Several weeks ago I had lunch with two old friends, and one friend brought us each a beautiful and most unique rose… a type of rose i had never seen before… not your typical hybrid, or tea rose. Something different, kind of rare, special.
And thanks to the power of the internet I now know the rose is called a Duke of Edinburgh Rose, named and crafter for the husband of the queen of England. It turns out to be an antique hybrid, originally cultivated in 1868 and is known as a Hybrid Perpetual. Now I am not a grower of roses, but this flower was majestic, striking, and so very fragrant.
Thank you Tina. Perhaps the metaphor of the rose is that old things are good, fragrant, like our old friendship, with new reaquantance.