It is one thing to have to stand the comments from my fishing buddies about all my "Girlie" pink fragrant roses growing abundantly in my garden. My neighbour, who is a blacksmith says he holds his breath walking by my garden in the summer months, because the fragrance of all the roses in my garden is so overwhelming. It´s like there is something 'suspicious' about men who have gardens with that many roses. Teenagers would probably exclaim -that is sooo Gay! To them everything that is out of the ordinary seems to be sooo gay!. I find that rather offensive on behalf of male gardeners, whether they are gay or not.
But imagine the comments a man gets if he also try to learn how to arrange flowers from his garden? I have never had the courage to take lessons in flower arrangements. I am 100% sure I would be the only man attending. So far I have read a few books about flower arranging. I grow flowers better than I arrange them as cut flowers. My supply of vases have grown over the years - it seems like I always have too few vases in summertime. I take lots of roses into the house, so I can enjoy the fragrance and beauty! I don´t think I have much talent for arranging flowers. I can make huge bouquets of roses, but they are not exactly posies.
I wish I had the innocence of a boy again. I picked lots of flowers on the meadow for my mom and the girls I liked. They were almost dead, when I handed them over to them, but the flowers were always much appreciated. Amazing how such a bunch of wild flowers look so beautiful and do not need much arranging. But boys stop picking flowers. I still want to take lessons in flower arranging - whether the majority of people seems to say "That is sooo gay". Time to get over myself and grow up! Next time I post I will tell about the rose used in the bouquet in the picture. At least I know something about roses!