This morning brought alarming news of a disrupted terror plot against flights from the U.K. to the U.S. and the first application of the highest threat level. It's limited to air travel and only certain flights at that; other public transportation is operating as per usual. (???) I don't mean to minimize the gravity of the situation, but... I thought that condition red pretty much meant shutting down public transportation. Apparently not. More clarity would be helpful.
Seeing red affects my gauge, so I've set the Rose of England aside for the moment. Here she is at round 40, looking more like a sand dollar than a heraldic rose.
I expect by next week that minor indignity will be overcome and her Bramble Stitch petals will be recognizable as such.
Meanwhile, for a flower of a very different color, check out Baby Cam at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Baby is their Amorphophallus titanum or titan arum (also known as corpse flower), which is due to bloom any day now.