Roses have been movingly portrayed in paintings and literature for centuries.
From Shakespeare writing in Romeo and Juliet
'What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet' there are hundreds of quotations from which to choose.
Here are a few of my favourites
Won't you come into the garden?
I would like my rose to meet you.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
On Richmond Hill there lived a lass
More bright than May-day morn,
Whose smiles all other maids surpass,
A rose without a thorn.
The lily has an air,
And the snowdrop a grace,
And the sweet pea a way,
And the heart's ease a face, -
Yet there's nothing like the rose
When she blows.
Christina G. Rossetti
Rose trees either side the door were
Growing lithe and growing tall,
Each one set a summer warder
For the keeping of the hall, -
With a red rose and a white rose
Leaning, nodding at the wall.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning