2016-235 – Peppermint Stripe Rose Mandala

Candy Cane Rose with Bee - photo by Chris Minerd
Scentimental Rose with Bee – photo by Chris Minerd

This week’s MotD theme: A Rose is a Rose

Photographer, Chris Minerd, snapped this most opportune photo of a bee doing its thing while engaged with this bright and cheery scentimental rose at the International Test Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Here’s a case where I wish “scent” technology existed so that we could enjoy this rose’s fragrance along with it’s vibrant red and white striping.

About the ITR Garden:

The primary purpose of this garden is to serve as a testing ground for new rose varieties. The City of Portland Gold Medal Awards are issued annually to the best introductions. The first “Gold Medal” rose award was given in 1919, making it the oldest rose testing program of its kind in the United States. Portland is the only North American city to issue such awards. These award winning varieties are planted in the Gold Medal Garden.

Hybridizer Tom Carruth invented this rose. About him via the Garden.org web site:

Carruth, director of research at Weeks Roses in Upland, California, is the cream of this country’s very small crop of young professional rose hybridizers, with a number of popular new varieties to his credit. His red-and-white-striped floribunda, ‘Scentimental’, is an All-America Rose Selection for 1997, and last spring, gardeners snapped up every available plant of this unique, fragrant rose.

View more of Chris’s photos via his facebook photo page.

Inspiration for Today

Chris’s red and white rose with the bee demonstrate for us the cooperative nature of Nature; one helping the other. The rose needs the bee and the bee needs the rose.

Symbolically, the red and white rose signifies unity. Bees represent a healthy work ethic as well as representing for us how to live and work in harmony within community.

Today’s MotD suggests for us to closely examine how well we live/work/play in union and in harmony within ourselves and with others.

An appropriate mantra for today could be:

As I go about my day, I am calm within and operate in complete harmony and cooperation with all those around me.

Happy Coloring!

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