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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Hearts & Roses...

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Hearts and roses  
 are not only symbols of love and beauty,
they are symbols of hope and reassurance.

Deep within winter's gloomy skies,
blustery winds, and frozen temperatures,
hearts and roses lift us out of the dreariness
of winter's clutches and take us
into visions of love and beauty. 

The blowsy Redouté rose painted on the porcelain cup is 
as perfect as its true-life inspiration, 
the fresh rose stem with its rosy flower and rose-tinged buds.  

The greeting card depicting a cup filled with roses 
is also a true rendition of the real-life rose stem and buds. 
Where does the real flower end and 
the printed ones begin? 

A small bouquet of three stems is all the vase will hold. 
Oh, but that is enough when the stems are loaded with buds 
and perfect little blossoms. 

Could there be any more perfect bouquet to say, 

A rose-filled heart vase, a rose-covered cup, and a rose printed card 
chase away the winter doldrums. 

So much beauty and happiness in a single flower 
just when our spirits need it most. 

Whether the flower is real, in a vase, on a card, or on a cup, 
we feel the beauty and smile, 
happy in our hearts, 
happy in our imaginations.  

Hearts and roses 
midst winter throes  
promise days of summer will come again. 
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  1. One of the prettiest posts I've seen in a while! I loved visiting your blog. Don't have one myself, but I'll be here to visit again.

  2. Judith, I have to echo what Cynthia says above. These images are some of the prettiest I've seen. Lovely post for this cold, winter day. '-)

  3. I picked out things today to begin decorating for Valentine's Day tomorrow.

    I just love that glass heart shaped vase.

  4. What a precious little vase and beautiful roses! Enjoy your afternoon surrounded by beauty! hugs!

  5. Oh wow, that heart vase is stunning. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Beautiful == both the roses and words!

  7. Sooooooo pretty. Great job! Susan

  8. Gorgeous! I'm sharing a cuppa with you - I have the same mug! :-) LOVE it.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas


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