Lyda Rose, oh won't you be mine? by Celeste Mookherjee

Lyda Rose, oh won't you be mine? by 

This old-fashioned cluster of roses caught the attention of my nose even before I saw the flowers! I had been exploring the rose garden that’s part of the grounds of the 1865 Queen Anne Cottage (built by the owner of Santa Anita Racetrack) at the Los Angeles County Arboretum when the sweet scent beckoned. This is actually a relatively modern rose, bred by Kleine Lettunich of San Diego, California, from “Frances E. Lester” and named both for her daughter and the song from The Music Man (which is spelled “Lida Rose”). Isn’t it charming? (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/7.1, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, open shade/afternoon sun)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (July 2012)

Top 10 in “Roses in Full Bloom” challenge in Artistic Flowers group (October 2013)

Winner of “Wild, Antique and Old Fashioned Roses” challenge in Roses Grow on You group (August 2012)

Featured in STOP and Smell the Roses (7 November 2013)

Featured in Roses Grow on You (13 August 2012)

Featured in All About Flowers (26 July 2012)

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  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful image Celeste!

  • Thank you for the lovely comment and fave, Elizabeth!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture and cluster. Love the middles of these roses.

  • Thank you, Joy! The middles betray the heritage roots of these roses, and I also find them quite lovely.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful and charming, Celeste. The brownish background looks very well with the tinged-pink roses. What a lot of information you give! I feel a (little) bit guilty that I don’t do similarly.

  • Bette, thank you very much for the great comment! I don’t always give this much information, but this rose had an interesting story behind it.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature in all about flowers. hugs Hilaryxxx

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnetteHoll
    AnnetteHollover 2 years ago

    simply stunning !

  • Thanks for the great comment and fave, Annette!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Poverty
    Povertyover 2 years ago

    I’m so pleased that your attention did fall on these beautiful flowers as the resulting image that you have now shown us is really wonderful. I love it. Tony.

  • Thank you, Tony! I notice that one of your photos is featured in the same group with this one at All About Flowers – congrats!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • puffin
    puffinover 2 years ago

    beautiful !!!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • OpalFire
    OpalFireover 2 years ago

    I do love a scented rose. Lovely delicate petals and a gorgeous pink. Nicely captured. :o)

  • Thanks very much, Maggie! You would like this rose because the scent is full and sweet.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    …such delicate petals balanced with that sharp center..and gorgeous color, Celeste!

  • Thank you very much, Katherine! I really like roses in the old-fashioned style.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    The simple beauties of life…..Well captured Celeste…..

  • Thanks, Thomas! The simplicity of the old-fashioned roses really appeals to me.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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