A Rose by another Colour


What’s this?   Some roses

Clustered; and smelling lovely,

White, yes….and purple!


It is still so early in the new year, and already there are weddings and receptions happening!  The first one for my co-workers and I occurred this past Saturday.  It was a fun and memorable event.  On the smaller size in terms of guests…..with a first-time hot chocolate display table (in addition to our usual coffee/tea/water displays), as well as a live band providing both ambient background music during the meal service and later on the livelier dancing music.  Most of the time DJs are hired to provide the wedding and dance music, so this was a pleasant change.

When all the guests had left, a few things were left behind….intentionally, as only so much could be taken away again…..and in this case there were a few vases filled with beautiful arrangements of greenery and roses of only two colours – white……and surprise, surprise…..purple!   That’s the first time I’ve seen purple roses.  And so, I couldn’t resist taking a whiff, as sometimes pretty-coloured roses don’t always come with a scent.  But these purple – and white – ones definitely delivered a delightful rosey smell.






Unclaimed beauty



Wedding Centrepiece;

Clusters of hydrangea blooms,

Sweet-smelling roses.



At last week’s catering, there were some unclaimed floral centrepieces.  Some of the guests remembered to take theirs, and some were left behind.

They looked beautiful in square glass vases at the centre of each dining table.

I was offered an unclaimed bouquet to take home as a present…..but without the glass vase. The vases belong to the restaurant.  I found a new, clear plastic bag that was big enough to hold a bouquet gently in its folds without squeezing a petal.

When I arrived back home, I pulled out the bouquet from the plastic bag and found a suitable glass vase for it.  Filled almost to the top with fresh water, I placed the bouquet in the formation it seemed to want to stay.  Monochromatic beauty.  White hydrangeas with five good-sized, cream-coloured, gently sweet-scented roses tucked in as well.

Inhaled deeply and slowly.  Ahhhh…….the whisper of a joyful wedding wish.