Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rose Party

There’s a fireworks celebration going on in our garden and it’s way past the 4th of July. This one is only noticeable if you stop and look real, real close.  It’s in the center of a wild, vibrant colored rose that we named the Roanoke Rose, due to its discovery at the Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island, North Carolina.  It now resides in our garden and lately there’s been a lot to celebrate, considering the battles it has endured.

This rose has a group of deer that love to eat it!  We actually think the deer version of Bon Appetit magazine must have published an article about this rose being a delectable, deer delicacy, with bright colored roses and thorn free stems, because it’s become the latest culinary rage in deer dining spots. Yum!  They love it.

Fortunately, hundreds of new savory selections are growing in the garden now and the deer have moved on to more trendy dining spots. And the rose has bloomed!  We were thrilled and it obviously was too, since a full blown fireworks celebration and dancing is going on in the center of each rose.  The celebration is so noisy the deer probably won’t ever come around again. And if they do, they'll just have to dance.

Celebrating does that.  It just kind of chases away all those things that eat at you.  It creates a force of joy that simple repels any little spoilers.  Celebrating changes the entire atmosphere. And it’s good for the soul!  Listen to how one of the wisest men in history reflected on the importance of celebrating:

I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice (celebrate!), and to do good in their lives, and also that everyone should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is the gift of God.”  King Solomon 

So, take a tip from a little rose that’s had its head bit off every day and a very wise king.  
There’s actually “nothing better” for you to do. And when you let a celebration begin in your heart, the music from your soul will change the very atmosphere that surrounds you.

Dancing with the deer,
The Velvet Lime Girls
Elizabethan Gardens - Original home of our rose.