The Lack of Fragrance . Massive changes in Society and Roses . Rose Photography by Laurie Pace


The Lack of Fragrance . Massive changes in Society and Roses . Rose Photography

Come gather ’round people  wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’ or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

 Bob Dylan

So when was the last time you stopped to smell the roses at the grocery store or the florist? It seems that a sustained effort to breed sturdy roses/flowers ends up inadvertently creating flowers without scent.  Do you want your children and grandchildren to not know the smell of roses or lilacs or lilies?  So the international flower power market demands sturdy flowers that stay visually strong. They care less about the loss of scent. With the use of chemicals and refrigeration, it was still not enough to make those flowers look good a week later, so they began to fool with the genetics.

So they are doing it with flowers and animals... will it happen with people?  Not the losing of scent, but the losing of humanity?  Why would you want to buy roses that have no smell?  The smell is the essence of a rose. Yes the color is vibrant and catchy to the eye, but the smell is what brings it home to your senses and your inner soul. As an artist and a photographer, I can paint or shoot roses all day long and they are visually beautiful.  It takes the smell to make them reach that point that your eyes close as you inhale the sweetness of their scent. You can hardly stop and smell the roses anymore. 

I am so blessed. Terry has made sure we have many beautiful rose bushes and we buy them by scent, not by site.  He use to buy roses and violets and bring them home all the time to me...but now he grows them, cuts them fresh and fills my vases throughout the house. 

I face change and accept it and grow with it, but I cannot accept roses without a scent. 

Plant one today and enjoy the blooms all summer long. Somethings should not change.


"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! - Matthew 6:28-30