Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rose, Rose I love you

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) once said,
"Of all the flowers, me thinks a rose is best."

I, for one, have always love roses. There is just something about roses. As the symbol of love, roses have inspired many musicians, poets and authors. Shakespeare alone mentioned roses more than 50 times in his poems and plays. Now, the average person on the street would most likely know how to differentiate roses by their colours, be it red roses, pink roses, or yellow, and associated these colours with whatever meaning as heard from the media, e.g. yellow for friendship etc.

However I find that roses are beautiful not just in their colours but also in their names, variety, and characteristics. I had stumbled upon one beautiful rose garden, in the Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera, it is a charming space called the The Princess Grace Rose Garden, located in Fontvielle, Monaco. There are more than 150 varieties of roses cultivated and grown within.

I’ve managed to record down in pictures all the beautiful roses together with their unique names. Someone once said a rose is like a poem, it can say so much without saying much at all.

Henceforth, I shall write no more, and let the roses speak for themselves!

Statue of Princess Grace

Stephanie de Monaco

Johann Strauss

France Libre

Grace de Monaco

Maria Callas

Black Baccara

Amber Queen

Republic de Geneve

Last but not least, Solidor (from the 2nd picture of the same flower, where it is the solidary lone ranger in the rose bush, its no wonder it got this namesake!).