses' blooms shrink back

In winter."

I find that magic land, m'dear, whenever I have the opportunity to read your magical poetry. Absolutely brilliant - every single word. Promise.


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Very beautiful. What lovely, sweet poems and ....Rod McKuen! I especially loved "Does a rose" I often give human characteristics to objects that hold so much meaning for us and I felt that several of these poems did the same. Thank you Nellianna for personalizing the rose with all these amazing poems and pictures! Have a lovely evening! Up+

Randi


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Anil and Honey 4 years ago from Kerala

Wonderful. What an attractive page is it. I appreciate your hard work. Your words are so cute.


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

This is beautiful, dear Nellieanna! All the poems have such deep meaning..... What a wonderful read at this time of night! Thank you for sharing you 'Rose Forever', with us!

Voting Up and everything.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Beautiful bouquet of rose poetry. Thank you. Your love of roses blooms through your verse and in the arrangement.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dr BJ, your comments are positively restorative! Thank you for such lovely words!! And especially for BEING here! Somehow you always say something that touches my heart and makes it smile!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hugs-s-s-s and big thanks, Randi. I've been a Rod McKuen fan since he first emerged in the 60s with his poetry and music. I'm so pleased that he's back on the scene after a number of years he wasn't active. I love his raspy voice and meaningful words, though that song was written by someone else- a Frenchman, Gilbert Becaud, who sings it in French.

It's hard to not see anthropomorphic characteristics & comparisons in other things at times, - especially other living things, which, as you say, - have special meaning for us humans. The moments I've thought of them have a memorable, magic quality. I'm especially close to "Does A Rose". I wrote it July 19, 1972, btw. It related to my life at the time. 'Tomorrow' & 'Lovers of Rosebuds' were written about the same time.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, new friend, Anil and Honey. Thank you - I'm so happy that you like it! Of course, please know that the work isn't hard because it's a labor of love.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Lizzie, I love that you mention what time it is when you're reading it. It's similar to Xstatic mentioning the stormy conditions there when he read it. It's provides a connection I can really feel & better visualize its being received in your day and life.

Thank you! I appleciate the votes, too!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Martin, That is a lovely comment and compliment! It's poetic, which isn't surprising, coming from you! Thank you so much!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

PS ~ To all of you who have commented thus far, if you are dropping back by ~ you might enjoy going back and hearing the lovely Bette Midler video of "The Rose" which I've just added.


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epigramman 4 years ago

.....I remember the finest rose my mum and I ever cultivated was a beauty called Ingrid Bergman after the famous actress. You do such a thing with your fabulous presentations, my first lady of the Hubs, as you also cultivate beauty in everything you say and do.

It's like walking through an art gallery when I take time to reflect on your words and gaze at your images. Eiddwen from Wales has a similar approach to her hallowed hubspace.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time canada 6:44am where my cats have been fed and are sitting outside on their deck awaiting the daylight to take full effect within the hour ......the only problem being that this Saturday's daylight may bring lake effect snow - our first of the season - hurry up Spring, I don't think I can take anymore of this - lol ......signing off now, the wimpy Canadian - lol


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

What a thought-provoking (poetic) question:

"Does Time escape

And rape

Away its life?

Or

Is it given gracefully –

In love?"

Something to keep in mind when we think about aging and its effect on us....

Beautiful poetic thoughts about roses, Nellieanna. I love roses, though in my own garden I have only Iceberg roses, because they are immune to lice and many other natural enemies and so easy to maintain.

I agree wholeheartedly with the epigramman: You cultivate beauty in everything you say and do. Reading your work, is like walking through an art gallery, enjoying all the images you create in our mind with your words.

Also lovely music you have chosen for this hub of yours.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

I am pleased to be back here again and I offer you not a black rose as might be expected from Vincent, but the red out of love and admiration always for your masterful work. A Rose through the ages has been symbolic with love and it's many variety of colors describing the moods, sorrow, happiness and yes even death.

You Nellieanna have taken the rose and shown us it's variety of tenderness and you caress it with your choice of poetic words and eloquent videos to compliment your moods.My favourite color of a rose is burgundy red almost black. I love the shape and scent of their beauty. I'm sending you a bouquet of my favourites to thank you for sharing the artistry and meaning behind your work. Bravo, voted all the way to the top and shared.


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miscellanea 4 years ago from Morocco

Oh so sweet with roses :) I like them all thanks


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Beautifully written, presented and to be enjoyed like the subtle scent of rosé petals, their silken touch and the velvety colours... I love the words and feelings, the emotions expressed and the questions to be pondered. What a treat!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Colin, my friend - I love that firsthand memory of the lovely rose you and your mum cultivated! It must have been lovely to be named for Ingrid Bergman!!

My rose-thumb was never really cultivated, though I've had wild roses growing. My sister, Ruth, was the 'Rose Lady' who never visited my house without roses in hand from her garden.

My favorite rose color is peach, though I've never met a rose I didn't like! Their fragrance is heavenly. I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my mini-gallery. I need to visit Eiddwen -- such a lovely person and Wales must be like heaven on earth.

Wow. You're tired of wintry weather and eager for Spring while wintry weather's still just flirting with us! Hard to know what to wear. One day highs are 80 or more degrees; then a little 'cold front' blows through and brings it down to highs in the 50s or 60s for a couple of days before the high 70s and 80s return for a few days. I'll have to admit that it takes very little snow & ice for me to tire of it. Fortunately, ours is usually short-lived & usually comes in late January or early February, though there are exceptions to both those 'usuals'. I've lived in Indiana where winters were interminable, though, so I can empathize with you, Colin. Stay warm!

Thank you!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My dear Cyber Daughter! I'm so glad you're back! You've been missed much! I trust that you had a glorious time!! Hugs-s-s-!

Yes, darlin' -- it's well to choose how one prefers to encounter aging, as well as to deny it its favorite negative help (unhealthy habits). Of course, Time does march, though, so that a graceful response does help one age gracefully. If you get a chance, visit DRBJ's hub about the oldest worker, Sally Gordon, who won the award @ 101. She's my new role model.

I've never heard of iceberg roses! You are such a gardener. I'm sure they're lovely!

Our concerns are more about arid conditions and droughts. Mother was such a green thumb, she made everything flourish. But I don't recall her having roses. Bougainvillaea, orchids, lilacs, night-blooming cereus and all kinds of flowering cacti, and many other flowers, but not roses.

I guess my garden is in words! Thank you for the lovely praise! -- I'm so happy you enjoyed the music. Both songs are just lovely, I agree -- and have lovely threads in my memories. Hugs!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

My sweet dear Ken! I would appreciate a black rose from YOU - whatever color you choose for me is beautiful. It is a symbolic flower with many moods and degrees of meaning. Perhaps that's the source of its popularity from antiquity to even now in the cyber-age. Nothing replaces its beauty, impact and capacity to carry a message!

You know, when I was a kid I used to eat roses! Yes, I did. Our neighbor across the street had a huge lovely rose garden and I would crouch down in it an gobble up roses, especially those about ready to fade - the very sweetest of all! I never got caught, or else the nice folks took mercy on me. Perhaps they thought I was lacking some vitamin found only in roses! I still remember how delicious they were! Something was guiding me, though. There were oleanders everywhere and I never had a craving for them. I'm not sure of their flowers but their leaves are deadly poisonous. The flowers are pretty and smell good, but I left them alone! There were a couple of other blossoms I enjoyed, however. hehe. What a brat, huh?

Burgundy is a lovely color. It's the school color of Texas A&M -- did you know that? My first Mary Kay director's suit in 1982 was burgundy. It colored my world -- all directors wear the same color and style suit for any given year.

I'm delighted to accept your bouquet of burgundy roses! I've a dark red vase which will be perfect for them! :-)

Big hugs and thanks! It's such a pleasure to see you here!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Miscellanea - thank you for the visit and your generous comment. And welcome to the Hubpages 'family'! I've sneaked a peek at your hubsite. Very impressive, thought-provoking, well-written & interesting. I intend to visit and linger longer soon.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Docmo - Thank you! Oh, yes - I love those characteristics of roses - the silky, velvety feel and aroma. (Fresh rose petals strewn across the sheets are so sensuous!)

In my wedding photo, my rose bouquet looks a bit bedraggled, because at the small intimate ceremony in my own house, I took out a rose & handed it to each of the ladies in attendance, as a meaningful gesture. I just added a picture of us on that day.

Roses truly are silent messengers. They have all the other of the senses covered though!

Thank you so much for dropping by!!


dreamseeker2 4 years ago

Love your thoughts of the rose...you have such a talent for putting true beauty into your words, with description and sense of purpose. I love the photos too...especially that of you with your husband. Voted this up and beautiful. : )


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, dear Gwen! Thank you for coming and reading my feelings about the rose.

Actually, I didn't have the picture of George & me at our wedding on the hub originally. I added it after I mentioned my bouquet to someone in a comment: - how bedraggled it looked in the picture after I'd pulled out a rose for each of the female wedding guests for the ceremony in my living room! Didn't think to have a picture snapped before I did that, but it would have destroyed the spontaneity of it!

Thank you for your kind words of appreciation! Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Martie, sweet CD! I just love them! I've added a picture of them to the hub, in fact!!


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Ah the enduring power of the rose throughout all history and great love affairs... including one portrayed by Mr.Bean! You, my friend champion this beast so well, as to seduce us with it's prowess and leave our days since, reflecting on your words!

I still have a yellow rose of no formal standing, that I pressed in a book within my 5th year of existence... She has faded only slightly, but her petals fragile, just break away... and thus exposed her private secret, one always unknown to the book... her companion in time... an earwig, intact with it's floral desires... and love for it's rose!

Loved your collection Nellieanna... thank you for your presence, talents and heart... take care.. PD


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Dear Rob - I'm honored that you visited my hub and thank you for gorgeous comments.

I'm fascinated with your pressed yellow rose. The earwig is amazing, and their love among the pages, the more so! I've pressed flowers which progressed to similar state of fragility, but none begun at such a young age! (maybe a similar number of elasped years since my existence began sooner!) I hope your yellow rose never crumbles away. What a treasure! (The Yellow Rose is a Texas symbol, you know!)

Reference to Mr. Bean prompted a change of a couple of pix. Thank you for the introduction to Mr. Bean, the British comedian, but tracking down the source name connection led to discovery that they're not the same Mr-Bean. That possible confusion prompted the picture changes to some I like better, anyway. Hope you don't mind.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I don't mind at all of course.. I'm glad that my humor had a positive result. The yellow rose of Texas, was a song I believe? I can't tell you the heritage of my yellow pressed rose, she has long lost her accent and it was picked and known well by my Grandmother many years ago. I think it was for representing a bygone era when many WW1 and Boar War soldiers were given pressed roses by their mums and girlfriends etc... to remind them to come home. The earwig... umm? A cad perhaps... hahaha... PD


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, thank you. Yes - it was a bit surprising, the humor! You had me wracking my brain trying to figure out from whence 'Mr. Bean' came - till I did. It was an interesting voyage, I have to admit and I watched a couple of zany Mr. Bean performances along the way. What a character!!

Well, your rose had to have had a heritage. Why else would you've pressed her? Of course her accent would have been lost along with much of her other lively features, after being pressed between dry pages so long.

"The Yellow Rose of Texas" is, indeed, a song; a folk song from the American Civil War era, written about a girl named Emily D. West, who was an indentured servant who helped in one of the battles which helped Texas win its independence from Mexico in the Texas Revolution during that same era. The story goes that she seduced the Mexican President & leader of their army, General Santa Anna, which lowered the military guard and helped Texas win the Battle of San Jacinto.

There are many styles of singing the song, and many versions of its lyrics, but these are authentic, I believe, though I hear no especially Texas accent in it:

http://youtu.be/IyZpOAyGq1Q

Their pronunciation of the Rio Grande is wrong, though.

They pronounced it Rye-O' (shudder); it's correctly pronounced Ree-O. The 'i' in Spanish, which it is, is pronounced like a 'long e'.

I don't feel I have a strongly Texas accent, but here I am admonishing:

http://nellieanna.com/wavs/nh-gogetmtiger.wav


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Nikkij504gurl 4 years ago from Louisiana

Roses are my fave flowers :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Nell this was so touching and beautiful. While I was savoring each word in my mind I heard the Bette Midler song The Rose and then there was the video. Just perfect and I must say what a wonderful couple you made. Enjoyed this much and passing it on. Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Nikki - dear GF - I'm delighted that your stopped by and found a bouquet of your favorite flowers! Hugs!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Rasma - what a lovely thought. So you thought of Bette Midler's, "The Rose" too! As they say - GMTA (great minds think alike!) - Yes we were a really good couple. He was one in a million! Hugs and thank you so much.


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arb 4 years ago from oregon

Hello dear butterfly! I have recovered my absent computer and now I must address the absence attributed to me rather than it.

I don't know that I have a favorite flower; I am simply in love with them all.

It is as always, magnificent poetry peppered with questions that probe our complacency and images of beauty that exist both in our wake and our sleep. It is, whether we take notice or whether we fail to see. The extraordinary and exquisite gift you own, is a spirit always awake to the beauty that is forever and boudlessly surrounding us. You simply choose to live a life made of endless moments with no other work than to see the beauty in life. It is reflected in all your poetry. It is reflected in who you are. Beauty reflected is from a beauty owned.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Alan! What a pleasure! Sorry to hear about your computer's unscheduled vacation! Not fun. Glad you've restored it to service! We've missed you but knew whatever kept you away was a priority. And a sick computer IS a priority and justification for absence!

Ah, me too. I'm in love with all the flowers. Each is a unique treasure. At times one may grab my attention more than the others, but the others are close to my heart. It does seem that the rose has inspired more than its share of questions in my mind & poetry! Its physiology as well as its personality leave unanswered questions, it seems.

What an extraordinary line this is: ". . . images of beauty that exist both in our wake and our sleep. It is, whether we take notice or whether we fail to see." A treasure to hold dear, along with the lovely compliments you gave.

Thank you! And welcome back!


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Jaggedfrost 4 years ago

In every shade

the blossom most prized

has protection enough

to weather fate

but beauty enough

to benefit those with cautious patience

and those as kindred spirits

have the good sense

to wear gloves.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

I love it, JF! You got it! :-)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

just beautiful.. the rose and your lovely poem.. its like life it will prick you and cause you pain but in the end it is worth it.

many blessings

Debbie


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ah, Debbie - I'm smiling. But don't forget - its hopeful message is that there are ways to handle the rose - or life - that will determine whether or not there are going to be wounds. But of course, it's worth it even if there are pricks (well - not that kind! - hehe)

Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ah, sweet Nellieanna,

What a perfect return to HubPages, as I have taken a few days to attend to family.

Roses are a forever and beautiful reminder of my Mother. You have woven this magical flower in all it's glory through life experiences.

Especially loved your take on spontaneity, the fabulous pictures from Martie, your music and most of all sharing your picture of true love with George.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS Author

Maria, sweetie - I hope all is well with those family matters.

Glad to be ready with roses for your return to HubPages. How marvelous that it reminds you of your mother. I can almost smell roses. Don't you love those Iceberg Roses Martie shared? Gorgeous. My George was such a good horticulturist, he'd have wanted to acquire and raise some! He could get things to grow & flourish.

Thank you for coming and for your sweet comments and votes. Hugs.


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RobinGrosswirth23 3 years ago from New York

Flowers are such a beautiful and fertile topic and you made them come to life with your words. They remind us of such wonderful memories and summon great emotion.


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Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I believe that I am the first to wish you Merry Christmas this Christmas Day, albeit NZ time.... "Merry Christmas Nellieana, enjoy this festive period!" and take care out there... xoxoxo .. PD and some bloke calling himself Mr. Bean.... :)


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ron - ah-h-h-h - such a lovely FIRST Christmas wish from NZ!! Ir'a still Christmas Eve here and we're being told we'll probably have a frigid white Christmas here, after the balmy 60s & 70s leading up to it! Well, it IS Texas!

My plans for tomorrow have changed due to illness (not mine) so that I'm going to be snuggled inside here, doing things I enjoy by myself. It's totally OK with me. So it will be a happy, if not so festive, occasion.

Thank you and I hope your holiday season is wondrous. Hugs, PD & Mr. Bean!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Beautiful poems as sweet as the rose, even better. Enjoyed reading and voted up.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Vellur- what a pleasure to see you visiting this hub of my heart! Thank you for the lovely comments and, of course, for the got up!


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

What a beautifully written and presented hub on the "rose" in all its poetic beauty. Jamie


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jamie! Thank you for your visit and lovely comment! Hugs --


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Jamie! Thank you for your visit and lovely comment! Hugs --


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I love this hub, Nellieanna. Roses are my favorite flowers. I've always wanted a blue rose bush due to their rarity, and I like unusual flowers. However, the scent is enough to make any color rose heavenly. And they're all beautiful. I also like the symbolic meaning of roses by color, which does not seem to be applied much any more that I've observed.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, dear Shan - - I'm pleased you love this one. Roses' meanings and symbolism goes way back in antiquity. There's much about love as well as secrecy involved in their association. I don't know how much or how little their symbolism is applied these days, or compared to what other times, but I thought you might appreciate this chart of their symbolism:

RED- - Love, Beauty, Courage and Respect, Romantic Love, Congratulations, "I Love You", "Job Well Done", Sincere Love, Respect, Courage & Passion

RED (Dark) - -Unconscious beauty

RED (Single) - - "I Love You"

Deep BURGUNDY - - Unconscious Beauty

WHITE - - Purity, Innocence, Silence, Secrecy, Reverence, Humility, Youthfulness, "I am worthy of you", Heavenly

WHITE (Bridal) - - Happy love

PINK - - Appreciation, "Thank you", Grace, Perfect Happiness, Admiration, Gentleness, "Please Believe Me"

Dark PINK - - Appreciation, Gratitude, "Thank You

Light PINK - - Admiration, Sympathy, Gentleness, Grace, Gladness, Joy, Sweetness

YELLOW - - Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Promise of a new beginning, Welcome Back, Remember Me, Jealousy, "I care"

YELLOW with RED TIP - - Friendship, Falling in Love

ORANGE - - Desire, Enthusiasm, Fascination

RED & WHITE - - Given together, these signify unity

RED & YELLOW - - Jovial and Happy Feelings

PEACH - - Appreciation, Closing the deal, Let's get together, Sincerity, Gratitude

Pale PEACH - - Modesty

CORAL - - Desire

LAVENDER - - Love at first sight, Enchantment

BLACK - - Death, Farewell

BLUE- - The unattainable, the impossible

SINGLE- ANY COLOR - - Simplicity, Gratitude

RED Rosebud - - Symbolic of purity and loveliness

WHITE Rosebud - - Symbolic of girlhood

THORN-LESS Rose - - "Love at first sight"

ROSES BY THE NUMBER

• A single rose of any color depicts utmost devotion

• Two roses entwined together communicate "Marry me"

• Six Roses signify a need to be loved or cherished

• Eleven roses assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved

• Thirteen roses indicate a secret admirer


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

Ahaha. So, what does it say, then, that I am attracted to blue roses? :-p Thanks. :) I did not know the significance of two roses.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Good question. My most favorite is peach, but I love orange, yellow-with-red tips, coral, and pale peach. Easy to see what common color-group those are. Yet they vary a lot in their symbolism.

It's odd that the familiar dozen roses isn't treated in the roses-by-the-number group. Maybe it's two bunches of six? haha. Maybe thirteen minus one. Or maybe 2 times 6. hahaha.


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

I noticed that, too - especially since it reminded me of a song about 11 roses meaning that something is missing from the heart of the person that gave them to her. I guess she didn't have your chart when she wrote the song. hehe

I really enjoy roses of any color, but I particularly like the ones with rich hues, whatever color they may be. But, I quite enjoy flowers in general.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS Author

Yes, I love many flowers. Hard to say which are my favorites. Each has its own special appeal. :-)


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

Something drew me back here and I hope that you don't mind too much. I mentioned to someone the other day that I'm finishing up a project for a wedding. I am a bridesmaid and this is part of a gift from the maids. I colored an intricate background of vines and leaves. Then I drew a rose. I colored the rose, cut it out, and placed it in the center of the square page. I'm quite pleased with it, especially the way the shading of the rose turned out, but I need to find or to write a poem for it. I prefer to write it to make it more personal, but the words seem to elude me for now. Tonight is the last night, though, since I head to Houston tomorrow. It's been a rather testing month and the challenge isn't over yet. I'm very much looking forward to celebrating life and love this weekend. Maybe that's the call of this hub of yours. Your "Dewy Petals" poem seems particularly beautiful to me tonight. Guess I'll go try to find some meaningful words to describe my friendship with her and being able to celebrate the day with her.


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Nellieanna 2 months ago from TEXAS Author

You may use 'Dewey Petals' if you wish.

I didn't see your comment till now. You may have already left. Sorry.


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shanmarie 2 months ago from Texas

I wouldn't use someone's work without permission and I finished it last night, but thank you. I do appreciate the offer. I ended up with something that sounds a little too greeting card to me, but I suppose it works. I'll think about it since you offered.


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shanmarie 7 weeks ago from Texas

Looking back at the color chart and their meanings you provided here for me in the comments. . .The bride had a stunning bouquet of white roses and the beautiful blue orchids. At least I think they were orchids. I'm sure you would appreciate their beauty. If you're interested, there is a picture of them on the hub I just recently published: Reflections of a Bridesmaid.

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