When is a rose not a rose?

Unsurprisingly the letter V runs throughout the film V for Vendetta. In the original graphic novel, the protagonist leaves a rare rose called Violet Carson alongside each of his victims. Using a flower named after such an iconic figure from British popular culture seems to me a flourish typical of the writer Alan Moore.

Violet Carson, the rose is a pink double and hard to come by, so they used the easily available red Grand Prix rose which they renamed for the film as Scarlet Carson.


I never thought this was a particularly demanding project, but the fact that I’ve been unable to post everyday – one of the few planks of the thing – demonstrates that it has been… well, gash.

To begin with I thought about building up a cache of say 60 images before starting, and that is obviously something I should have gone with, instead of embarking on the project with just six pictures in the bag.

I might have got away with such a slim cushion if I hadn’t come up against such a melange of obstacles that include camera problems, inclement weather, family illness, the madness of the Christmas season, demands of work, seasonal depressive ennui, and the fact that there’s less flowery stuff about in the dark months.

So putting all that aside for one moment, I see two choices to give up, or to get back on track (itself a big ask) and raise the thing back on it’s feet, and send it teetering forward.

It has to be the latter doesn’t it?

After all I am enjoying it. Which is a big part of the process.

Hibiscus flower icon thingy from the Wii

My Fruit Bowl

Poppies on a Kenzo advert

Birthday card