Saying it with the roses… Happy 2010!

Stay Bless!

It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.

A week ago, my father had an operation of Achilles tendon injury. Achilles tendon rupture requires immediate immobilization or surgery to reconnect the tendon. It was a minor operation and everything went well.

These are some flowers that we cordially received from our friends and relatives during our stay in the hospital.

Photos and quotes

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
– Anne Frank

“There is no spot of ground, however arid, bare or ugly,
that cannot be tamed into such a state as may give an
impression of beauty and delight.”
– Gertrude Jekyll

“Soil is a resource, a living, breathing entity that, if treated properly, will maintain itself.It’s our lifeline for survival. When it has finally been depleted, the human population will disappear. …. Project you imagination into the soil below you next time you go into the garden. Think with compassion of the life that exists there. Think, the drama,the sexuality, the harvesting, the work that carries on ceaselessly. Think about the meaning of being a steward for the earth.”
– Marjorie Harris, In the Garden, 1995

“If we do not permit the Earth to produce beauty and joy,it will in the end not produce food either.” Joseph Wood Krutch
“Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.”
– William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997.

“God owns heaven, but He craves the earth.” – Anne Sexton

“The little things? The little moments? They aren’t little.”
– John Zabat-Zinn

“Remain true to the earth.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Do the best that you can in the place where you are, and be kind.
– Scott Nearing

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

All photographs by me.

Beautiful red roses

A rose is a rose is a rose.

Some photographs of roses from my home garden in Multan.

January Rose

Its a beautiful red rose from my home garden.

The roses and thorn relationship is no doubt very close and delicate and thats why many poet, philosophers, writers and politicians have quoted them in a very scented way. So here are some proverbs and quotes from throughout the world about this rose – thorn relationship .

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.”

Persian Proverb.

“From a thorn comes a rose, and from a rose comes a thorn.”

Greek Proverb

“The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.”

– Chinese proverb

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

“This old world that we’re livin’ in
Is might hard to beat.
You get a thorn with every Rose
But – ain’t the roses sweet?”

Frank Stanton

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”

Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)

The last quote is very close to my heart. Because I am also thankful to God that thorns have roses.

A beautiful quote about roses

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”

By Dale Carnegie.

Colour it Red…Take all the blood out of my veins…but colour this rose Red.

Lost Love…Lost Colours….Left alone…All Alone…But
lemme colour you red…lemme colour this rose red…!!!

This image has been taken by me

New Life, New Hope

Flowers everywhere….green versus red, yellow and purple…wonderful colours.

Winter Roses

Its such a beautiful image that I cant help sharing it.And it remind me of a poem about roses that I have shared it here some months ago and here it is…

The Oldest Story in the World

…and I hope you would like it.

Blue roses

“Blue roses will blossom in the snow,
Before I ever let you go.
Blue roses will grow up to the sky,
Before I ever make you cry.”

This time I am sharing with you my love, my impossible love for fantastic blue roses. A book by Ibn al Awam, which was written in the twelfth century, tells us that blue roses were attained by placing a blue dye into the bark of the roots. This process is explained in the book and has been proven to work by Joret, a very knowledgeable french scientist. Blue roses stands for fantasy and impossibility.It is said that the Blue roses traditionally signify mystery or attaining the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes. Here I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A BEAUTIFUL BUT SAD POEM BY Rudyard Kipling mentioning BLUE ROSES.

ROSES red and roses white
Plucked I for my love’s delight.
She would none of all my posies—
Bade me gather her blue roses.

Half the world I wandered through,
Seeking where such flowers grew
Half the world unto my quest
Answered me with laugh and jest.

Home I came at wintertide,
But my silly love had died
Seeking with her latest breath
Roses from the arms of Death.

It may be beyond the grave
She shall find what she would have.
Mine was but an idle quest—
Roses white and red are best!

Blue roses stands for yearning and for hoping for a miracle,new possibilities or opportunities but it is not possible.

Green rose – A sight to behold –

The green rose, though not abundant in nature, is a beautiful sight to behold. But where to find it, I never have seen it in my life.In my opinion if we know the meaning of colours and their properties then its quite easy to know the meaning of flowers. The most significant and popular meaning of the green rose is fertility as the green color symbolizes richness, abundance and bounty.
Green rose also symbolizes self-respect and well being. Being symbolic of all life force, the color green gives a rich meaning to a rose. The freshness of the springtime, the abundance of the rainy season, all is well expressed by the green rose.
A Brief History Of The Green Rose will help us to know that it actually exists.

It was introduced into the flower loving popular culture in 1856 by a British company called Bembridge and Harrison, and has remained a peculiar addition to the rose family ever since.As far as roses go, the green rose is truly a unique specimen and generates not only an incredible, long lasting bloom but also a conversation point.

Now all I can say that the green rose are not yet available to the public but its a need to spread information about the growing of green roses.

I Photo I Echo

This rose is blooming in Rose-Garden, Murree Pakistan.
Uploaded on December 8, 2007

The Oldest Story in the World

It makes perfect sense
Seeing how the seeds were sown
To find you out there on your own
You said your good-byes
You broke all the ties
It struck me dumb
To think I tried for you

Tonight you can feel the season changing
You’ll never change
When you’re no better than the weather
You’re cool
But there’s rain in your heart
You’re blown like a feather

And that’s the oldest story in the world
You lost the key to paradise
That’s the oldest story in the world

Did we have it made?
Somehow I thought we could remain
If nothing lasts
No one to blame

But you can’t look back
To where you got off the track
And that’s a mystery
That we’ll never crack

It’s just the oldest story in the world
Lost the key to paradise
That’s the oldest story in the world
Someday we’ll get to set it right
And that’s the oldest story in the world
You’ll hear it
Again and again
That’s the oldest story in the world


Taken from Renée Wirick’s photostream, flickr.

Love and Roses

“A life with love will have some thorns..
but a life without love will have no roses”

-author unknown-