Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but it would lack a certain pizazz!

On Saturday morning, I walked down the road from the retreat house where we were staying to the beautiful public rose garden across from the famous mission in Santa Barbara. It was a loverly, warm day, and I couldn't resist snapping away with our camera. The roses in this garden are just gorgeous! 
As I was moseying through the garden, I was so tickled by the wonderful names people have given to these flowers. It reminded me of the Garden of Eden when God invited Adam (Eve hadn't been created yet) to name the animals. 

Two books I've been reading lately (Walking on Water by Madeleine L'Engel and To Own a Dragon by Donald Miller) have both talked about the power of naming and being named. I think it is a wonderful honor that even today, we get to join with Adam in naming our children, our spouses (terms of endearment), our friends (nicknames), and even flowers! My maternal grandfather raised and developed different varieties of hibiscus, and even named two of his created varieties after my sister and me.

Enjoy the beauty and the names of these Santa Barbara roses. (Note: The roses pictured below do not necessarily correspond with the pictured names.) 


Mrs. G. said...

These are so beautiful. Peace has always been my favorite rose.

Jennifer Disney said...

beautiful photos! I love the names!

Autumn's Mom said...

How cute! I love the names too.

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I thought that mon cheri was my favorite, until I saw Pillow Fight! Too cute!

Speaking of naming, my great-grandparents owned land where the govt wanted to build a freeway, and through eminent domain, they sold the land. It was ok, they made a good deal out of it, and a whole generation of grandchildren got college educations from the deal (my mom's generation). Anyway, in addition to the freeway, some streets were named, so there are streets in that area named for my Grandma, my great aunts, and my mom (the only grandchild born at the time of the naming). Cool, huh?

Saucy said...

Starshine, baby! Those roses are lovely, your blog design is too-too, but your wedding outfit... Lordy! I.Love.It. You're my new "BDBIES" (That's best-dressed-bride-I've-ever-seen) and you have usurped a gal I used to know named Lisa Beeker. Love the gold.

Kim said...

Oooh! What a great retreat you went on this weekend! And the roses are kinda nice too. (:

Starshine said...

J - Awesome story about the street names!

Saucy - BDBIES!!! I'm honored! :)

Kim - Thanks for stopping by...yes, the retreat was great!

C said...

Wonderful photos, Starshine! They're all so beautiful!

BTW, there's a little something from Canada headed your way! I sent it a few days ago, so hopefully you'll get it soon! :)