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Painting the roses red

One of our rose bushes is going to seed (or something equally awful). In the past, it produced velvety, dark-red, ultra-fragrant blossoms, and we’ve gotten five or six of those this year, but the vast majority these days are freakishly fuchsia.

Oddly enough, they have their own soundtrack, namely Painting the Roses Red from the old Disney version of Alice in Wonderland. It plays in my head whenever I look at that bush.

I never actually read Lewis Carroll’s work, although we have a gorgeous illustrated copy of Through the Looking Glass around here somewhere. I blame that Jabberwocky poem – am I the only person in the world who wasn’t charmed by it?

And I’ve seen a couple of other movie versions of the story – animated or otherwise – but they didn’t really do it for me.

Anyway, according to Disney, the Red Queen liked red roses, but the guards planted white ones by accident, so they have to paint them red.

Makes sense to me! Plus, I really want to read The Hunger Games next, so Alice may have to wait.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Kate

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