Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Winter passes and

one remembers one's perseverance."  ~ Yoko Ono

That is actually the final stanza of a smaller poem by Yoko:
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence.
Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance.
Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.
Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.”  
For many of us in the colder climates, it has been quite a winter,
but seasons change..winter passes, and, with that, come the flowers.
I am setting up a display based on roses.  Of course, the shop is called The Dutch Rose, but that is actually a quilt pattern
and a Depression era dish pattern
And we picked the name because both my husband and I have Dutch ancestry, and I add Irish into the mix.

So, back to roses...the language of flowers is called floriography.  Ancient Egyptians gathered, collected, and displayed flowers as did ancient Romans, Greeks, and Chinese.  Meaning has been attributed to flowers for thousands of years.  Plants and flowers are used as symbols in the Hebrew Bible — particularly of love and lovers in the "Song of Songs", as an emblem for the Israelite people and for the coming Messiah— and of Jesus Christ in the New Testament. 
William Shakespeare blooms with floral references!  From The Winter's Tale...                
                                          When daffodils begin to peer,
                                          With heigh! the doxy over the dale,
                                          Why, then comes in the sweet o' the year...
Right on, William!
In the 15th century roses represented rival factions in England.  The "War of the Roses" refers to the Heraldic badges associated with the two royal houses, the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster.  The rose is still the national flower of England despite its "warring" history.
The first cultivated roses appeared in Asian gardens more than 5,000 years ago.  In ancient Mesopotamia, Sargon I, King of the Akkadians (2684-2630 B.C.) brought "vines, figs and rose trees" back from a military expedition beyond the River Tigris. Confucius wrote that during his life (551-479 B.C.), the Emperor of China owned over 600 books on the culture of Roses.

In a very modern twist to this topic, in celebration of the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space in April 2011, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., pointed Hubble's eye to an especially photogenic group of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. This image of a pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273 was released to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy has actually passed through the larger one.
Anyway, we are in full bloom...paper roses (not the unfaithful kind--maybe you remember that song)...and bunches and bunches of color...and plates and throws...and pillows and candles...but remember...


"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." ~ Margaret Atwood

1 comment:

Just a bed of roses said...

Learned alot about the history of roses susan. Your shop is looking very cheerful. Glad your mother is being well cared for, that can lift all your spirits like spring does. My husband would qualify about smelling like dirt!