Roses are red
Their thorns can be spears
Let's paint it instead
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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)
Yes, indeed! This one is making me drunk on the fragrance. I inhale and my head spins.
Tulips are exquisite, and the parrot tulip is a floral rainbow!
I hope the photo comes through OK! (I've been having some weirdnesses with respect to images lately.)
Wow! Truly psychedelic!
I have a big, glorious, golden yellow and very fragrant rose sitting on my desk right now, reminding me of all the dimensions of beauty!
Look what I found! I've been searching for the perfect rose. I think I've found some candidates that just seem to look like that quintessential archetypical rose:
And - if you want to learn about blending:
Someone gave me a blue rose once and I was so fascinated, I couldn't stop looking at it. I pressed and kept the petals somewhere. He also gave me a blue egg in the same present and I kept the eggshell for a long, long time after that even though it was broken. Blue is a fairly unusual colour in some parts of nature.
And how about this - nobody's ever given me a rainbow rose before! Something I'd like to try myself one day - dyeing flower petals like this. Bit crazy but a good study in the absorbency of dyes into the translucent 'paper' of the petals:
Hello! It is a Flame Lily, also known as a Gloriosa Lily. Gloriosa superba. I have painted this flower. It’s fun!