With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: still blooming

Sunday, November 21, 2010

still blooming

Spending most of Saturday raking tarp-ful after tarp-ful of dried, crunchy, brown leaves to the curb (for the third time in just about as many weeks) it was a pleasant sight to see these soft pink (Knock-Out) roses in the garden.
We know any day they will succumb to autumns frost and will be gone until next spring.
Until then, we are enjoying every last bit of beauty.




Dear Valerie @Composition Life said these roses reminder her of a song and kindly sent the lyrics and link to a beautiful video of the song being performed.
 (music Thomas Moore (1778-1852) (lyrics Sir John Stevenson 1761-1833)

'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming all alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flower of her kindred,
No rose bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them;
'Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay,
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?
Celtic Woman performing Video link 

Joining Mary @Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!

36 comments:

Dishesdone said...

These shots are stunning! What beautiful roses!

Bernie said...

Absolutely gorgeous ... your rose photos are a real treat.

EG Wow said...

How nice that you are still enjoying them! :)

eileeninmd said...

Lovely roses, what a beautiful treat.

Mary said...

They are a knock out! What a nice diversion from my own yard of crunchy brown leaves :-)

crochet lady said...

Absolutely lovely!

Mildred said...

The first roses and the last roses of the season are always so special. Your photos are stunning.

ellen b said...

Oh what a lovely sight! So pretty!

Julie said...

Beautiful! We cut our roses back today and covered them with straw. Winter is just around the corner here.

Millie said...

those photos are stunning! you captured the delicate roses so well!

Margie said...

What a treat! Lovely pink roses in November! My flowers are just about all gone, I will be pulling the last bit of them out tomorrow! Time marches on!

Have a lovely week!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Gorgeous photos of your roses. How wonderful to have them in the garden in November.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

These are breathtaking!!!

Lady Farmer said...

I think you have found your new profession! Your photography is stunning! Those are the most gorgeous rose photos I have ever seen!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What beautiful pink rosebuds! They make a lovely mosaic!

Vee said...

Those are so lovely and most especially so if you have been raking tons of leaves. Knockout roses...must remember that name.

NanaDiana said...

Oh how I would love to see a Knock-Out rose blooming here this time of year. Unfortunately...all of OUR knock-out roses have been knocked out by the freezing temps. Enjoy them while you can! Hugs-Diana

Melissa Miller said...

They are so delicate and lovely! :)

Sheila said...

I have never seen such lovely pink roses as those which are in your mosaic. You are so lucky to still have flowers to take pictures of!

Julie Harward said...

Such beauty! Sometimes nature just stops me in my tracks and takes my breath away! ;D

Valerie said...

I am such a sucker for pink - these photos are beautiful - and would bring such a smile to my face to see them in a garden now - We have had several killing frosts - and with the exception of a few maples - almost all the colors are gone -

Brings to mind the lyrics to a song (music Thomas Moore (1778-1852) (lyrics Sir John Stevenson 1761-1833) I first became acquainted with the song when I was studying voice at the University. Since then I have fallen in love with Celtic Woman's version. The last verse is the best with the duet.

'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming all alone,
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone.
No flower of her kindred,
No rose bud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
Or give sigh for sigh.

I'll not leave thee, thou lone one,
To pine on the stem;
Since the lovely are sleeping,
Go sleep thou with them;
'Thus kindly I scatter
Thy leaves o'er the bed
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.

So soon may I follow
When friendships decay,
And from love's shining circle
The gems drop away!
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown
Oh! who would inhabit
This bleak world alone?

Here is a link to their version if you haven't heard it:
copy and paste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-P15xujxoI&feature=related

Ingmarie We said...

The roses look fantastic! Can't imagine how they can be so beautiful this time of the year. And a very lovely mosaic too.

Beth said...

What a stunning collection of photos. Visiting your site made my day! You're lucky to have roses in late November; ours are long gone.

Snap said...

Knockouts are really knockouts --- like the energizer bunny ... they just keep going! Beautiful!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Breathtaking! God's creations are simply over the top. Beautiful photography Ms Lorraine.

Life In a Little House said...

Those pictures are just beautiful enjoy your blooms ~Wishing you a most Blessed and Wonderful Thanksgiving....Love Heather

Cindy said...

Those are beautiful. I noticed some at a park in my town that were still blooming and saw some geraniums at the library that were still in full bloom!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How wonderful to have those last few buds to enjoy! I have just a few left here but I know I'll never see them open.

Ann said...

What a delight that must have been to see them still blooming. They are beautiful. I love that shade of pink.

Buttercup said...

So, so beautiful. It's still pretty here. Nothing blooming. but there are still bright leaves on the trees.

Laurie said...

The pairing of these beautiful roses with the song sung by Celtic Woman is a perfect match. So happy to see these roses so late in the season - I can almost smell their sweet scent!

Sherry from Alabama said...

What pink perfection! I so admire your photography skills.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Lisa RedWillow said...

This is just stunning. Stunning . I miss Mosaic Monday this week and hope to join in next week.
Hugs

marie said...

How beautiful...the roses and your photos of them!

I have to venture out to my yard and see if I have any knock-outs blooming!

Mary said...

Oh, how lovely they are! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful roses (and beautiful photos, too!) at MM. :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
xoxo

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures of your knock out roses!!! I was trying to figure out what state you live in, cuz I have knock out roses still blooming too! (I live in Michigan!). Just discovered your blog tonight, but was also looking for any posts about how you do your photos! I will have to keep looking tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

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