Flower of the Week: The Rose

by Natasha Starkell | 17.07.2013 | flower , rose , yellow , orange , red | 0 comments | Rating: 0 votes

The Rose

The Rose

To quote Shakespeare: 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. We could fill pages about the rose, perhaps the most famous flower in the world, a universal symbol of love and highly revered by gardeners.

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To quote Shakespeare: 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. We could fill pages about the rose, perhaps the most famous flower in the world, a universal symbol of love and highly revered by gardeners.

It's easy to fall in love with roses and there are more than 100 species. Some grow as shrubs while others trail or climb. They have prickly thorns on their stems and all have beautiful flowers. Roses come in so many colour variations and often have a lovely scent too, making them of great use to the perfume industry.

There is evidence of the cultivation of roses dating back to at least 500BC. They are now grown commercially on a huge scale for the cut flower industry, sales increase massively around Valentines Day, when the red rose comes into its own as the ultimate declaration of love. 


Natasha Starkell
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