Rhapsody in Blue











This is the shrub rose that my friends gave me recently. The label on it tells me it was ‘Rose of the Year 2003’ and I can certainly see why.


Colour may sometimes be called what it isn’t,  eg in the Cat breeders’ world, a grey-coated cat is referred to as ‘Blue’ – as in Blue Persian, or a ginger cat is Red, as in Red-self. And so it is in the plant breeders’ world it seems – for it says clearly on my Rose’s label that it is a purple rose , changing to slate grey as it fades. But Blue? – no – that is the colour of the sky.



Still, leaving aside the anomaly, it is a truly beautiful rose and I love its name. It photographs well too.  I love to get ‘creative’ and I have a couple of mirror tiles that I like to use sometimes.



The accuracy of reproducing the actual shades of colour may be a little bit off  in these images , especially in the post production stuff I do,  so I hope technical purists will forgive me. My artist’s eye tells me the purple of this rose has more red in it than blue, and part of its charm is its changing colour.  I welcome any comments /advice  …. bye for now,   Eileen





4 responses to “Rhapsody in Blue”

  1. Hello Eileen…whatever the name of the Rose is it is utterly breath taking & your photoz show just how lovely it is!!! i would love to have roses like this in my garden 🙂
    Sherri-Ellen xo


  2. Hi Sherri-Ellen, Roses are so photogenic aren’t they? I now have 3 different ones in my little garden – 2 are in bloom but my fav. one is small at the moment, but a bud has just appeared on it.


    1. I am thrilled your roses are doing so well….my 2 tall roses are great but the mini rose bushes have not done anything at all?? I have a feeling I might have to buy new bushes & replant….(not a strong suit of mine…)
      I hope you will get pix of your roses 🙂
      Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo


  3. Hello Eileen: It is now the end of September…long time no see & I am worried about you….I hope you are well. I miss your blog posts & talking with you.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xo


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