Henri Lédéchaux bred the French hybrid rose Madame Ferdinand Janin in 1875. It was imported into the United States in 1886, where it was renamed American Beauty.
This rose bush grows in a planter bed out front of my apartment building, and it somehow manages to stay alive nearly all year long. This photo was taken in early December of 2017, and I can’t believe I got such a great shot of these tiny Pink Blossoms, and one still-tight bud, covered in a light snowfall. The roses are actually taking a break right now as there’s at least two feet of accumulated snow in the bed, but this photo is a reminder that they’ll be back in the spring.
I recently enjoyed my first official cocktail-in-a-bar of the Covid summer and, fittingly, it was a Pink Drink! Pictured above is an enticing, frosty glass of Frosé (frozen rosé wine), which I procured at Versa; a cool ‘rooftop’ restaurant located on the fifth floor of the Renaissance hotel in midtown. While Versa is not literally on the hotel’s roof, which is maybe 20 stories higher up, its spacious patio emulates a rooftop experience, while also allowing for pandemic-compliant social distancing and other important safety guidelines. While enjoying the restaurant’s chill vibe, I happily discovered that if Frosé melts before you can suck it all down, it simply turns into chilled rose wine, as there is no diluting from added ice! Win win!
Grown Up Flowers is the name of a fun Public Art installation that you can see at several locations along Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Ave) in Midtown Manhattan. This Pink Flower, which is called Rose, lays prone in front of 1221 Sixth Avenue, and just a bit further on you can see her Orange friend, peeking out just a bit in the background.
I found these guys by accident when I was heading to the train after checking out the Anselm Kiefer sculpture in Rockefeller Center, so it was a nice surprise!
A Sign in front of Rose provides a bit more back ground on the Grown Up Flowers Project. It Says:
Before it was Manhattan, the island was covered with wild and beautiful flowers. They’re still found in front of buildings, but they’ve never been able to complete with the scale of their surroundings, until now. Grown Up Flowers is a multi-site installation by Playlab, Inc. that imagines flowers inflated to many times their normal size, giving viewers a new perspective on these iconic and playful representations of beauty. Wander along Sixth Avenue to see these colorful flowers sitting, lounging, floating, standing tall, or even bending down to greet you.
Here is a map to all of their locations:
The flowers are secured in place with cables and lit from the inside for nighttime viewing. Find out more about Grown Up Flowers at This Link.