682. Which is loveliest in a rose? Its coy beauty when it’s budding, or its splendor when it blooms? ~Edited line by George Barlow

The rose speaks of love silently,
in a language known only to the heart.
~Author Unknown

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Slow buds the pink dawn
like a rose from out
night’s gray and cloudy sheath.
Softly and still it grows and grows.
Petal by petal, leaf by leaf.
~Susan Coolidge

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These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today.  There is no time for them.  There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.  He cannot be happy and strong until he lives with nature in the present, above time. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. ~Deuteronomy 6:4   ✝

**All 3 of these photos above were taken by me of a rose named, Cherry Brandy, which I believe may be my all time favorite.  I sure hope I can find one to plant in my yard.

32 thoughts on “682. Which is loveliest in a rose? Its coy beauty when it’s budding, or its splendor when it blooms? ~Edited line by George Barlow

  1. Another beautiful post Natalie, thank you. “These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time for them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.” Perfect advice.

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  2. well, miss cherry brandy is a real looker– as my dad would say—especially that first shot—
    Beautiful my dear!!! I so wish you were here to sit on the porch with me as we would watch this yard coming together—I think the “plant material” aka shrubs, bushes, plants, tress, and sod will be finally placed tomorrow and Friday- – –
    hugs and love—cookie

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  3. You disobey Allah, & yet you still claim to love Him. By Allah, such behaviour is disgusting, by any standard! You would have obeyed Him had your love been true, for the lover is always obedient to the Beloved!”

    Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak

    Nice post ❤ 🙂

    Like

  4. “The rose speaks of love silently,
    in a language known only to the heart”.

    Such a beautiful quote … I love the photographs too!.
    Great post… All the best to you dear Natalie. Aquileana 😀

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