LA (LA CANADA): THE BEST TIME TO STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
By Nora Zelevansky / June 1st, 2010
I think we can probably all agree that gardens are nice things. That said, I seem to have a particular affinity for strolling through them for hours upon hours, though I have no ability when it comes to keeping them alive. A.K.A. I am a plant serial killer.
Actually, I think my friend Melissa Roth said it best, when she wrote, "Plants think of my house as a kind of hospice." Me too, dude. Me too.
This weekend, Andre and I headed to Angeles National Forest for some hiking, but were thwarted when we realized that the 2 Freeway is closed. For like ever. Luckily, it ended nearby Descanso Gardens, where I have never been and have always wanted to visit. I've strolled Pasadena's Huntington Gardens and love the Japanese gardens, but never this one.
Since I don't seem to murder my leafy green friends with just a glance, I thought it was safe for us to go. The gardens were pretty and really fragrant (especially the purple, violet and white "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" flowers). But I was most blown away by the rose garden, which is in full bloom right now. We were so lucky! I feel like every other time I've visited botanical gardens, the rose garden is just this sad lot of thorny bushes, but not this time; we caught the flowers at just the right point in the season. I thought one called "Peppermint" or something because it's striped red and white smelled the most amazing.
Anyway, I totally recommend going to whatever botanical garden is nearby and checking out the roses. You can pretend it's the 19th century and you're taking a Jane Austen-esque constitutional. Or, like a normal person, you can acknowledge that it's modern day and just go. I'm totally a normal person. No, really. I am, my lord. (Heh.)
Will you accept this rose? That never gets old. For me. That joke never gets old … for me.
xo – N.