Garden Bloggers Muse Day: Roses



You love the roses – so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet: and it would be
Like sleeping and yet waking, all at once.

By: George Eliot (a/k/a Mary Ann Evans)

I wonder if George Eliot would have been so famous if allowed to publish under her own name.

For more musings, thank our host, Carolyn Gail, at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.


  1. I found a stunning Double Knockout by PW today, in fact our one garden centre had alot of PW plants! So thanks for the tip-off 🙂

    Sarah, you are so welcome. I loved talking with you.~~Dee

  2. M A says:

    Love the poem, love the photo. Please send the split rail fence. I got the rocks today.

    ox, MA

    So glad you liked the rocks.~~Dee

  3. deb says:

    Beautiful poem. Love the rose bush.

    Thanks, Deb.~~Dee

  4. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Love the roses and the quote Dee.

    Thanks, Lisa. Happy Muse Day.~~Dee

  5. CurtissAnn says:


    Your rose bush on the rail is beau-ti-ful! Makes me smile.

    I thank you every day for recommending the Zepherine to me that I have near my entry.

    George Eliot does sound infinitely better than Mary Ann Evans, which makes me ponder how I have been influenced by a patriarchal society. I also had the urge to change my name, but wait– I have a male name! 🙂


    Thank you, Sugar. I’m glad you love ZD. She is very special to me like you.~~Dee

  6. Louise says:

    This rose looks absolutely perfect planted here. x

    Thanks, Louise, it was a happy accident.~~Dee

  7. Brenda Kula says:

    I doubt it. Don’t you?


  8. Mr. McGregor's Daughter says:

    Maybe with a different first given name (Mary Ann is not very artistic sounding). Your roses are lovely and a good counterpoint to the rough texture of the wood.

    Thanks, MMD. George Eliot is more polished. Women were forced to use male pseudonyms, and my daughters won’t have to. This makes me glad.~~Dee

  9. carolyngail says:

    Me too, Dee. I also recall how difficult it was for women to break into country music.

    Thanks for participating with your lovely poem and photo.

    Carolyn, thanks for inviting me and the others to participate. I’m coming to visit the others soon.~~Dee

  10. I fear not, Dee (as to G.E.). But things have changed, most fortunately. Not for all of us, but for many at least. I’m sure as gardening bloggers we add to that list.

    The log cabin background is just as beautiful as can be. To see those lovely pink roses against those logs is about as charming an environment as one could wish for, I do believe. I’m happy for your good fortune. 🙂

    Thanks, Kathryn. Yes, things have changed for women, both good and bad. We do get to own our work though.~~Dee

  11. Nancy Bond says:

    A beautiful poem, and gorgeous roses to illustrate it. The fence makes a perfect companion for those soft pink roses. 🙂

    Thanks, Nancy. They’re ‘Apple Jack,’ and they smell heavenly. It only blooms once though.~~Dee

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