Amazing & Alluring Roses
Beautiful, fragrant, and colourful, the rose continues to awe and amaze us in its unique yet widespread appeal. Continuously ranked the most popular flower in the world year after year, what is it that makes the rose so special? A favourite subject of artists and poets and loved by gardeners and florists, let's find out more about the flower that "by any other name, would smell as sweet." - (Shakespeare)
The rose is a flowering plant belonging to the Rosaceae family and has been cultivated for over 5,000 years. Today, there are over 300 species of roses and tens of thousands of cultivars (specific types bred for desired traits). As a result, roses come in a wide variety of colours, shapes, and sizes are sorted into three main categories: Old Garden Roses, Species (Wild) Roses, and Modern Roses.
History of Roses
Roses are native to North America, Europe, Asia, and northwest Africa. The cultivation of roses likely originated in China around 5,000 years ago. There is evidence that roses were also cultivated in ancient Rome around the same time, where they were highly sought after for their sweet scent and medicinal use. Both cultures commonly used roses in celebrations and for various decorations.
In China, rose cultivation became widespread, which led to roses eventually making their way from China to Europe in the late 18th century. Since then, plant breeders in Europe started developing hybrids, and the Modern roses category was born.
Rose Meaning & Symbolism
The most common meaning associated with the rose is love and romance. There are different meanings for every colour of rose as well.
How to Care for Your Cut Roses
To extend the life of your beautiful bouquet of fresh roses, follow the below steps to keep it fresh and fragrant for as long as possible.
- Choose a tall vessel and make sure it's clean.
- Fill it with lukewarm water.
- Cut the stems at an angle for maximum water absorption and remove low leaves making sure none are below the waterline.
- Use the packet of flower food according to directions.
- Change the water every day while also re-cutting the stems and keeping leaves out of the water.
- Make sure the vase of roses is kept out of direct sunlight and away from any cold drafts.
Add a touch of special beauty to your life today by ordering a bouquet of gorgeous roses for yourself or for someone you love.