Nothing says summer to me like a bouquet of beautiful garden roses. The other morning I decided to wear my perfume Coup de Foudre ('love at first sight'), which is composed with the spectacular Rose de Mai from the south of France. For me, there is no flower quite as captivating as a rose in full bloom. I love roses at every stage; buds, in full bloom and later as their colors fade into soft muted pastels.

Later that day I decided to take a break and went to the beautiful rose garden inGolden Gate Park. The garden isn't hidden, but often overlooked. It is tended by a dedicated group of volunteer gardeners. Throughout the summer and into late Fall you will always find roses blooming. The roses in this garden are quite diverse in type, color and rose variety. The scent can be faint or voluptuous, fruity or spicy. 

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After a visit to the rose garden a perfect compliment is a glass rosé (of course!) across the street at the De Young Museum cafe's sculpture garden. An indulgent, relaxing and fragrant summer afternoon. Perfect.