Sunday, October 31, 2010

Show Off Your Cottage Monday

Welcome to "SHOW OFF YOUR COTTAGE MONDAY", a blog party I host at the beginning of each week to celebrate the things we love about our homes and how we live.
The House in the Roses
Today I'm celebrating the last roses of the season... I’m always amazed by the way these roses seem to defy nature. As if refusing to comply with death they thrive and bloom, yet they chose to surrender, humbly, to the new season's approach; mingling in meek harmony with their surrounding. I love the way these last roses of October join autumn in a mélange of colors and shapes that to me can only speak of a rare beauty that could never be alienated from melancholy.
Here are some photographs of my last bouquets… a cold rain have permeated our valley swooshing naughty winds around, and the garden has now turned crimsoned orange and tangerine reds. These are probably the last roses you will see here, until the return of another spring…
Tis the last rose of summer
(By Thomas Moore) Left blooming alone; All her lovely companions Are faded and gone; No flower of her kindred, No rosebud is nigh, To reflect back her blushes, To give sigh for sigh. I'll not leave thee, thou lone one! To pine on the stem; Since the lovely are sleeping, Go, sleep thou with them. Thus kindly I scatter, Thy leaves o'er the bed, Where thy mates of the garden Lie scentless and dead. So soon may I follow, When friendships decay, From Love's shining circle The gems drop away. When true hearts lie withered And fond ones are flown, Oh! who would inhabit, This bleak world alone? What are you celebrating? Take me to your cottage, show me how you live, tell me what's making you happy, or what's got you smiling, what new treasure have you find, your new creation!! Link, and take us there!


  1. I love poetry so this was such a treat to have a beautiful poem in addition to your always beautiful posts. The roses with the tealights are absolutely beautiful photos!


  2. The roses throughout your home are beautiful and the tealights add a nice atmosphere.

  3. Love the poem, and as always, the beautiful photos!

  4. I have enjoyed seeing all the late roses in my neighborhood. Yours are beautifully photographed. Can't wait to see them again in spring!

  5. I would love to paint these beautiful vignettes. Your rose garden must be amazing. I love those large ones, are they cabbage roses?

  6. Cielo, the rich colors of your roses are so beautiful. They honestly look like they came from an award winning gardner or an expensive florist in the Hamptons. I love that you appreciate them so much too. I noticed there is one bush left in my yard that has roses on it, and am planning on picking a few tomorrow. The bushes along the gate are gone now, but soon they'll come back. I have to enjoy the cool weather while I can, thanks again for hosting, I love linking up to this party.

  7. What a beautiful way to remember your summer roses. We have had a warm spell and have many new buds on my rose bushes. Hopefully, they will bloom as pretty as yours!

  8. What a beautiful way to remember your summer roses. We have had a warm spell and have many new buds on my rose bushes. Hopefully, they will bloom as pretty as yours!

  9. Oh dear, such beautiful roses you have! and really love how you play around with your table setting and a vase of roses! all look so beautiful! am sure your home smells of roses now!

  10. Those roses are magnificent! Thank you for such delight the first of this week and month.

    Ciao bella,

  11. Love the poem - Always love seeing your roses - it is a bit melancholy to say goodbye for a while to the roses. But, winter won't be that long - it will be beautiful and peaceful - just the atmosphere for dreaming

  12. What an absolutely beautiful tribute to the last rose of the season. So lovely as is your post.

  13. Your roses are beautiful and I love the poem.

  14. Your roses and poetry are beautiful!! I appreciate you allowing others to link up to you and share our cottages.

  15. Oh what beautiful fragile looking roses!
    How special, also, to have roses up until the end of October. Lucky!
    I wish you a wonderful November, and a magical winter to come.
    Thanks for hosting!

  16. Beautiful roses, Cielo...your garden must be amazing during the summer! I saw a little honey bee on one of your roses. :)

  17. gorgeous post. I'm dreaming of Christmas...not to rush you. lol I'm always pleased when I can join in. I'll be decorating my new home and can show bits as I go.

  18. Your roses are beautiful and your blog is delightful!!

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