Painting Roses

Now that I only have two roses to tend to on my Myrtle Beach balcony (compared to my once sprawling rose garden I sold in Pennsylvania), I find myself longing to capture the thrill of more bountiful blooms. In the past, I would photograph my own roses constantly posing in my garden or travel to the nearby Hershey Gardens to film the pleasantry of petals, but considering the nearest rose garden is approximately 2 hours away, I ponder the possibilities of painting roses instead.  Thankfully, YouTube provides much guidance and inspiration as I embark on creating and collecting a unique rose garden…on paper!

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Christopher Columbus Discovered a Rose

“The rose played a significant part in the discovery of America. It was on October 11,1492, that Columbus and his weary crew, while becalmed in the frightening Sargasso Sea, picked out of the water a rose branch bright with red hips. It was this that gave seafarers the courage to continue their voyage to the New World” -The Magic World of Roses, Matthew A.R. Bassity

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A large rose hip weighs heavily on a Texas rose cane.

Started My Third Book Today!

typewriter_rose_article As the rose gardening season winds down for winter, today I sat down to write the book that has brewing within my heart for the past year or so. My third and final rose devotional book will be called Ever-Blooming and Ever-Rejoicing: Through Seasons of Change. Just as in all my books, this one will offer rose gardening tips, particularly of how to care for roses in each season, along with a spiritual parallel.

Here is the first draft of its introduction:

In my 40 years of life, especially as a follower of Jesus Christ, I’ve discovered while growing up in God’s garden, there will inevitably be seasons of change. The question is will I remain ever-blooming and ever-rejoicing through it all? How easy to praise my Creator and Master Gardener through Seasons of Hope and Seasons of Celebration, but can I praise Him through the uncomfortable and exhausting Season of Perseverance or through a Season of Patient Rest? It’s through such seasons that seeds of His Spirit evolve into fruit to be harvested, shared, and enjoyed.

Furthermore, I’ve found when I am content in all areas and all circumstances, it is then I am free to transition into the next season He has for me. What season do you find yourself in today? More importantly, are you able to be “ever-blooming” and “ever-rejoicing” through it all?