Coming Up Roses

Coming Up Roses: feature by UK guest blogger  


If you’re familiar with my blog, Flowerona, you’ll know that I’m passionate about all things floral.

Roses are the most popular cut flowers in the world…and it really is no surprise when you consider how many amazing different varieties there are. With colours ranging from pink, white, red and yellow to lilac, magenta, apricot and orange. They are one of those flowers that you’ll find all year round in your local florist shop, garden center or supermarket. And they all have names…



Display from a florist in London which specializes in roses, La Maison des Roses.

For example, some popular white roses are Avalanche, Akito and Bianca. Aqua, Deep Water and La Belle are widely available pink roses. And red roses include Grand Prix, Black Baccara and Red Naomi.

As for the vintage roses which are very on trend at the moment, there’s Memory Lane, Sterling Silver and Old Dutch.

The UK floristry industry receives roses from Holland, with larger headed blooms coming from Ecuador and Colombia. And there are also UK growers of scented garden roses, such as The Real Flower Company and Country Roses.


As well as being the national symbol of England, in the language of flowers, the rose represents love. Hence it being a popular flower to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day (and Mother's Day-- hint, hint).

Each different colour has a meaning too. For example:

Red rose – true love and respect
White rose – eternal love and purity
Pink rose – happiness and grace
Orange rose – desire and appreciation
Yellow rose – intimate friendship and solidarity

Roses are also a favourite among the gardening fraternity, be it standard, climbing, rambling, floribunda or shrub…

And did you know that there’s a rose called Laura Ashley? It’s a pretty ground-cover rose with large clusters of magenta-pink to lilac flowers with pale yellow centers.

And if you’d like to see some amazing displays of roses this summer, why not visit one of these gardens?

The Rose Garden at The Savill Garden, Surrey
Bowes Lyon Garden at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
Kew Gardens, Surrey
The Rose Garden at Helmingham Hall
The Rose Labyrinth at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
National Trust Properties such as Sissinghurst Castle, Kent and Mottisfont, Hampshire

In the US try:
Peninsula Park Rose Garden and in Portland, Oregon
Sacramento Historic Rose Garden in Sacramento, California
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden in Hartford, Connecticut


All this writing about roses has reminded me of when as a child I used to attempt to make rose water with my mum’s garden roses. On the bathroom window sill, I used to place the petals in water, hoping for miracles. Needless to say, mum ended up getting rid of them when they’d turned a very delicate shade of brown…

If you’d like to learn how to make rose water properly, here’s a link to a video with a step-by-step demonstration by gardener Laetitia Maklouf.

In the meantime, do let me know if you have a favourite rose story…or if you’ve tried to make rose water, by commenting below…

Rona www.flowerona.com
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

Now that you're feeling a bit rosy, you'll want to check out our lovely garden range in a bold Cressida rose print.

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Sandra Beeman wrote:
Thanks so much for the information on the meaning of the colors. Now I'll be better equipped to send my message with each color!

Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 6:44 PM

2. Rio wrote:
I love your photos, it bgirns the west coast back to me. Beautiful. My daughter is a photographer and in my dreams, I am one too.BTW, I am forwarding/awarding you the Liebster Blog award because I enjoy your blog so much. Information about it is on my blog. Thank you for being an inspiration!

Sun, June 17, 2012 @ 10:19 AM

3. Nitesh wrote:
In early spring, I trlsapnanted 3 wild roses from my road to my garden. Most of there leaves fell off, the plant looked un waterered, dead, but I took good care of it and it made a great recovery, all the leaves are finally back. I took 12 more wild roses and made there own flower bed for them. Most of the leaves are already crackly, and falling off. I trlsapnanted them about 2 weeks ago. I suspect that most of the leaves will probably fall off anyway, and I think 2 of the wild roses might die, because almost all of there leaves are fallen. Some new leaves are finally starting to grow, and they are a nice green colour. I know they won't bloom this year, but next year, when, and for long will they bloom? They are about a foot to 2 feet tall, and the ones on the road have been blooming for about a month, but there arn't very many blooms because no body dead heads or trims them. Thanks:) And one last thing, I have sweet peas, and are about 5-8 inches tall. When will they bloom? Thanks.

Mon, June 18, 2012 @ 11:20 PM

4. Rabia wrote:
Besides digging them up or using Round Up, I'm not sure you have a lot of other oioptns. You can also cut them down to a manageable level before trying to apply your plant killers. Take some pruning shears and cut them about 4 or 5 inches above the ground. This lets you get rid of the bulk of the plants with little effort and will make digging, pulling, or applying a weed killer much easier. Since plants need air and sunlight you can also tarp them over and let them die that way. If you don't cut them down push them over and smash them against the ground. Put a tarp down over them and weight it. After they die you'll still need to pull them or digg them up, but it should be easier.

Mon, June 18, 2012 @ 11:46 PM

5. Kawd wrote:
We have alot of wild rose bushes in the back of our yard. We have tried asmolt every store product and nothing is killing them. We have considered using vegetation kill or gasoline, but we plan on planting some sort of vines after they die. I need some reccommendations besides digging them up. please help!!!!we tried to pull them up but the are to deep, they need to be dug up. and we dont want to do that.

Tue, June 19, 2012 @ 12:32 AM

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