Pink Roses Counter Winter

Photo: Maria von Brincken copyright 2013

So much depends on the crystal vase filled with pink roses on the black counter mid winter. That’s my paraphase of William Carlos Williams poem about white chickens.  I’m constantly amazed to discover what an inexpensive grocery store flower bunch does to counter the frozen winter landscape. It brightens the scene and adds a splash of color and life.

Shortly after I took this photo I was listening to Writers Almanac and heard this poem. Perfect for my experience with the roses. Enjoy.


by Linda Pastan

The deep strangeness
of flowers in winter—

the orange of clivia,
or this creamy white rose

in its stoneware
vase, while outside

another white
like petals drifting down.

Is it real?
a visitor asks,

meaning the odd magenta
orchid on our sill

as makeup on a child.

It’s freezing all around us—
salt cold on the lips,

the flinty blacks and grays
of January in any northern city,

and flowers

in the supermarket
by cans of juice,

filling the heated stalls
near the river—

secular lilies engorged
with scent,

notched tulips, crimson
and pink, ablaze

in the icy
corridors of winter.

“Flowers” by Linda Pastan, from Traveling Light. © Norton, 2010. Reprinted with permission.


About the author:

Maria creates beautiful designs that transform your home landscape and adds to your life. You will enjoy it every day all the while the improvements increases the value of your home. Maria von Brincken APLD, an award winning and certified designer, offers complete landscape services: master plans, distinctive and original garden designs, consultation and construction. She creates beautiful spaces that include hard surface landscaping solutions such as walkways, driveways, walls, and color waves of great planting combinations, lighting, and more. Please call or email for an appointment to start the design process.  978 443 4540 or

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