On Wednesday 12th June 2013 my family and I learned that one of my younger sisters had lost her young daughter, Myla Rose. Various medical complications occurred the same evening to which time stood still for what seemed like forever. My sister Chloe was rushed to intensive care where she made a full recovery over the following days. I was by her side every minute of the way until I knew deep down that she was going to be ‘ok’.
Returning home it was a perfect time for me to clear my head and try to come to terms of what had happened to Myla Rose. What better way than a walk around the garden? The garden which I know like the back of my hand, my garden!
Once I got to my rose boarder it became apparent that ONE of my roses had flowered a magnificent yellow rose. Instinctively I assumed this must be a sign?
The funeral of Myla Rose took place on Thursday 27th June 2013. What a beautiful peaceful send off for a young girl who has gone too soon. 14 close family and friends lay a single pink rose as a symbol of togetherness.
The following day I plucked the energy on my day off to do some pruning, weeding and watering. Drawn to the rose boarder, I had to see how the single rose was getting on and if it had any company. A full boarder of yellow roses, but one. The one that had flowered the day of Mylas passing is now showing blemishes of pink!
What might sound like a naive thing to say as I know there is a scientific reason for everything but today I have found comfort, from a rose.
Please feel free to explain why the rose may have started to turn pink because every year before this hasn’t happened and I haven’t changed anything!
...how terribly sad... you have our sincerest condolences I'm sure everyone will agree with that...
as for the rose turning pink... this is quite common on yellow roses and can be for a variety of reasons, weather conditions being the main one I think... cooler, showery weather can turn yellow roses pink around the edges... soil conditions also can change the shade of roses somewhat... sometimes they are paler in some soils than others, or whether they have been fed adequately or not...
it's quite pretty regardless and obviously a poignant meaning for you....
Chris - you and your family have my sincere condolences - I have lost someone very dear to me only recently and my heart still aches and tears aren't far away - we all find strength and comfort from the things that are important to us - long may you find comfort in your garden.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.