Roses are red
Their thorns can be spears
Let's paint it instead
Is this a rose? It says so, from a Dara Shikoh album - yes, my students have confirmed it is. They are more experienced gardeners!
Or this one? I'm not sure it's a rose - I'm not sure what flower it is at all - it is a fantastic image though! Anyone know what it is? - Update: thanks to @Sara and @Kathlyn Powell I now know it's a Glory Lily! Completely forgot the lily family for this season of flowers so it'll have to wait for next year. I love this one below!
I wanted to put up the entire image here as it gets cut off on the website:
The quintessential rose as seen in a miniature painting
And the quintessential rose - so quintessential that it's an archetypal stock image of a rose. This one is copyright free (hence watermarks)