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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rosa Scepter'd Isle and a Rainy Saturday in July

Scepter'd Isle is one of my favourite roses, and I've planted it at the top of the steps leading from the top terrace to the rest of the kitchen garden, so that I see when I walk through the garden, and from the kitchen windows too. The flowers are a delicious shell pink, the sort of pink you want your lover's gift of drawers to be; shell pinks, oyster, ivory, palest pistachio; light and airy and gorgeous and wildly expensive and fabulous.I'm between scents at the moment, my favourite since its launch a few years ago is Coco Mademoiselle. I wear it all day, everyday. But increasingly I'm drawn to Soir de Lune especially since the salesgirl at House of Fraser gave me a little goodie bag with samples a month ago. I spray the perfume onto those gorgeous little fragrance cards, and tuck them in my underwear drawers; each time I open them, the scent wafts out to greet me. Oh how can I be so unfaithful to Coco Mademoiselle... all too easily, it seems.
This is how David Austin describes Scepter'd Isle: "This is a charming rose which bears numerous, cupped flowers, with yellow stamens visible within. The colour is a soft pink shading to a paler pink on the outer petals. Its growth is rather upright, with its flowers held above the foliage. It flowers freely and continuously. There is a powerful fragrance - an outstanding example of the English Rose fragrance, based on the myrrh note introduced with ‘Constance Spry’." And just look at the raindrop, captured at the base of this rose before it falls into my waiting hands. Roses, rainfall and joys in my heart.

7 comments:

Mr. Anthrope said...

I am tagging you, Amalee. In the nicest possible way, of course! Come and join in.

See my blog for details of what I'm on about...

http://misanthropeandglory.blogspot.com/

Mr. Anthrope said...

Hello Amalee,

Well, I was reading your blog because I was browsing Blogger and your site was one of the few that didn't seem to be full of poorly spelt rants! In answer to your questions, I'm not Scots - I was jsut listening to a Proclaimers album and I thought I'd encourage others to do likewise. A working cowboy? No, I can't say that's every crossed my mind. I'm actually a professional copywriter - so it would be quite a career leap! Kevin Costner? Nope. Although 'No Way Out' isn't too bad.

Finally, many thanks for the offer, but someone beat you to it in the marriage stakes. Ah! It's a Proclaimers reference isn't it?

M&G

Amalee Issa said...
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Mr. Anthrope said...

It's my second. Very strange how the same institution (marriage) can be such a contrasting experience. There will never be the need for a third.

I must read those blogs ...

M&G

Amalee Issa said...

Well, I've warned you about heather's blog. "Deal or no deal?" Oh dear...

April said...

Gorgeous roses, Amalee.

"delicious shell pink, the sort of pink you want your lover's gift of drawers to be"

Perfect description. I laughed out loud, but know exactly what color/ colour you mean... lovely.

Hey, if this fellow ends up actually being Kevin Costner, would you mind convincing him to stop in northern Illinois on your way to his Montana ranch in your private jet? That'd be nice.

Amalee Issa said...

Ofc! I'll throw you in the back of the jet then we'll fly over to Pioneer Woman and Marlboro Man's ranch and buzz the cattle! LOL

Amalee