Monthly Archives: February 2012

(Rose 13) – Roses, Take a Bow!

Since there have been a dozen rose posts, this might a good time to take a breather,  go back, and re-cap. For all the complaining that perfume consumers do about the industry these days, one thing is inescapably true: there’s … Continue reading

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(Rose 12) – Lovely Rose Pudding for Dinner…Again

What is the matter with Mary Jane? She’s perfectly well, and she hasn’t a pain, And it’s lovely rice pudding for dinner again! What is the matter with Mary Jane? A.A. Milne Some perfumers put a decidedly sweet spin on … Continue reading

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(Rose 11) – Rose Trivia

In the beginning, all roses were white.  It took Aphrodite’s pricking herself on a thorn and bleeding to put a touch of pink into the bloom. (There’s a Christian story to the same effect, the rose bush in question being … Continue reading

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(Rose 10) – Rose on a Bender

Roses can be big drinkers.  They certainly are in gardens, where you can easily go through gallons of water for thirsty roses on hot days, but perfumers have discovered the affinity that roses also have for alcohol.  Perfume roses can … Continue reading

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(Rose 9) Cats, Roses, and Late Summer

The cat, a creature of refined sensibilities, likes to lie under  our rosebush.  There is a small hollow in the cedar mulch underneath it which is her favored resting place, and at first my assumption was that she chose this … Continue reading

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(Rose 8) – Parisian Roses: Voulez Vous Couchez Avec Moi?

Parisian fashion loves to impose structure and absurdity on beauty in about equal parts.  Don’t ask me why. Oh well, go ahead. Ask me why. Maybe it’s the French love of logic that requires the structure, and possibly the fondness … Continue reading

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(Rose 7) – La Bee en Rose

“When I consider every thing that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment;” Shakespeare on beauty, probably human beauty, since it seems to have been a frequent melancholy observation of his that it’s fleeting. However, the observation’s just as … Continue reading

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(Rose 6) – The Reddest Red Ever

Is certainly blood, in whatever form, followed by certain flowers. While living in Vermont, I once grew a hybrid tea called Precious Platinum that, despite the name, was anything but silver.  Platinum was a saturated scarlet, so intensely red that … Continue reading

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(Rose 5) – Hips and Pippins, Pippins and Hips

Roses and apples are cousins of sorts.  They both belong to the Rosaceae group (along, I might add. with all sorts of other fruits like strawberries and quinces and blackberries, whom you wouldn’t figure would hang with apples. But I … Continue reading

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(Rose 4) – Roses for Boulevardiers

Men once had buttonholes.  Hard to believe, but they actually did, and what is more they really put things in these buttonholes – flowers for preference.  Which flowers?  Well, the gardenia was once called the “opera flower” because of being … Continue reading

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