Thoughtful Thursday: Wanderings through a rose garden

There is nothing better than wandering through a rose garden on a summers day. On Sunday that is just what I did and was rewarded by such beautiful, not just for the eyes but also the nose with all the perfume in the air.  Gardens are such peaceful places and this one is in particular, I love the large space with the many "rooms" and the fact that it is surrounded by walls. A little like the secret garden. 

“If you look the right way, 
you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

This garden is called the "Senate Rose Garden" as it is part of Australia's first Parliament House (the white building below). This particular Parliament House has long since been replaced by a much grander building further up the hill - this one is now used as a museum. 

I like the idea that whilst government and politics is ugly business, the building is framed by these beautiful places of refuge.  They were designed for politicians to sit and contempt. I wonder if they stopped to smell the roses?

Jane Austen was a great fan of gardening and in all her books she has her characters taking a "turn" in the garden.  I can just imagine taking a turn in this garden in my elegant frock  or sitting quietly reading a letter from my admirer one of the many benches scattered about.  Or perhaps reading a book on a summers afternoon. 

And these pretty flowers (below) are from my garden - Amaryllis. When I was at school, my school "House" was Amaryllis so I have always had a soft spot for them. However, it wasn't until I was an adult did I discover that these flowers are commonly called "Naked Ladies". Glad I didn't know this when I was at school!!!



  1. Hard to believe somewhere such beautiful flowers are blooming! We have around 12 inches of show, and more is falling! Your part of the world is lovely today!

    1. I am glad to share these flowers with you whilst you are surrounded by all that snow. Keep warm :))

  2. So beautiful, Jo! :) I love flowers - especially roses and daisies. I love the fact that God created such delicate beauty for us to enjoy.

    1. God's beauty is just amazing, the detail, the colour, the scent - none random or by created "accident". You would certainly love this garden!!


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