under the rose

 

The expression ‘under the rose’ means that a discussion is meant to be private. The rose has long been a symbol of secrecy.

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  1. I visited all of your striking flower photos for October. They are best viwed full-screen, especially the glowing “Frangipani.”
    John R.: http://thedailygraff.com/

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  2. Such a lovely photograph. The colors are so vivid. Do you know the name of the rose.?

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    • Ah, Yvonne, I normally know these things–but in this case, I don’t. All I know is that it is a miniature rose. It blooms off and on all year round.

      Prospero

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  3. Roses are my favorite flowers – beautiful shot!

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    • Mary, I was surprised that I did not find a rose nosegay on your lovely pages. So, here is my challenge to you–make such a painting and post it on your blog. This would be the proof that you truly love roses, and it would make me (and others, i suspect) very happy.

      Prospero

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      • Great challenge! I love growing roses, but painting them is the real challenge for me. I tried painting a rose once and the result was laughable. One day in the future I’ll give it a try and will post the results. Until then I’ll continue to enjoy your photography and tending to my garden roses. Your challenge is interesting though ~ Mayr

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  4. this is something I did not know/had never heard……I just love flower photos!!

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    • You probably never heard of it because it’s a well kept secret!

      Prospero

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      • Love that I know it now!!!!!! it’s been under the rose all this time!

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  5. I love how you often isolate a flower on either a single color background or a very blurry background. This technique elevates the subject to portrait status. One can linger, contemplate, connect. And I’ve never heard that expression before. It makes me think that the such a conversation is not only secret but also intimate, and maybe, even a little forbidden…

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    • i have been thinking about this for a while. i hadn’t really thought about my pictures of flowers as being portraits, but you are right. It probably stems ( a poor botanical pun) from my habit of personifying nature in the context of prose: i just realized this when i posted “Their sly faces, abacinated by wonder.”

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  6. one of the most extraordinary roses i have ever seen. no, it can’t be that i really _saw_ it, it is indeed a dream, the ideal rose coming into being, floating between worlds…

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