May & the Wild Roses

As I've mentioned before, some of my favorite types of flowers are the uncultivated kind...  wild flowers & "weeds."  May is one of the best times of the year at our house because the wild roses that litter our yard & climb up the surrounding trees have gone crazy!!!  Below is a picture of a huge patch of roses behind our property that goes 20+ feet high.  (Sorry, bad pic but they're the little white things all over the green  ;)


The wild roses smell so perfect:  sweet & the teensiest bit tangy...  I seriously can't get enough. 


I love having this untamed beauty that I don't have to take care of.  My only job is cutting the roses to bring inside with my little helper... 



He loves the smell too...


I love the simple relaxed feeling they bring to our table...


And, although I know we all have different beliefs & different religions, I thought anyone could appreciate the beauty of the wild roses next to the antique Madonna on our mantle.  I found her at an antiques shop in Leesburg, Virginia.  For Catholics, May is "Mary's Month" and many of the Churches have "May Crowning" Ceremonies.  It was one of my favorite times in gradeschool because the 8th grade girls would all get to wear pretty dresses and one of them would put a crown of roses on a Mary statue in our Church.  (Sadly, when I finally got to 8th grade after 8 years of waiting, we didn't get to do it... they switched it to 2nd graders- go figure! :)  But now my family has its own Madonna, and Christian & I had so much fun carrying out the tradition yesterday morning:


...I've been moving the kitchen table roses from room to room with me because they smell so good.  I need to get back out there & cut more!

Hope everyone's having an awesome week & enjoying spring!!!  Any special Springtime traditions in your family?
xoxo,
lauren

37 comments:

Hamptontoes said...

What a great post. I love, love, love bringing the outside inside. I do it all spring and summer...it makes me smile daily. You are right, the beauties that show up on natures watch are some of the best.

vignette design said...

I too have been cutting the roses and bringing them inside. Vases everywhere! Your wild rose bouquet is just lovely in it's simplicity. The pic with Christian holding them is priceless. I love the madonna too and your antique one next to the roses is seriously framable. Great post. Happy Spring! -Delores
PS: Stop in and see my ice bucket of roses if you can....

lizziefitz said...

Oh yes , you brought back very fond memories of my childhood. Catholic school from -12.

The Girl and the Cupcake said...

What a gorgeously simple table arrangement.

Red Door Home said...

Fresh flowers add such life to any room. Your wild roses are just beautiful.

Living It At Home said...

When we lived in Piedmont, CA there were always roses just going crazy in the neighborhoods. Sometimes when you would be just walking down the sidewalk you would get a wiff of an amazing scent. It could be roses or lilac or even wisteria. It was heavenly and I miss it soooo much! I had a poster stamp of a back yard and had climbing roses and many other scented flowers. Ahhh!
Anyway, I am going to plant my iron stone planters this week with maybe some lavender. I just love that way that looks!

Happy Spring and hope you are well~
jamilyn

My Yellow House said...

The untamed ones are always the prettiest - the more natural and wild the better! They look lovely in your home.
btw, I love the wallpaper in your kitchen nook - you have such a beautiful style and the flowers make it so much more...
Have a lovely day!
Sarah

JNoPie said...

Love your Madonna tradition, great idea! I need to start one in my family! And I know how you feel about the May Crowning!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Sweet tradition! Lovely roses...Adorable helper boy...But I wanna know about the sunburst mirror...I have been looking for that exact one! Really.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

There is simply nothing like fresh flowers in the house to make it feel special! Enjoy, Janell

Jules said...

I LOVE the Madonna tradition! I will have to do something similar. My son (who goes to the same Catholic elementary school I went to as a child) is bringing flowers to school for the month of May for their classroom Mary alter. They had their Mary crowning on Monday. So sweet!

nannykim said...

Those are breath-takingly beautiful! They are gorgeous in that vase. Nice tradition too!

Kathysue said...

Lauren, Love the wild roses or the old roses. They still have the wonderful fragrance that the newer hybrids have lost. I am with you I like the flow of how they go into a vase. So pretty!! I wonder how long ago and who originally planted them.Enjoy them they are lovely. I finished my porch and posted it today, If you have time come by and take a peek, Kathysue

Averill said...

Those wild roses are absolutely beautiful and I love the way you've arranged them, Lauren. No particular spring traditions in my family, though we try and enjoy the gorgeous TX weather as much as possible before summer arrives and it's far too hot to go outside!

Leah Moss said...

your roses are perfect!

We have an untamed wild rose bush next to our white picket fence and it is perfection! My neighbor has advised me to "take care of it" but I love its wildness too. Ours has deep fuchsia blooms that are just starting to unfold.

Also, I love your Madonna--she's perfect! I got to be the may queen in 8th grade :) and want to start the crowning tradition with my family too.

kayce hughes said...

Beautiful photos!

LiveLikeYou said...

There's nothing like nature's own...the bouquet looks amazing...and you take BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!

Studio said...

I can almost smell the roses!

Dianne said...

This brought back memories. i always felt so special in grade school because Mary's crown was made from roses out of my mother's garden.

Sarah's Fab Day said...

My kindergartner had his first May Crowing at school last Friday and it was so sweet to see all of the kids with flowers and the girls with flower crowns on their heads. I love how you have your Blessed Mother out with the roses, I may just have to copy that for the month of May. So pretty!

Jeni @ peppertowne.com said...

So pretty! The wall of roses is breathtaking...i'd love to take a deep breath of that delicious fragrant air.

Velvet and Linen said...

Your wild roses are beautiful. I have some gorgeous roses on my desk, but I carry them upstairs at the end of the day. It's good to know that I'm not the only one who carries roses around the house!

xo
Brooke

Privet and Holly said...

My children's school has "May Crowning" as well and not only does the statue of Mary in the entrance get a wreath of flowers on her head, the lower school children bring flowers from their yards and the teachers make a bouquet representing each class, which goes into a glass vase....which surround Mary on the floor. It's really quite quite lovely! I also LOVE the wild roses, not only for their looks but also their disposition--no TLC required : ) xx P&H

halie said...

So jealous of your bountiful wildflowers! Thanks for the pictures and love the vase you are displaying them in!

40daysof said...

Love the roses and what a beautiful Madonna. I have a larger one in my garden, next to my roses. :)

Sarah Jane said...

What a lovely tradition! the roses are beautiful too. When I graduated from high school (many years ago) I asked my mother for a white rose bush, planted below my bedroom winter, that way when i came home in the summer, I could adore them;)

Kerri said...

Oh, if only I had wild roses growing in my back paddock. And I carry my flowers from room to room too, so you're not alone there. Why miss out on all that loveliness by leaving them in the one spot? K xx

katiedid said...

Beautiful photo!!!!

The SilverLyne said...

Being a Catholic myself, I can really relate to May and the crowning of Mary. Thanks for the post! Very beautiful statue.

Hartwood Roses said...

Your wild roses are a beautiful backdrop. Keep an eye on them for contorted, red new growth. If it happens, it may be Rose Rosette Disease ... a fatal virus-like disease that is spreading rapidly through the wild rose population in our area (I'm south of you in Fredericksburg). I do rose talks all the time, and this is always the part of the talk that I dread. Roses are my love and my livelihood, and this disease makes me really sad.

That said, I don't think there's anything quite like a big snoot-full of rose fragrance. The ones here in my garden are blooming like crazy right now.
Connie

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Beautiful, beautiful! There is nothing like the glow of white roses against the green. Your little boy looks so sweet holding them. I, also had the 1-12 Catholic school days and beautiful May crownings. We would process holding huge white Chrysanthemums in our white gloved hands!
~Nancy

red ticking said...

absolutely stunning... and i have a very similar statue of mary in my home... very old... like yours!

have a great weekend xx pam

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lemondropdreams said...

My kids school just had their May crowning, a 2nd grader & 8th grader do it. I lugged our Mary out to our backyard a couple weeks ago so she'd be ready for her month of honor. I've always wanted to do our own May crowning with my kids making her some sort of flower wreath. One of these days...

nkp said...

So beautiful. Your photography is making me envious, Lauren. That last vignette is gorgeous.

Jennifer said...

been meaning to say how much I LOVE that image of your roses with Mary! so, so pretty.

Dreamy Whites said...

Hi Lauren,
THese pictures are beautiful.
I have roses similar except they are light pink.
Your son is sooo cute.
I especially love the last photo.
Take Care
Maria