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Thursday, December 12, 2013
ROSES IN WRITING
A TRIBUTE TO ROSES FROM MARGARET TANNER
Housekeeping and tidying up. Not my favourite topic or
occupation, unless we are taking about tidying up my garden. In particular my
rose garden, which I tend with loving care, because roses truly deserve special
treatment. No chore to tidy up here. I banish any weed the moment it rears its
ugly head near my “lovelies.”
Roses are my favourite flower. My husband thinks I am
obsessed with them.I always wear rose
perfume, Bush Rose, Musk Rose. The Yardley (English company) Rose has a lovely
perfume, as sweet and fragrant as its namesake. How many wonderful people have
you met who are called Rose, Rosy, Rosemarie, Rosemary?
I have to confess that my garden is full of roses. Hubby
hates them with a passion because he thinks they deliberately jump out and
stick their prickles into him.
I love the old fashioned roses the best. They may not be
quite as colourful as the modern day varieties, but they always have a gorgeous
perfume.Just Joey, a beautiful large
bloomed orange rose with a delightful perfume is one of my favourites.Another favourite is a blood red rose named Oklahoma, the perfume is
as heady as wine. My garden has recently acquired a rose called. The Chocolate Rose.
I have to say that although the bloom is pretty, it isn’t stunning, but it
certainly has a chocolate perfume, and you can take that observation from a
chocoholic. If there is one thing I know, it is the smell of chocolate.
It amazes me how often I seem to put a flower in the title
of my romance novels, give my characters a floral name or mention flowers,
mostly roses, in my stories. It must have been an instinctive thing because I
don’t recall actively trying to do this.
One of my published novels was titled The English Rose. It had rather a tragic publishing
history, but I did a re-write, and it has now been released by Books We Love as
Frontier Belle, but the hero thinks the heroine looks like a fragile English rose and he often calls
her a delicate hothouse flower. In my
novel, Haunted Hearts, the heroine’s daughter is called Rosie. Daphne is the name
of my heroine in A Mortal Sin. I have also written a short story with the title
Call Of The AppleBlossom.
In my historical novel, Lauren’s Dilemma, there is a
poignant scene set in a garden and the heroine’s husband, (not the man she
loves, but the man who married her to save her from the disgrace of having a
baby out of wedlock), hands her a cream coloured rose.
In Savage Possession, the white rose worn by the Highlanders
in the Jacobite rebellion is mentioned. Daring Masquerade has scenes set in
gardens with lavender and rose bushes mentioned. In Fiery Possession, the hero
takes the heroine out into the beautiful rose garden created by his mother.
Can you see a pattern here?
So, there you have it. I wonder if there is such a thing as