A single rose can be my garden...
a single friend, my world.
..... Leo Buscaglia
Lavender roses carry the message of enchantment and love at first sight.
But he that dares not grasp the thorn
should never crave the rose.
- Anne Bronte
Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone
and more fragile than a rose.
- Turkish proverb
A thorn defends the rose,
harming only those who would steal the blossom.
- Chinese proverb
But friendship is the breathing rose,
with sweets in every fold.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns;
the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.
- Kahlil Gibran
Photographs taken at Floria 2011.