Roses: Battered But Beautiful

This past Winter, I had to sell my departed mom’s home. Emotionally, it was a difficult process. One of the things I wanted to accomplish was to salvage all the plants I could that were near and dear to my parents. They kept a very beautiful yard. It was cold and wet when I had dig up roses and fuchsias. I transplanted them into less than ideal earth and conditions. I crossed my fingers. 

I had noticed the Lincoln rose had sprouted but one bud. It stood there for some time not progressing through the heavy rains of late. A few days ago, I saw it opened into this beautiful rose, but it looked a bit disheveled for sure.

Tonight, I was outside as it started to rain, yet again, and I notice the Lincoln rose had progressed further. Beautiful, battered and finishing with grace. Not perfect, yet still beautiful.

I wanted to share this picture of how the new owners of my parent’s old house have fashioned their vision of a yard. An abomination to the lovely yard my parents maintained. I shared this over on my Hoarding Woes & You blog too (why I haven’t been able to fish much for last three years). You can see a few remaining roses, I didn’t capture, peeking up through the uncut grasses. I guess a glimmer of beauty seeking space.

41 Responses to “Roses: Battered But Beautiful”

  1. May 23, 2015 at 00:56

    Very tender writing, and beautiful photos of your rose.


  2. May 13, 2015 at 14:31

    They are red red red Roses, cheers.


  3. February 22, 2015 at 13:47

    Sorry for your loss and hope that the hard work will bear more blooms for you. I t is difficult, I had to do the same for my parents, selling their house, but could take very little, as I live 11 hours flight away. Best wishes and blessings, Charles.


  4. December 26, 2014 at 20:22

    I have a Mr. Lincoln in my garden, along with a JFK and a Queen Elizabeth…I call this the World Leaders section, not to be confused with the Hollywood area (Ingrid Bergman) or Detroit (Chrylser Imperial) or even the continent (Granada), orange juice (Tropicana) and I think I’ll stop now….


    Steve Culton


  5. October 21, 2014 at 21:57

    Rose and garden photographs are exquisite. Thank you.


  6. September 26, 2014 at 18:51

    I love the rose pictures…absolutely beautiful! I think I know how you feel. When my grandmother passed away, I moved into her house and not long after brought a bride home and started improvements on the place. My dad came over one day and just sat in the living room for some time. He finally said, “Mom would be so happy to see this.” Hang in there my friend!


  7. September 20, 2014 at 19:18

    You captured beauty in the midst of discord. Remember the beauty!


  8. September 18, 2014 at 02:02

    the only constant truth is change…the yin and yang of a circle….at least you saved some of your parent’s plants and you will always have your memories


  9. September 14, 2014 at 08:02

    Never easy Dude, but your photos do justice to your memory of your loved ones man.


  10. September 7, 2014 at 14:13

    Your photos are lovely!!


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    Thanks for reading-or looking at my photo esay on my father. I didn’t have a lot of photos on this computer, so it seemed rather short. Stil, it shows how time goes by. beebee


  12. August 10, 2014 at 15:01

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  13. August 9, 2014 at 19:45

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for liking one of my posts. I hope you will come again some time. Blessings, Natalie 🙂


  14. July 26, 2014 at 18:18

    Thanks for reading my blog. It means a lot to see those familiar faces! beebeesworld


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    Thanks for reading my blogs. The variety and quality of your entries are always welcomed. beebeesworld


  16. June 15, 2014 at 09:59

    30 years ago, I worked with a woman who loved to garden. She told me the story of selling the home her husband and she had shared over a lifetime, located in southern California with a beautiful garden. There were many people wanting to buy it, but she would only sell to someone who would maintain her garden. One couple convinced her that they would do so. She went by her former home a few months later. All of the plants were gone, replaced by concrete and rock.


  17. May 25, 2014 at 14:32

    Always something new and interesting!


  18. May 11, 2014 at 18:11

    SWitter, I have saved some beloved plants as well. Last summer, we had a flood and the creek bank washed away, leaving a rhubarb my great uncle planted 50 years ago clinging by a tiny root over a foot long. I managed to fish it out and plant it in a corner of my former garden that my son has largely turned into a mess similar to the the one you showed that the “new owners” of your parents house created. It lived-grew new leaves last summer and came up again this year.I have done my best to fence off a small portion of my former garden for herbs, favorites etc. It was nice to see the rose, I am sure. I had to replant a rose which I planted when this same son was born-on several occasions. I had root stocks of it climbing a tree at one time. It is always rewarding to save a beloved plant-even us not so young” gardeners have our talents!


  19. June 2, 2012 at 18:12

    Great story. Roses are very resilient. So glad these survived. It’s National Rose Month. What a great way to celebrate….


  20. June 2, 2012 at 09:21

    I loved too… They are so beautiful dear Gary, Thank you, with my love, nia


  21. June 1, 2012 at 22:25

    Love your shots , Brilliantly taken! =)


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