My favorite places at Kew Gardens were the rose gardens
and the lily pond (saved for another day)
I arrived at the gardens early and was the only person among the roses.
They made me crazy with happiness.
They weren't tended to. Their entire life cycles were on view everywhere I looked.
I have no idea why, as other gardens were traditionally, immaculately snipped and shaped.
Of course I loved it this way.
This was my favorite color.
And now, of course, I want to grow roses.
I have a couple of sweet and easy floribunda,
but none of the extravagant colors, shapes, or fragrances.