#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A Rose Garden, Finding Some Pithinicity

Today I’m joining Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton, so that I can share with you photos of the following doors plus a little more.

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A few weeks ago Zen-Den and I had the chance to stop by the Columbus Ohio Park of Roses again. [Click HERE for post about previous visit and information about this park.]

Entrance sign.

It was a beautiful summer day but the garden was not at its rosy best like the last time we were there.  I snapped a few pics anyhow, ostensibly to be part of this project.

A pink rose not in its prime.

While the doors we saw were more utilitarian than awe-inspiring, the carved stones in the walking path that connect the Shelter House [event venue] to the park itself were eclectic.

Gazebo in center of park.

I hadn’t noticed the messages on the stones during our previous visit.  So below, for the heck of it, are two photos of the doors we saw and the pithinicity on which we walked.

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DOORS on side of Shelter House looking into the park.

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“HAD I ALL LANGUAGE AT COMMAND AND SPOKE THE [1 of 4]

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TONGUE OF EVERY LAND, I COULD NOT FIND THREE WORDS [2 of 4]

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MORE SWEET OR FORM A SENTENCE MORE COMPLETE: THAN [3 of 4]

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THESE THREE WORDS I LOVE YOU.” ~ YOUR FAMILY [4 of 4]

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DOOR on side of Shelter House leading into Bridal Room. [Doesn’t this door look ominous to you? It does to me.]

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Ally Bean

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72 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A Rose Garden, Finding Some Pithinicity”

    1. I agree, Z-D. I’m glad we went and walked around even though it was hotter than Hades and the roses weren’t all that. Just nice to be outside in sunshine.

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  1. We have a gorgeous rose garden locally. Some disease came through and they had to remove 700 rose bushes. They replanted 500 more resistant ones but it will take a year or two to get back to the beautiful lush look. It is also the site of many weddings but this year the photos won’t be quite as colorful!

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    1. Kate, that’s sad to read about all those roses gone. I’m glad they’ve been replanted but still… I imagine that there are many unhappy brides who had hoped for glorious photos among the roses.

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      1. We drove by it over the weekend and it just not the same. Not this year anyway. They had a lot of arches with climbing roses. Nothing was climbing anywhere. Those take a while.

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        1. Yes, everything about gardening takes a while. Which makes it fun or frustrating depending on your pov. I hope whatever disease ruined the original rose bushes doesn’t come back. That’d be too tragic for words.

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  2. It still looks like a pretty park. I love the gazebo and the carved stones. An artist needs to swoop in and paint something colorful and inviting on the door. Just to be out in nature is so relaxing. Glad you enjoyed the walk and finding some “pithinicity.”

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    1. Beth, I agree that an artist could do wonders with that Bridal Door. It’d be fun to see as you walked by it, instead of that Band-Aid color door they have there now. And yes, being outside was relaxing, heat be damned.

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  3. The park looks lovely, and that quote in the stones is wonderful! The pink rose though not in its prime looks pretty to me.

    That door on the other hand…pretty blah. I hope the room where the bride finishes her dressing and gathering her final thoughts before her wedding is much, much nicer.

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    1. Deborah, good point. I wasn’t able to see the actual room behind that door. It could be lovely, but the Bridal Door itself needs some help. I don’t get why it isn’t nicer. The whole park is a treasure, well-maintained except for that door.

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  4. Delights words worthy to be written in stone.
    I love there fragrance of rose – but summer heat – wilts all and everything..
    Impressed you got up and out. (We’re experiencing mild weather for 2 days and we’ve almost forgotten what to do with it – Molly ran so hard she’s stiff today. – guess some merchants decided to hitch onto the “fall” weather with big pumpkins and scarecrow displays…even more startling was the Christmas aisles already stocked next to the autumn hay and leaves. Noooo!)

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    1. philmouse, it was hot and humid outside, but we walked slowly and enjoyed the sunshine– until we didn’t. The poor roses were worse for the wear however. Fall and Christmas merchandise for sale already? I might say ok to the fall stuff… but Christmas in the aisles, even if today is Christmas in July, seems wrong to me.

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    1. Betsy, the Bridal Room door stopped me in my tracks. Here we were at this delightful venue beside a stunning garden & this was the door for the bride? And what makes it even goofier is that this park is a couple of miles north of OSU wherein thousands of kids are studying to be artists. Just go grab one of them and let that kid make the door pretty.

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    1. Yes, marian, I say pithinicity. I created the word and use it to describe that gray area between actual quotes [attributable to a person/literature] and slang phrases [currently popular]. Think the odd sayings you see on t-shirts or bumperstickers– or in this case on stepping stones.

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    1. Janet, the gazebo is all metal and it is wonderful but on the day we visited the temp was so high that there was no way I was climbing up to the second level. The thing was way too hot to touch.

      I like your idea for how to hide the pipe. Honestly, you’d think that a place as nice as the Park of Roses would want the Bridal Door to be inviting. 🤷‍♀️

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  5. I love messages on bricks or rocks. I took photos of a bunch when I was at the Seattle Center. That Bridal door looks like one for a public restroom, and a not very nice one at that. I love rose gardens, but haven’t been to one recently. I’m not even sure when roses bloom? Early summer?

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    1. Margaret, I thought the messages on the stepping stones were interesting, but I didn’t see the first time we visited the park. Good description of that Bridal Door. Roses bloom mid spring to early summer here. Then off and on in the fall.

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  6. Am a lover of Garden Parks and on my trip last week I went to a big one (Huntington Library in Pasadena). I understand, California is probably one of the few places where roses are without blooms one month out of a year! Love how these garden stones keeps one in suspense, and you keep walking because you want to know the end:):)

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    1. Junieper2, I’ve seen photos of the Huntington Library gardens and they look fabulous. Lucky you having the opportunity to visit them. I agree about the garden stones. Once I caught onto what was going on with them, I had to keep reading. There were other stories, but this is the one that caught my eye.

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      1. There were other stories? Maybe you can post them sometime:)
        I know people who have a year-pass, and just discovered one Tuesday day a month you can come in free to Huntington Library. It started as an International library, but then the Family Huntington added more and more:)

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        1. I didn’t take any photos of the other stones. I was taken with these so I left it at that. Still have no idea if these stones are a famous quote I don’t know or something else create by the family. More research required on that issue. If I should ever get the opportunity to go to the Huntington Library, I’ll try to visit on a free Tuesday. Just ‘cuz I’m frugal like that. 😊

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  7. I would steer clear of the bridal room, with a door like that!!!
    Roses are such a beautiful part of summer. Here in New England, they must be pampered, particularly as the weather gets really hot and humid. My daughter has grown an amazing rose garden, but she spends hours weeding and spraying and fertilizing and loving her precious darlings. 🙂

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    1. Pam, I know! I felt the same way when I saw that door. Roses can be gorgeous here, but nowhere as elegant as the ones around you. Because of the humidity our roses start out pretty, but wilt by July often to never bloom with much enthusiasm after that. Of course I’ve been lax about tending to them many years so I don’t suppose I’m helping them thrive. 🤔

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    1. marian, I agree. Roses make me happy, too. You’re right in your description of the Bridal Door. You could be right about break-ins, so then they don’t bring attention to the door on purpose? That’s a reasonable explanation of why it’s so drab. The rest of the park is spectacular.

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  8. I’m glad you returned to the rose garden. Lovely outing. My roses are best the first week of June. After that, too many get melty and withery. Best blooming may be brief, but divine regardless.
    Someone should make that bridal door look a little more bridal and not so… foreboding. A door HANDLE might help.

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    1. joey, yes I agree. Maybe we all should chip in to buy the Park of Roses a door handle for the Bridal Door. 🙄 I wasn’t going to use these photos for a #ThursdayDoors until I remembered how wacked this Bridal Door looked. It’s a good topic of door conversation.

      I understand your melty & withery roses. Our roses are done in right now. They aren’t looking too great, but maybe this fall they’ll come back. *finger crossed*

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    1. Donna, many of the stones were single tribute ones, but this was a whole series of stones with a message. I don’t know if that’s a quote from a famous source. I don’t recognize it, do you?

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  9. The park has this lovely gazebo that implies they understand the purpose of external aesthetics that complement the nature they are nurturing … and then they completely ignore the power of a great door. Sigh. There is still so much work for us to do! 😉

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    1. Joanne, you said it. The layout of the park is organized and the flowers are nurtured to look their best. Then this door? It’s ugly. So ugly it stopped me in my tracks. Talk about a missed opportunity.

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    2. While I’m sorry the rose garden wasn’t at it’s prime for your visit, it does look like a lovely spot to visit. But I agree that bridal door hints more at a lock down than a portal to wedlocked bliss.

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      1. Deborah, you’re right on both counts. The park was pleasant without all those showy roses & the Bridal Door made me wonder what was behind that door. Too weird.

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  10. The bridal door looks more like a back entrance to a funeral home
    Decidedly *not* festive and generating of happy feelings. Not that I’ve been a bride (and am unlikely to be now) but I’d find that door not giving off of happy ever after vibes and but more suitable for something out of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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    1. Deb, I’m laughing out loud here. What a perfect description. I agree that the Bridal Door looks more like the entrance into a trap a la The Handmaid’s Tale than a portal to a better life. But everything considered you can see why I had to add it into this post for Thursday Doors… it is ominously unique.

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  11. That bridal door looks about as inviting as a few doors found in the prison I toured recently 😀
    Other than that, gardens are always wonderful peaceful places to visit and enjoy.
    Great shots.

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    1. Norm, I agree about the Bridal Door. It’s creepy and made me worry about the future of any bride who went through it. And you’re right, the rest of the park was peaceful and delightful.

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  12. The park is lovely even when it isn’t at its peak. I agree that the Bridal Door looks ominous. You’d think that the park would be able to come up with a door that was more inviting.

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    1. Sheryl, exactly. This is a fancy well-maintained city park in a richy-rich part of town, so why is the Bridal Door so… creepy? Makes no sense.

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  13. Hi Ally, I googled Pithinicity before I began reading this post and guess what? I came up with Ally’s site as top google find. Goosebumps on “These three words.” It never gets old. I agree how the Bridal room door looks ominous:)

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    1. Erica/Erika, I made up the word “pithinicity” to mean any saying that has no source [like a real quote] and is not popular slang [like bumper stickers]. Every once in a while I’ll read something interesting, like the words on the stepping stones, and want to talk about them, but I don’t know what to call them. Hence pithinicity– not a real word, except it is.

      I liked the three words stepping stones, too. I was amazed to find that we were walking on not just typical tribute stepping stones, but on ones with a story to tell. Way cool.

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  14. haha! the door does have that weird ominous vibe and i did not expect to see bridal room.
    what a great place to have a wedding – and am
    super curious as to what the inside looks like
    – the rose in its prime kinda feels like the vibe around here as july ends – hm
    lovely doors and more

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    1. Yvette, I don’t get that door, considering how the park overall is lovely. I’d like to know what the inside of the Bridal Room looks like, too. But on the other hand, it might be a trap to walk in there. 😳

      Yep, the rose in the photo is a perfect representation of this time of year. I am that rose right about now.

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      1. I am that rose too – lol
        and for some reason behind the door feels like four “high school” bathroom stalls – with tan doors and slightly rusted locks – and a mirror that is shatter proof so it has distortions – and one sing and stainless steel counter top
        – or – a trap.
        hahahh

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    1. nance, yes it’s decidedly a no-nonsense door. I hadn’t thought of the gazebo as ominous, but I take your point. It does look like something out of an Agatha Christie mystery wherein it is discovered that the murder took place in the gazebo at midnight.

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