The hype around Valentine's Day has been quite pronounced this year in Melbourne and there were people carrying around bunches of flowers or single roses all day. This particular observance was rather rare and understated in Australia say, 20-25 years ago, but it has been escalated to a major marketing and retailing opportunity.
My tribute is a rose growing in our garden and blooming this time of the year. It is the Rosa 'Wekplapep', which is the first striped rose to win AARS honours. No two flowers are alike, but all share the same distinctive deep red/burgundy on white to cream features that make this rose so unique. Spicy fragrance and dark glossy foliage just enhance the overall look of this striking rose.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.