One gardener's observations, discoveries and random thoughts whilst simultaneously worshipping and dallying in a Cape Cod garden. "A garden," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistable destruction."

Fairer We It Deem


“O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem,

by that sweet ornament which truth doth give!

The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem

For that sweet odour which doth in it live.

The canker-blooms have full as deep a dye

as the perfumed tincture of the roses,

Hang on such thorns, and play as wantonly

When summer’s breath their masked bud discloses;

But, for their virtue is their only show,

They live unwoo’d, and unrespected fade;

Die to themselves.  Sweet roses do not so;

Of their sweet deaths are sweetest odours made:

And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth,

When that shall fade, by verse distils your truth.

Sonnet LIV, William Shakespeare.


Comments on: "Fairer We It Deem" (5)

  1. Oh Greg I can’t resist to comment, what a wonderful post about beauty and truth.

  2. So beautiful!

  3. Immortelle.

  4. I read your blog everyday & I really look forward to it. Your photos are amazing, beautiful, world class.
    Thanks for doing this & giving a tour of your lovley corner of the world.

    Thanks, Stephen. Sorry I don’t post daily lately. Glad you enjoy it, though!! I sure am lucky to live here on the Cape, that’s the truth. : )

  5. Thanks for reminding me that roses and Elizabethan poetry were made for each other!

    I took lots of pictures of wild roses this summer, as the blooms have faded and the hips are forming their wild beauty is in no way eroded.

    As a modern Elizabethan I am always still slightly surprised by our love hybrid-tea roses (many though not all are ugly by comparison), it’s the repeat flowering I guess.

    I think good garden designers pay attention to how flowers die as well as to how they bloom. Now I’m rambling, thanks for a thought provoking post!

    Goo, thank you for sharing your thoughts. This post provoked you in ways I hadn’t quite considered fully myself…but now I am! And yes, the way flowers fade is as important as how they bloom. As the summer wears on, the rugosa flowers come and go…but there are ever more orangey rosehips! : )

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