Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Sentimental Beauty

This beautiful 'Sir Thomas Lipton' Hybrid Rugosa Rose
was planted in 2011 to honor the memory of my Dear Mother.

It didn't bloom that year,
but on the day that my Dear Father died
a year later, it bloomed for the very first time.

They were married 58 years.

Since then, this Sentimental Beauty has bloomed faithfully
on this very special anniversary.

My Father's last gift to me.

This beautiful rose brings me such comfort and joy!

As I write this, I see it right outside my living room window.

This year, my sweet Mr. installed a rose arbor
  to capture its beauty.

This rose has an intoxicating scent.

The flowers are large, but delicate and don't last long in arrangements.

So I am happy to just enjoy it gracing the arbor.

If you would like to grow your own Rugosa Rose,

you can find growing information Here

This commemorative garden is a work in progress.....

I hope to add to it as the years go on, adding favorite flowers

that they loved to grow.

Today I am linking with Under Lock and Key: Floral Friday

Thank you, Trishie for hosting this fun meme!


  1. What a very beautiful rose and lovely way to remember your late mother by. The fact that it bloomed on the day your father died a year later must have been vey special and I actually felt goosebumps!

  2. Such a gorgeous rose this is and what a wonderful reminder of this last gift from your father!

  3. A beautiful rose, memories and place to enjoy them. xx

  4. That is a perfect gift from your Mom and Dad perfect timing. HUGS HUGS B

  5. This beautiful flower brings you sweet fond memories.You did very well installing the rose arbor, it protects and reveals its beauty.

  6. Dearest Karen,
    Lovely story and yes, flowers can communicate their love to us in a very special way... even more so as a last gift from your dear Father.
    Wishing you and yours a Happy 4th of July!

  7. Hi Karen,

    Your sentimental beauty must be such a sweet comfort to you, indeed. What a pretty flower! It looks so vibrant and fresh and adorns your arbour with such charm.

    Happy 4th of July!


  8. this is so beautiful and is so sentimental. thanks for sharing this lovely post.

  9. What a sweet and sentimental post. Blessings to you. Hugs. Pam

  10. I don't know how to hop blogs yet, so I will just enjoy your special rose and the teeny-tiny pictures from the other hoppers ;)
    Happy, Blessed Fourth!
    Gloriously windy here and sunny/cloudy due to the offshore hurricane.

  11. Karen, this wonderful flower is her father bringing the beauty of the moment for your home, that sweet memory! The arbor was a beautiful idea!
    This epoch presents us with the beauty of flowers is a joy to see your photos!
    Big kiss dear friend and a beautiful weekend for y'all.

  12. How special that the rose has "spoken" to you to remind you of your parents. I love that you keep their memory alive through the plants they enjoyed.

  13. Hi Karen I love the flowers and the arbor and your yard is always so nice to look at and thanks for showing us. Happy 4th of July and weekend.

  14. Hi Karen,

    How special the beautiful rose is to you, to remember your dear Mother by.
    It looks gorgeous gracing the arbour.
    Happy Independence day

  15. What a beautiful, sentimental and loving post, Karen. Just lovely.
    Your garden is quite lovely.
    Blessings, Debbie

  16. A beautiful post Karen, One gorgeous rose in memory of your wonderful parents, keeping your happy memories with you daily...I adore your Garden....Hugs May x x

  17. I love your idea of a memory garden and that rose is a sweet one! I have several flowers that are from family and friends, but not in one special place in the garden. Now you've given me an idea. I'm not sure my hubby will like that:)

  18. Oh Beatrice,
    she is indeed a sentimental beauty! But she is showing you that they're still somewhere around! And that's wonderful!
    All my best

  19. Such a beautiful rose and wonderful as a last gift. I love the way that you have brought one into the house and have it floating in the bowl. I may just try that to encapsulate the scent that these roses produce. Have a wonderful weekend my friend xx

  20. Beautiful rose and happy memories to go with it.

  21. How lovely those roses are... and such sweet memories to go with them. You have a pretty garden. And I have to say I enjoyed seeing that leaded window piece hanging in your window into the garden. Lovely!

  22. Oh I got goose bumps. That was your Father telling you he is with your Mother. What a beautiful story. I believe in this. God is talking to you.yvonne

  23. What a beautiful memorial for your mum, and now for your dad too. So sorry about losing your parents Karen. Very sad to lose our loved ones but I guess it's just the fact of life. Their memories will live in our hearts forever. Wishing you a good weekend my dear friend.

    Sending hugs,

  24. Such a beautiful rose, and beautiful sentiments it brings up. I enjoy Rugosa roses too - I began to plant them because the deer seemed to leave them alone - and it worked!

  25. What a beautiful memory, thank you for sharing this story with us :)

  26. I joined in the meme this month for the first time and enjoyed seeing your beautiful rose. It is even more special given the story behind your planting it. I hope the memories it brings of your parents include happy ones.


  27. Que lindo esas rosas en tu jardín Beatrice querida !

  28. What a lovely story about the rose's first bloom. And such a beautiful way to remember your parents by doing a memory garden. And that rose arbor, be still my heart!

  29. I've always loved Rugosa roses, I Iove their form, foliage and their fragrance.
    Sir Thomas Lipton is exquisite and a very fitting rose to plant in memory of your dear mother.
    What a story, that's amazing that it waited to flower on the day your dear papa passed on - a signal from your Mama perhaps at the thought of being re-united with her beloved husband!

    The rose arbour is very special Karen, I hope you you show us more photos of it from time to time.

    have a happy week.

  30. Karen,
    What a pretty rose. I love white roses, as they symbolize peace and grace to me. It will always remind you of your beloved mom. I lost my mom about five years ago too. They look pretty next to the rose arbor that your husband built. And I love its name, Sentimental Beauty.

    Have a wonderful week, Karen.


  31. Dearest Karen; OMG, so sorry for missing this beautiful post, my friend!!! I was almost in tears reading the story (haha, my husband looked sort of confused while having breakfast). My father died last Dec. and I still miss him :-) Marvelous and Beautiful rose arbor♡♡♡ Thank you very much for sharing this post, dear friend.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  32. What a beautiful flower and reminder of your late father. It's lovely how it holds such a special meaning for you and still brings your comfort and joy.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  33. Oh did I miss this! What a stunning rose and the story and sentiment behind this flower brought me to tears. Gosh...I am just speechless right now. I love the arbor and its contrasts that beauty perfectly! What a blessing to have this gift from your dad and the fact that it bloomed a year later...well...that's all you had to say! Wishing you a wonderful week! Nicole xoxo

  34. What a lovely flower linked to such a sweet (and sad) memory.

  35. A very special post indeed, and I thank you so much for sharing it's very special meaning to you. Your photos are exquisite! Thank you also for stopping by and wishing me a happy birthday, I appreciate your kind thought very much :)

  36. Dear Karen,
    what a Beautiful rose, and such a wonderful Memory to your dear Dad !
    You gave her the right place , so you can see her through the window ...........may she enjoy you again and again with her beautiful flowers !
    Thank you for visiting me and your kind comment :O)
    Have a nice week,
    Claudia xox

  37. quelle belle vue de votre fenêtre
    un très beau jardin
    une rose magnifique , j'ai un rosier blanc il s'appelle " Reine des neiges "
    quand ma mère est partie , j'ai recupéré un rosier qu'elle aimait beaucoup
    il donne tous les ans jusqu'à l'automne des roses rose superbe
    c'est un " Catherine Deneuve "
    j'aime le regarder ♥♥♥♥ c'est mon souvenir à moi
    merci de se partage et de votre visite
    je vais m'inscrire à votre newsletter + membres
    à très bientôt
    edith (iris)

  38. What a beautiful and lovely gift!

  39. This is such a sweet story! It's so special that your mother's memorial rose bloomed the day your dad joined her in Heaven! I love how the garden gives beautiful gifts, if we just take the time to notice.

  40. What a lovely idea of a commemorative garden, dear Karen. I'm sure you smile whenever you look at the beautiful rose bush and think of your parents. How wonderful that they had 58 years together. xo


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