Sunday, May 31, 2009

Thematic Photographic - Single

Every week Carmi at Written, Inc. poses a theme for photographic inspiration. This week's theme is SINGLE.

A single rose. A single single rose.

We're all used to the finely-shaped hybrid tea roses with their pointed buds wrapped in tender petals. And we swoon over the lush, multi-petal old roses, with their flat faces, their hundreds of petals crammed together so tightly.

But the first roses, the species roses, are simple flowers - a golden boss of stamens surrounded by five wide delicate petals. Colors are usually white, pale yellow, pale pink, or a deep but clear crimson.

Rosarians call this form of flower "single." There are also flowers that are called "double", or "semi-double" depending on how many petals there are.

This blossom above is a picture of a bloom from a huge thorny shrub growing on a fence by a nearby driveway, here in Topanga, California. Because of the color, habit, and characteristics of the rose, and because the property used to belong to an Englishwoman who was a professional gardener, I believe it is the single rose "Mermaid."

16 comments:

Just Jinny said...

I had no idea that a rose could look like that. Very interesting to learn.

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dennisthemennis.co.uk said...

Quality!!

srp said...

This reminded me of the flower.. lenten rose... which really isn't a rose at all. We are building on a "winter garden" room and on the outside it will have a trellis up and around the roof line. I am toying with the idea of a climbing rose to train around the trellis.. our botanical garden has them growing up and over several gazebos and they are lovely with their tiny flowers.
I love your house too.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Breathtaking.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

lovely - I"ve never seen a rose that looked like that - now I have to exploring my area!

Carmi said...

Resonant and gorgeous. I can practically feel the texture on the petals.

It's like nature's art show - every time I look at a flower, I see something different and memorable. Great choice for the theme!

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