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…
(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.
Fri, May 11, 2012
by Hope Gough filed under
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