red rose after rain
furled inner petals
The rose bush outside our door keeps on blooming no matter what the weather, hot or cold, rain or drought, sun or clouds, wind or calm. It takes a long time for the blossom to fully open, exposing its sticky stigma on the chance that some wandering pollinator will be attracted to its fragrance. Even after frosty nights, which have killed most insects and sent the honey bees into their hives, the flower keeps unfolding, the thicker outer petals protecting the delicately-furled inner petals, still determined to accomplish its mission.