A Rose By Any Other Name…

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” ~ William Shakespeare

Fun is one of the most mysterious words in the English language. Catch it, contain it, bottle it and sell it if you can. Define it if you dare. Each person has a different idea of fun. Fun comes when you least expect it so be on the look out or you may miss it. Seldom have I found ‘fun’ when it was planned and most expected, and often I’ve found it when it was least expected.

The Desert Shall Bloom Like the Rose" Entryway to the Walk of Roses | Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners
Number Of Seven | Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners

Such is the case when I discovered that a hibiscus is known by the name ‘rose mallow’. I planted this gentle tropical giant at the entry of the Rose Walk Way in the Rock Rose Garden. The shear audacity of a giant tropical ‘Rose Mallow’ planted in the middle of a country setting across from corn fields was fun and it tickles me pink. This is the essence of a juxtaposition.

Summerific® 'Perfect Storm' - Rose Mallow - Hibiscus hybrid - perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance
Summerific® ‘Perfect Storm’ – Rose Mallow – Hibiscus hybrid – perennial by Proven Winners With Lion Garden Statues Smelling The Fragrance

The Hibiscus ‘Rose Mallow’

Native to China, the hibiscus is confused often times with many plants; from the ‘Rose of Sharon’ to Hollyhocks it has been cultivated in the United States and Japan for thousands of years.

Summerific® 'Cranberry Crush' Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid
Summerific® ‘Cranberry Crush’ Rose Mallow Hibiscus hybrid

It’s the genus of over 200 plants! It comes in large rose, yellow, purple, pink and white flowers. Most varieties have large flowers from 6-12 inches blooming in late summer.

‘Rose of Sharon’ | ‘And The Desert Shall Bloom Like A Rose’~ Isaiah 35:1

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

 The phrase ‘Rose of Sharon’ that folks confuse the hibiscus rose mallow with appears in English in 1611 as “the flower of the field” in the King James Bible. The speaker (beloved) says, in the song of Solomon 2:1 “I am the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley”. The previous translations had referred to it simply as ‘Flower of the Field”.

'Rose of Sharon' | The Flower of The Field | "The desert shall bloom like the rose" Isaiah 35:1
‘Rose of Sharon’ | The Flower of The Field | “The desert shall bloom like the rose” Isaiah 35:1

Bible scholars think it’s a catch phrase that could be a mistranslation referring to:

  • Crocus A kind of crocus growing as a lily on the coastal plain of Sharon
  • Tulip – Bright red tulip prolific on the Hills of Sharon
  • Madonna Lily, commonly know as the ‘Lily of the Valley’ mentioned in Song of Solomon 2:1
  • Narcissus, Rose

    'Uncle Joe' in the Rock Rose Garden | "Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus "
    ‘Uncle Joe’ in the Rock Rose Garden | “Summerific® Perfect Storm Rose Mallow hybrid Hibiscus “

Only one of the species is a member of Rosaceae, (the rose family). ‘Rose of Sharon’ lack of precise meaning therefore is used often in song and verse. Though the identity of the flower still remains unclear its that very lack of precision that makes it a useful catch phrase. The species it refers to in modern usage is a member of Rosaceae. And the Hebrew word translation reads “And the desert shall bloom like a rose.” RoseofSharon1

Most interesting is a translation committee from ‘Song of Solomon’ 2:1 thinks “Rose of Sharon” is a mistranslation of Hebrew word for crocus. And etymologists’ tentatively have linked the word for beṣel, meaning bulb and understood as meaning either pungent or splendid.

National Flower of S. Korea ‘The Rose of Sharon’ Mugungwa

‘Rose of Sharon’ is the National Flower of S. Korea. Its pronounced (moogooonwa).  It was first used by the actual term mugunghwa and was first employed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392).

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” ~Isaiah 35:1 KJV

For more information about roses visit The American Rose Society Web site.

'Litchfield Angel' Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses
‘Litchfield Angel’ Bathed in Sun Light by David Austin Roses

“Rainbow Warrior” P. Allen Smith’s Rose Garden

Star Roses and Plants Knock-Out® Roses in Bloom

“To be a Rainbow Warrior is to be a magician who works with the energies of the Earth and the Light of the Great Spirit. Using the power they have gained to transform themselves and the earth”   ~ Richard Dannelley

Star Roses and Plants Knock-Out® Roses in Bloom
Star Roses and Plants Knock-Out® Roses in Bloom

“Rainbow Warrior” P. Allen Smith has transformed a gentle sloping natural circular valley, along the Arkansas River into a rose garden that rivals Versailles, the Tuileries Garden in Paris, and Mottisfont Rose Gardens, in the UK.

Rose Garden of Dreams | Power Spot | Vortex | Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith's
Be Drawn Into The Rose Garden of Dreams | Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith’s

Have you experienced the beauty and the power of Sedona, Arizona where Page Bryant gave the term “vortex” to the area while he was investigating the red rocks and the mysterious beautiful land that has been sacred to Native Americans for thousands of years? Simply stated vortex means: “A place or situation that draws into its center all that surrounds it.” A vortex is a site where the energy of an area is concentrated and intense.

Rose Garden of Dreams | Power Spot | Vortex | Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith's
Rose Garden of Dreams | Power Spot | Vortex | Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith’s

Walking down the path to P. Allen Smith’s rose garden I began to feel a gentle sense of an energy drawing me toward the garden and into its peaceful setting. There was a powerful sense of a higher presence everywhere in the garden. Could it be this sense of highly concentrated energies conducive to prayer, meditation and healing that draws people as far away as Dubai for weddings?

The Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith's
The Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith’s

While at the beautiful Capital Hotel Bar & Grill in Little Rock, AR the evening that all of the Garden Writers invited by Allen to his Garden 2 Blog 2014 event met for our book exchange that several of us met a couple that overheard that we were guests of P. Allen Smith. They excitedly shared with us that they had traveled all the way from Dubai and were staying in the hotel for their wedding to be held in the Rose Garden at P. Allen Smith’s the Saturday after we were to be leaving. People come from all over the world to be married in P. Allen Smith’s Rose Garden. The garden is filled with continuous blooming Star Roses and Plants minimal Care Knock-Out® Roses, Drift Roses some OGR’s by David Austin Roses and is a sustainable no spray garden with additional OGR’s.

It’s located down a winding path, past a pond some distance from the farm house,  it is a bowl shaped garden that embraces you in roses and fills you with a sense of indescribable peace, tranquility and beauty.

Sunny Knock-Out®
Sunny Knock-Out® by Star Roses and Plants very hardy and everywhere doing well at P.Allen Smiths’

Simply stated, walking down the path to Allen’s rose garden I began to feel it drawing me in immediately. The garden seemed to generate its own energy, a vortex if you will, the subtle power of an energy force drawing me into the garden. Before I went to Sedona, Arizona I had never heard of a vortex. Surely Allen must have felt the same way when he saw this natural bowl carved out on the side of the beautiful Arkansas River, a perfect place for his rose garden. The garden surrounds and envelops you in beauty and as you leave you can feel the gentle pull of gravity calling you back as if you never want to leave this place. The rose garden at P. Allen Smith’s is a treasure and if your travels can take you to Little Rock you should go.

 

P. Allen Smith is Wonderful with Kids
P. Allen Smith Teaching Kids to Do as We Say in Gardening

Here’s the List of Garden Writers That Attended P. Allen Smith’s Garden2Blog 2014 Conference. Be sure and watch our “Happy Happy Happy” dance video to the right on this hone page if you want to get “Happy” and vote for your favorite writer below!

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