Ringling Brothers Grounds

To continue with my Ringling brothers adventure, here are a few pictures from their absolutely gorgeous rose garden – started by Mable Ringling, if I remember correctly – and flourishing in the Florida rain and sunshine.  There was a multitude of roses but I only picked the ones that I felt were photographed best, since they were all fairly equal in terms of beauty.  There was a lavender one whose photo didn’t quite make the cut – that one was my favorite.  I don’t remember the names of any of the roses, unfortunately, but if you can identify them, please leave a note in the comments! IMG_8144

The ones in the shade still had raindrops on them from the thunderstorm that greeted us as we pulled up to the museum.  (May I just say how weird it is to go from Texas, where we don’t see much rain at all, to Florida, where it apparently rains every day?!)

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These roses were so beautifully tinged with pink! One of my travelling companions disdainfully denounced all non-fragrant roses as “barely useful” but I really enjoy their looks more than their smell.

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The yellow and pink go so well together! Although it does make me wonder what sending a bouquet of multi-colored roses would mean in flower talk – you know, the “yellow=friendship, red=passion, white=purity” code.

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The shape of this lovely rose was just fantastic! Look at all the beautiful folds and curves in the petals!

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We interrupt our normal programming to bring you this demonic statue of a dwarf from the dwarf garden.  Most of the other statues were friendly looking but this one must be to ward off evil spirits or something.

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And, last but certainly not least, this gorgeous two-for-one bloom with a two-for-one color.  Exquisite!

There’s certainly more to see at the estate, including an art museum we didn’t have time for, another circus museum (that I will post on soon), a beautiful mansion – architectural photography is not my thing so no post there – and a Starbucks! Definitely worth an afternoon if you find yourself in Sarasota, Florida.

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