a rose garden

quietdandelion

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Formosa/Chinese
Although Charlie might not be able to promise Diana a rose garden, he promised to love her and cherish her forever.

Does the underlined part refer to a rich and beautiful house? If not, what does it mean? Thanks.
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Although Charlie might not be able to promise Diana a rose garden, he promised to love her and cherish her forever.

    Does the underlined part refer to a rich and beautiful house? If not, what does it mean? Thanks.
    I think that a "rose garden" in this context is representative of a rich and beautiful life, Quietdandelion.

    This reminds me of a very popular (old) song entitled "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden", part of which says:

    I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
    Along with the sunshine there's gotta be a little rain sometime


    Two lines in the second verse are:

    I could promise you things like big diamond rings
    But you don't find roses growin' on stalks of clover
     

    Brioche

    Senior Member
    Australia English
    In this context, a rose garden is a pleasant and comfortable life, with few worries or problems.

    Sometimes a very comfortable existence is called a "bed of roses".
    I'd say that a "bed of roses" is more luxurious than a "rose garden".
     
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