A Rose By Any Other Name…How About Rio Samba?

Do you love gardens? I do! I’d prefer a peaceful stroll through a garden or a hike through some scenic landscape to almost any other type of recreation. Probably has something to do with getting older, but I adore stopping the smell the roses!Jon and Linda took us on a wonderful excursion to Manito Park in Spokane.There were hundreds of varieties of roses, and we meandered through them carefully, thinking about which smelled the most fragrant, which looked the most fabulous, and which had the most interesting names. J+G posed for me in front of our winner for “best name,” delicious pink roses called First Kiss! He  confided to me that their first kiss didn’t occur until after Linda had come to the U.S. to see what she thought about Jonathan’s family and the possibility of living in America. Bless such gentle patience! Rather like a rose, don’t you think?!So, now I will show you a few of my favorite roses!Do you have a favorite color for roses?I think I love reds and pinks the best…although…I’m thrilled with the beauty of a rose in any color, shape, or size!I found one rose bush that was a totally new discovery to me: the Rio Samba.On the same bush there was a profusion of pinks, oranges, and yellows! I’d never seen anything like it…and I’m hoping to ask Alan if I may have one for Mother’s Day this coming year! 🙂I often wish I could be as beautiful as a rose, although I never will be! On the other hand, I have since realized that there is a beauty even more profound than external beauty if I only had the spiritual eyes to appreciate it!

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD.”

Psalm 27:4

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us”

Psalm 90:17

“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me

All His wonderful passion and purity

Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine

Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”

(—Tom Jones)

5 thoughts on “A Rose By Any Other Name…How About Rio Samba?

  1. Dear Kathy,
    Just loved your two quotes from the psalms. We love roses too, but they are a lot of work, especially if you have sandy ground like we have in Erlangen. They like clay.

    Sometimes I feel like a rose…….but beware, I’ve got an awful lot of prickles! 🙂

  2. Never seen a prickle in you yet, but I know we all have them! 🙂

    I’m glad you feel like a rose sometimes, because I think the Lord loves us and finds us beautiful in him. I believe that it is the wife who proclaims in the Song of Solomon, “I am the rose of Sharon…”

  3. I think heaven will be filled with rose gardens. Beautiful pictures Kathi. Tell me about your camera. I’m thinking of upgrading mine.

  4. It’s a Canon G11, fits in your purse and goes with me pretty much everywhere. It’s expensive, but not like the SLR cameras. I love mine.

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