With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: The First Rose Of Summer

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The First Rose Of Summer

It excites me to see the very first rose buds appear each spring knowing they will soon bust forth into beautiful blossoms with sweet fragrance. This is a hybrid tea rose called Broadway with shades of pink, yellow and peach. It has been in our garden since 2012.

Growing alongside purple spiderwort. 
Pink Knockout Roses are just beginning to bloom too.

 The First Rose Of Summer

'Tis the first rose of summer that opes to my view,
With its bright crimson bosom all bathed in the dew;
It bows to its green leaves with pride from its throne--
'Tis the queen of the valley, and reigneth alone.

Oh! why, lovely stranger! thus early in bloom,
Art thou here to assure us that summer is come?
The primrose and harebell appear with the spring,
But tidings of summer the young roses bring.

Thou fair gift of nature (I welcome the boon),
Was 't the lark of the morning that 'woke thee so soon?
Yet I weep, thou sweet floweret! for soon, from the sky,
The lark shall repose where thy leaves wither'd lie.

Oh! if beauty could save thee, thou ne'er wouldst decay,
But, alas! soon thou 'lt perish and wither away;
And thy kindred may blossom, and blossom as fair--
Yet I 'll mourn, lonely rosebud! when thou art not there. 
Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850 / Scotland)


Blackberry Lane said...

How lovely. Wishing you a nice week.

Debbie Huffaker said...

Beautiful roses. So glad to see a post from you....I was getting a bit concerned. HOPE you have an awesome week!

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

Such lovely verses and beautiful flowers!

Have a wonderful week!

Catherine said...

Beautiful quotes and beautiful pictures to accompany.
Blessings, Catherine

Ray Toms said...

Beautiful rose and encouraging scriptures, thank you

Lorrie said...

Beautiful. The first rose of summer is always special, although I never tire of roses coming throughout these short months of blooms.

podso said...

Your roses are lovely! Here's to many more!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Sheer beauty! I love how you framed these with verses and Scripture.

I do love my roses and they are doing well, so far. We were thinking along the same lines, as Tuesday's blog quotes one of the same verses.

SarahGeorge said...

Gorgeous blooms ! The color and beauty of your first rose is beautiful Lorraine :)

Traci said...

So pretty!

Just a little something from Judy said...

I thanked God for you this evening, when I was reminded of the beauty of your roses, your insights, and the promising verses that you shared, by my visit here. I especially liked the quote about the thorns and the roses. I can almost smell what it must be like to walk through your rose garden. Thank you for sharing.

Susan said...

Hello Dear LDH....So glad the garden is in bloom. Lovely! Susan

corners of my life said...

Your photos are always amazing!

Debbie Petras said...

I love roses. Since our latest move, I've been so thrilled to have a few rose bushes in our garden entry. Yours are lovely.


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