Standing alone in the herb bed, proud and strong and looking totally out of place as everything else is dying back for winter. Here is 'The Rose' and as l photographed it yesterday it made me think so much of the song of that name sung by Bette Middler a good many years ago. Now for the life of me l can't remember a word of it this morning to drop in a quote here, l appear to be having a complete senior moment (only a moment!) and can't remember it at all. But yesterday l could and got suitably emotional as l looked at this brave little bud determined to get out there and have its day in the sun. No matter that it is out of sinc with everything else and way past its 'sell by date', or that the sun is something of an infrequent visitor just now. It is inspiring in its own right, l give you – The Rose.