Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Roses and Refuse
Along the Hudson River Park where I run and ride my bike are blooming right now the most wonderful rugosa roses. It's really a shrub with dark green leaves which explodes with joyous flowers at this time of year. The roses also smell heavenly – fragrant and slightly fruity.
Rugosa roses are native to eastern Asia where they grow on the coast, often on sand dunes. Because the plant is tolerant of seaside salt and wind, it is also known as the beach rose. Tough, low maintenance and salt tolerant, it is often used next to roads which are salted during the winter for ice. Like the West Side Highway.
Mounds of roses have been planted throughout the Hudson River Park – white at the entrance
pink at the water fountain
and along the bike path, with the river beyond
Waves of pink and red at the tennis courts.
I love this flower which is white and pale pink in one bloom.
The best part though is around the big sanitation center.
As you come up on it there are seemingly fields of flowers.
The roses diminish the sanitation truck idling in the background.
The beauty and the fragrance overwhelm.
If you have to have a giant sanitation center, it's nice to have it surrounded by roses, no?