Photo taken in the late ‘90s at Robert Sabin’s Garden in Mill Neck, NY.
To my dear friend, Grace Tedesco, who considered me as a daughter, this poem is for her. She passed away this year at the age of 101 and had been married for 76 years. She was a great lover of rose, most notably Queen Elizabeth which she exhibited up to the age of 97 always winning a blue ribbon for Queen Elizabeth. In Oyster Bay, she was the Rose Queen and I was the Rose Lady. If not for the fall accident which she had after showing her roses at the Long Island Rose Society Rose Show in 2007, she would probably be still exhibiting. She was a true and loyal friend to the end. I miss her and her constant advice that I should slow down. Great advice from a true friend which someday I might follow.
Love is like the wild rose-briar,
Friendship like the holly-tree –
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in the spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with the holly’s sheen,
That when December blights thy brow
He may still leave thy garland green.
Roses are not difficult to grow contrary to popular belief as long as you know what they need. Why do you think Roses have been around for millions of years? All they need are food, water and sunlight. Just like you and me.
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