Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

Woodland Park Rose Garden, Seattle

“‘What a lovely thing a rose is!’

He walked past the couch to the open window and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green.  It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects.

‘There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as religion,’ said he, leaning with his back against the shutters.  ‘It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner.  Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers.  All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance.  But this rose is an extra.  Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it.  It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.'”
— Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty

Red rose

Red rose

June is the month of roses, and I celebrated with a visit to Seattle’s Woodland Park Rose Garden.  Even though admission is free, it is rarely crowded.  The varieties of roses there is amazing.

'Secret' hybrid tea rose

‘Secret’ hybrid tea rose

White flower beds near the pond

White flower beds near the pond

Lovely setting for a picnic

Lovely setting for a picnic

Water lilies in the pond

Water lilies in the pond

Woodland Park Rose Garden

Woodland Park Rose Garden

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