With all the unrest and anger in the world, I am lost for words. So many people are hurting, more are being hurt every day, and I feel powerless to help. I was thinking that there is too little peace in this world and that’s when I realised that I could share some peace with you – from my garden to you! I hope this does not sound flippant; it’s not meant to!
When I bought the garden, there were a number of well-established rose bushes. The most beautifully scented of the roses died the winter before I bought the garden, but the others continued to flourish. I knew that one of the roses was ‘Queen Elizabeth’, but I did not know the names of the other roses. I tried to find out what other varieties of roses I had growing in my garden, and I hope that I managed to correctly identify the one in the pictures below as Mme A. Meilland, also known as Peace. There is an interesting story to the naming of this rose, which you can find on Wikipedia via this link. Here is an excerpt:
The adoption of the trade name “Peace” was publicly announced in the United States on 29 April 1945 by the introducers, Conard Pyle Co. This was the very day that Berlin fell, a day considered a turning point in the Second World War in Europe. Later that year Peace roses were given to each of the delegations at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco, each with a note that read:
“We hope the ‘Peace’ rose will influence men’s thoughts for everlasting world peace”.
I wonder how many of those plants from 1945 are still flourishing? I hope that these pictures may bring a little peace to you!