Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stop and Smell the Roses!

Well, I guess this is more of a cyber-style stop and smell the roses...as I don't believe scented blogs have been invented, and if they had the foodie bloggers would have been all over that by now.  My stop to "smell" the roses is more visual than it is scented.  But saying "Stop and Look at the Roses" would not have had quite the same ring, would it?

I thought with summer waning and flowers wilting with the crisp cool nights, that I would share some more pictures from the hour in the garden.

Fellows Riverside Garden is known locally as "the rose garden".  It is where pretty much every bridal party has their portrait taken, and with good reason as they have a great variety of lovely roses to provide a handsome backdrop. When selecting photos for this post I didn't even try to narrow my choices, as each different color, and stage of blooming is so beautiful!

Flowers are the burst of color for spring and summer, and as much as I love it, I also look forward every year to the vibrant leaves of autumn....and hopefully I will be able to soon share some hues of the fall season. Until then enjoy this palette of summer color and stay behind the lens!

By J.R. Miller, 1912

Things are not finished—as we see them today. Tomorrow they will appear larger, greater. The bud you see one morning in the garden—will be a full-blown rose in a little while. The brown seed you dropped in your window-box, will be a beautiful plant by and by. Wherever there is life—there is growth.

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen

By J.R. Miller, 1912

When the English laureate was asked what Christ was to him, he replied by pointing to a rose-bush, full of glorious roses, and said: "What the sun is to this rose bush, Christ is to me!"

By Thomas Watson:
Song of Solomon 2:1: "I am the Rose of Sharon." The rose is the queen of flowers; it is most delicious for color and scent—to show that fragrant perfume which Christ sends forth. All roses, though beautiful, have their prickles; only the Rose of Sharon does not!  This rose never loses its color nor fragrancy! Is it not then, very lovely?


By C.H. Spurgeon:

"I am the Rose of Sharon." Song of Solomon 2:1

Whatever there may be of beauty in the material world, Jesus Christ possesses all that in the spiritual world, in a tenfold degree. Among flowers, the rose is deemed the sweetest—but Jesus is infinitely more beautiful in the garden of the soul—than the rose can in the gardens of earth. He takes the first place as the fairest among ten thousand. He is the sun—and all others are the stars; the heavens and the day are dark—in comparison with Him, for the King in His beauty transcends all.

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