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Philosophy - about flowers - must they be perfect ?

This is a discussion on Philosophy - about flowers - must they be perfect ? within the The Outback Terrace Bar forums, part of the Land Plants category; I agree that your roses are absolutely beautiful. I do enjoy the entire process of ...

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    I agree that your roses are absolutely beautiful. I do enjoy the entire process of orchids blooming, from the closed buds changing color, to them opening, and then how the colors bleed like watercolors, making them even more intense just before the blooms fade.

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    I used to be in "the perfect and throw them out when they started to fade" school of thought. Until, that is, I went to art school and a guest lecturer showed us a set of pencil drawings he did of some daffodils he had in a vase. He drew the same flowers every day at the same time for 14 days from tight buds to completely dead and drooped flowers. The drawings were fascinating and quite beautiful. It was reminder to really look at what we are seeing and appreciate all of the pieces, not just the whole since there really isn't any "perfect".

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    I think I am also influenced by some pictures I saw in an art gallery somewhere in Europe - maybe the Neue something or other in Munich - "conventional" jugs of flowers,(oil colour "proper" pictures ) but with fallen blooms and some dead flowers. Wish I could remember the artists name , no it wasn't Dorsetman !

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    I was going to add that this reminds me of when I was at art school and the still life drawings or paintings that I would have to do. It also reminds me of the many paintings of flowers that the masters have produced. I like your wilted roses Geoff they have an unassumning elegance about them and as a focus of a painting I think they would have more to offer the artist than a perfectly formed fresh bunch would or ever could.

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    I have a David Austin rose that looks pretty similar. I love the fragrance of my three different roses and often cut the blooms for people. Last year, we had plenty of rain and it was mostly cooler and they bloomed all summer. Often, when the roses begin to fade, I dry them and keep the petals for a while. Roses are meant to be enjoyed fully. After all the tending they take, anything else is a waste. : )
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    As a Buddhist I was taught from young that when we offer flowers at a shrine or to the Buddha we are supposed to contemplate and reflect upon the beauty/fragrance of the flowers and the transient nature of things and that nothing is permanent; not the beauty or the fragrance of the blooms. Impermanence reminds us that while we are at the peak of our abilities we should help to spread and radiate happiness and loving kindness to all around us and that we should not cling on to beauty and youth but to recognise and accept that disease, sickness, old age and death must inevitably follow.

    The samurai viewed the cherry blossoms as a symbol of the spirit of bushido, a burst of glory and death at the peak of its glory.

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