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The Rose of Promise Gardens

It’s that time again as we prepare for our Rose & Garden Show 2018.  A few favorites from the past.

In our eyes, nothing is more beautiful than the blooms of roses and peonies…our favorites! So then, a few rose delights for the eyes and thoughts for the heart!

Promise Garden Roses
Promise Garden Roses

A White Rose

THE red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

John Boyle O’Reilly. 1844–1890

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The gardens are almost ready…the first bloom of the peonies. . .

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Painting the Gardens with Awesome Eye Candy

Painting the Garden…It’s All About the Flowers

Flowers and color, where would we be without them in the garden?  We have the lovely greens of grass, trees and leafy plants and the varied blues of the sky as our backdrop so each year for the Promise Gardens Rose & Flower Show, we have every color/hue imaginable on display.  In our container gardening areas and special beds, we mix it up each year with new color combinations and plants to create “awesome eye-candy” for our visitors, friends, family and of course, our photography.  This is a special treat for me as a designer deciding what “new” and “old” creations I can design for a visual and aromatic feast. 

A friend recently shared that their favorite part of visiting Promise Gardens was “just as I enter the gate area, the aroma of roses and flowers entice me in and then my eyes just take it all in and I swear each time I will recreate this myself at home so I can see and smell it all day long.”   Well, that is also one of my favorite things too!

Are you painting your garden?   “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”__Claude Monet

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March Awakens the Promise Gardens

Spring is just around the corner and the rain and spring bulbs popping up in the Promise Gardens are a true indication that spring will soon be here.  Along with those lovelies that we patiently wait for during our cold and snow-filled days of winter, comes the work and preparation to ready the gardens for their best show of the season.  We love spring and summer months and although the Promise Gardens are filled with plants and trees for all seasons, it is our favorite garden time.  Why you ask?  As you can see from this image, the roses, peonies and flowering plants that pop with color and shout out to be loved, shared and photographed!  In this view is a favorite spot for our wedding, engagement, bridal portrait photography.  All of the gardens within the Promise Gardens have special places for every photographic session and opportunity.  Filling the gardens with furniture, props of every type and description make it a lovely and serene place to photograph and enjoy.  We will share features from each of those specials places this year on the blog.  Do you love “secret gardens” “children’s gardens” “romantic spots” “reading nooks” “statuary” “alees” “water features” “floral scents” “chirping birds” “garden tea parties” and paths filled with “lovely surprises”?  If so, come and visit our blog and enjoy the “Promise” of the season with us.

Where has your beloved gone, O most beautiful among women? Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you? My beloved has gone down to his garden to the beds of spices, to graze in the gardens and to gather lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.  Song of Solomon 6:1-3

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Red Roses in Royal Radiance

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JoyPals Design Studio

A red rose and poem for your June 1!  It is a time for roses, weddings, strawberries and all things joyful!  Photographing my Promise Gardens is a delight of sight, color and sound. Magnificent is God’s creation. I have dressed this rose already in glorious array in royal radiance!

ROSES, their sharp spines being gone,
Not royal in their smells alone,
But in their hue;
Maiden pinks, of odour faint,
Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint,
And sweet thyme true…
_William Shakespeare

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Promise Gardens “Roses Galore” Coming Soon

promisegardens-roses“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” Song of Solomon 2:1

The church may be compared to a “rose”, for its beautiful colour and sweet odour, and for its delight in sunny places, where it thrives best, and is most fragrant. This figure is exceeding just; not only the beauty of women is expressed by the colour of the rose, as is common in poems of this kind; to give instances of it would be endless ; some have had the name of Rhoda from hence; see Act_12:13. No rose can be more beautiful in colour, and delightful to the eye, than the church is in the eyes of Christ, as clothed with his righteousness, and adorned with the graces of his Spirit: nor is any rose of a more sweet and fragrant smell than the persons of believers are to God and Christ, being considered in him; and even their graces, when in exercise, yea, their duties and services, when performed in faith; and, as the rose, they grow and thrive under the warming, comforting, and refreshing beams of the sun of righteousness, where they delight to be. The church may also be compared to a “lily of the valleys”, as she is, in the next verse, to one among thorns. This is a very beautiful flower; Pliny says it is next in nobleness to the rose; its whiteness is singularly excellent; no plant more fruitful, and no flower exceeds it in height; in some countries, it rises up three cubits high; has a weak neck or body, insufficient to bear the weight of its head. The church may be compared to a lily, for her beauty and fragrance, as to a rose; and the redness of the rose, and the whiteness of the lily, meeting in her, make her somewhat like her beloved, white and ruddy; like the lily, being arrayed in fine linen, clean and white, the righteousness of the saints; and like it for fruitfulness, as it is in good works, under the influence of divine grace, and grows up on high into her head, Christ Jesus; and though weak in herself, yet strong in him, who supports her, and not she him: and the church may be compared to a “lily of the valleys”; which may not describe any particular lily, and what we now call so; but only expresses the place where it grows, in low places, where plants are in danger of being plucked and trodden upon; though they may have more moisture and verdure than those in higher places; so the church of Christ is sometimes in a low estate, exposed to enemies, and liable to be trampled and trodden under foot by them, and to be carried away with the flood of persecution, were it not guarded by divine power; and, being watered with the dews of grace, it becomes flourishing and fruitful. But the more commonly received opinion is, that these are the words of Christ concerning himself; and which indeed best become him, and are more agreeable to his style and language, Joh_14:6; and suit best with the words in the Son_2:2, as one observes; nor is it unfitly taken by the bridegroom to himself, since it is sometimes given by lovers to men. Christ may be compared to a rose for its colour and smell; to the rose for its red colour: and which may be expressive of the truth of his humanity, and of his bloody sufferings in it; and this, with the whiteness of the lily, finishes the description of him for his beauty, Son_5:10; and for its sweet smell; which denotes the same things for which he is before compared to spikenard, myrrh, and camphire. The rose, as Pliny says, delights not in fat soils and rich clays, but in rubbish, and roses that grow there are of the sweetest smell; and such was the earth about Sharon; and to a rose there Christ is compared, to show the excellency and preferableness of him to all others. The word is only used here and in Isa_35:1. Where it is in many versions rendered a “lily”: it seems to be compounded of two words; one which signifies to “cover” and hide, and another which signifies a “shadow”; and so may be rendered, “the covering shadow”: but for what reason a rose should be so called is not easy to say; unless it can be thought to have the figure of an umbrella; or that the rose tree in those parts was so large, as to be remarkable for its shadow; like that Montfaucon saw, in a garden at Ravenna, under the shadow of the branches of which more than forty men could stand: Christ is sometimes compared to trees for their shadow, which is pleasant and reviving, as in Son_2:3. Some render it, “the flower of the field”; which may be expressive of the meanness of Christ in the eyes of men; of his not being of human production; of his being accessible; and of his being liable to be trampled upon, as he has been. And as he is compared to a rose, so to a “lily”, for its colour, height, and fruitfulness; expressive of his purity in himself, of his superiority to angels and men, and of his being filled with the fruits and blessings of grace; and to a lily of the valleys, denoting his wonderful condescension in his low estate of humiliation, and his delight in dwelling with the humble and lowly: some render the words, “I am the rose of Sharon, with the lily of the valleys”; by the former epithet meaning himself; and by the latter his church, his companion, in strict union and communion with him; of whom the following words are spoken. __John Gill

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Promise Gardens Video Tour

Our Promise Gardens Tour for 2008 shot on location at Promise Gardens. This is 5th year of the gardens and the blooms are breathtaking. A wonderful place for weddings and an “Eden” escape to enjoy in the beauty of God’s creation.