Friday, January 02, 2009

The charm of white roses

White roses on the dinner table, always arranged in this heirloom pressed-glass compote, are a Thanksgiving tradition at our house. But this year a family emergency took us away from home at Thanksgiving, so the white roses graced our Christmas table, instead.

White roses thrill me because they're never completely white. There's always a subtle hint of shell pink or creamy yellow or spring green at their centers, giving the "colorless" flowers a charm unmatched by their more obvious brothers and sisters.

These photos are a few days old; I threw the roses out yesterday. Even kept in a cool room and given plenty of water, they last for only a week. But like bright meteors that streak through the nighttime sky, their beauty is all the more precious because it is so short-lived.

7 comments:

Shelley said...

What beautiful flowers! And their beauty can live on because of your photo!

Julana said...

Some days, I just want to come and live at your house, and drink tea, gaze at bouquets, and write romance novels. Please?

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Those roses are beautiful. I hope you are having a Happy New Year so far!

hope42day said...

I love these pictures...thank you for the beauty.

Jennifer Shirk said...

They look so lovely!

Happy New Year!

Robin Bayne said...

White roses are my fave!!!

Brenda Coulter said...

Thanks, everyone, for the lovely comments. You people are so nice.