Thursday, April 26, 2018

Take Time to Smell the Roses

Roses have added beauty to our lives since, well, creation.
If the vibrant beauty of a blood red rose doesn't stop a person, it's fragrance of delight will at least cause most to slow down. 

In this day of commercialism, we can buy roses almost anywhere and of many colors and characteristics. From big beauties to miniature roses. A few years ago, Japan even came up with a genetically altered blue rose. Seems roses lack the gene to make blue. 

So, what kind of roses did they have to choose from in the 1860s?  There were not nearly the types to choose from as we have today. Most roses are found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. 

The Heirloom roses were available to those in 1860 and early America. Roses such as Damask, Albas, Gallica, and Centifolia. You can still find these roses today.

Roses were first cultivated in China 5000 years ago, and most of the modern day roses are built on these.

Tea Roses got there name because their blooms smelled like fresh tea. 

Gardening and cultivation of new roses became a hobby for many resulting in a variety of roses.

In my new series, Bounty Hunter Matchmaker, Rand Ketcham is a retired bounty hunter who has taken up rose gardening. His wife, who tragically died two years before, had brought two bushes from her wealthy home in Nacogdoches, TX.  Rand takes solace in the roses and along with his roses, he becomes something of a matchmaker. Maybe someday, he'll even find a new love of his own.   
Watch for Book 1 Lawfully Saved out May 22nd.

Remember, take time to smell the roses and better yet, pick one and give it to someone you love.
Have a blessed day.
Patricia PacJac Carroll

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