Sorry, George, for maligning your quote with my additions in parentheses. The amusing thing about the above photo of my Queen of Sweden rose bush is that the flower pictured is only about an inch across. It was a bit breezy and I had to steady the stem . . . my arm is actually quite far from the bloom. Ah, perspective! It is the author of so many misunderstandings. (I am waxing philosophical today.) The photo below shows the same rose looking pale in the evening light.
The photo below shows the same rose stretching and blooming in the glow of the next morning's sun.
(Clearly) I absolutely adore roses. However, there are roses that don't bloom in gardens. Some of the best roses are friendships that bloom in blogs. Look who I got to meet when I attended church with my sister this past Sunday!
"I'm not really a career person. I'm a gardener, basically."-- George Harrison
"We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses."-- Abraham Lincoln