Jubilee and roses

4 Jun

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or reading nothing but Russian novels, you know it’s the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.  This weekend, in fact.  Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating 60 years on the throne, and her 86th birthday.  Between the Jubilee and the Olympics, the UK has gone celebration crazy.

Red, white, and blue everywhere.  It’s convenient for Americans like us, since we already have plenty of red, white, and blue decorations or party clothes.  Although it can get confusing when the band plays “God Save the Queen” and you automatically start belting out “Our Country ‘Tis of Thee”.  While retaining all my proud American patriotism, I am very happy to celebrate and honor Queen Elizabeth and her long reign.

With cake, of course.

And some homemade Jubilee punch.

And some more cakes.

Our garden is celebrating, too, and blowing out gorgeous fat scented blossoms for the Queen.

and

Those roses are better than fireworks.  (Well, almost.)

These are all from different rose bushes in our garden.

The colors and scents are intense  – yet ephemeral.

A bit rainy this Jubilee weekend, but I don’t think the roses mind.

Sigh.

Raindrops like a lace shawl.

A rose of another shape.

And an almost abstract close up.  A bed of roses sounds wonderful about now.

Happy Jubilee!

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11 Responses to “Jubilee and roses”

  1. Selena June 4, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Amazing photographs of the roses!! Just beautiful!

    • Monique June 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Thank you! I’m so lucky the previous renter had a green thumb & loved roses.

  2. haitiruth June 4, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Beautiful!

  3. Zazzy June 4, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    The cakes and punch look delicious but oh my, those roses are beautiful! I want more photos of your garden!

    • Monique June 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

      🙂 The garden isn’t very large, but these roses are gorgeous.

  4. Rebecca Forbes August 5, 2012 at 1:01 am #

    Russian novels: Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov you might just love that book.

    • Monique August 5, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Thanks for the book rec, Rebecca!

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