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The Name of the Rose


The sky had some unique striations in it last night just after the sun had set, and I ran to grab my camera.

Towards the west I took this photo.

Towards the south, the moon was already trying to inch out from behind the fir trees. I wanted to get more pictures of the moon, but just as it came out of hiding, my luck changed. The camera battery went dead. Quickly, switch batteries. But the spare was dead too, so that marked the end of the evening’s photographic efforts.


The next morning I managed to get more photos. The rudbeckia was irresistible.


Then I noticed this very special rose. I’ve had it for about 26 years and never knew its true name. When I bought it, the label said “Tropicana.” Its photo showed an orangey-red flower, but when mine finally bloomed, it was more like the colour of coffee with cream.


For years I thought the rose had been mislabeled but when I did a search for Tropicana, I saw that one or two of the roses were of this “coffee with cream” colour. The rest were the standard reddish orange. So maybe it wasn’t misnamed at all, but was just one of the few specimens with special colouring. And all these years I had wondered about the name of the rose.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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27 thoughts on “The Name of the Rose

  1. Flowers are always a good way to test your camera. 🙂 Beautiful sky!


  2. Peach Sorbet come quickly to mind. No aphids to be seen..what’s your recipe ? The Moon dancing over Comox Harbor is gorgeous.


  3. I’m glad you finally figured it out. Beautiful photos!

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  4. I love your roses, such a beautiful colour!

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  5. Love your rose picture. What a beautiful colour the rose has!

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  6. Stunning … just stunning!

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  7. You have an eye for taking pictures of the best of the best. Lovely rose..

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  8. I like how you led to what may be finally considered, “Truth in advertising.” Just took it awhile to get the “oomph” to burst from coffee with cream into splendid Tropicana. 🙂
    Your other photos were excellent, Anneli.

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    • Glad you approved, Robin. Sometimes I’ve been accused of not getting to the point fast enough.

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      • This is more likely my problem than yours, Anneli. Your writing experience has shown you understand not to be verbose and you edit more than I do. I need to work on this area on my own blog! 🙂
        When I said it took “it” awhile, I meant the flower took more than a season to become it’s beautiful and bright color, Anneli.

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        • Ohhhhh! Haha. That’s funny. My husband is always saying I should stop beating around the (rose) bush and get to the point. As I talked about the sky first and then the rudbeckia, it took ME a while to get to the rose. I see what you mean now. Isn’t that funny?! I’m glad you took the time to explain what you meant.


  9. I can actually SMELL that rose, through your photograph. Beautiful.

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  10. Gorgeous photos, Anneli. 🙂

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