Blue Roses


Midnight Blue
‘Midnight Blue’ Rose from Edmunds’ Roses


I have heard people say they want a blue rose. How many do you think really want a blue rose? Count me out. I am a traditionalist. I want a red Hybrid Tea and a pink or white Old Garden Rose. I’m not a fan of blue rose if there is such a thing of which there is none. There are reddish purple roses like the picture above but not exactly blue roses. I like blue flowers but not a blue rose. Blue iris, blue delphinium, blue bellflowers, blue pansies, blue lavender but absolutely not a blue rose. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) shared my sentiment.


The Light that Failed

Roses red and roses white

Plucked I for my love’s delight.

She would none of all my posies –

Bade me gather her blue roses.


Half the world I wandered through

Seeking where such flowers grew.

Half the world unto my quest

Answered me with laugh and jest.


Home I came at wintertide,

But my silly love had died

Seeking with her latest breath

Roses form the arms of Death.


It may be beyond the grave

She shall find what she would have

Mine was but an idle quest –

Roses white and red are best!


Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.





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