Roses…. What’s in a name?

 

 

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Bloomin’ Beautiful

Roses are enduring beauties and cultivars have been around since at least 5,000 years most likely originating in China. Roses are amazing flowers as they are hardy and easy to look after once planted in the right position. With just a little bit of seasonal care they will provide you with the most beautiful blooms.

All around the world roses are loved and hold significance for many people. There are some roses that we love not just because they are beautiful but also because they have amazing stories or deep meaning attached to them.

Two of our favourites are:

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Peace

Peace- Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland‘ At the outbreak of WWII, the French rose breeder Francis Meilland’s nursery was under threat of destruction. He managed to send parcels of a new rose know as 3-35-40 out of France to Turkey Italy, Germany and USA. He did not know if the rose survived or not outside of France until after the war. In USA the rose proved to grow extremely well in many different states and at its official launch on 29th April 1945, Berlin fell and the rose was officially called Peace. It forms elegant buds that open to large, cupped flowers with a high-centered form and an average diameter of 15 cm (6 in). Peace has a colour combination of pale yellow and crimson edges that depends on the location, the weather and these change as the flower fades. It has a sweet and fruity fragrance that varies in its strength from mild to strong.

The Children’s Rose

Children’s Rose- Throughout Australia when you purchase the Children’s Rose a portion of the sale goes towards the Children’s hospital in your state. As well, the rose has been breed to be particularly thornless so that children are able to pick it. It’s a particularly beautiful gift to give someone who has just had a baby in the family. The Children’s Rose produces highly fragrant blooms of soft powder pink which slowly unfurl to reveal a mass of swirling petals in fully double blooms. The flowering stems are mostly single, sometimes in clusters and are very long lasting in a vase.

Other meaningful roses include; Sweet Memory-supporting Alzheimer’s Australia Vic., Our Honey Olivia– part proceeds from its sales are donated towards “The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre Appeal” and Fred Hollows Vision‘ An Australian bred rose, growing to one metre, with free flowering, lightly fragrant blooms in dense clusters and terrific disease resistance.

Rose are truly one of nature’s wonders.

Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.” 

Alphonse Karr

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 For more information about the different types of rose varieties try Treloar Roses  and for planting roses have a look at Garden Australia’s factsheet.

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