My handkerchief-sized garden doesn’t often produce blooming flowers but when it does, the world is a wonderful place and I tell everyone who’d listen—like I’m doing now-- about my plants and how much joy they give me. Hey, don’t hit the next-blog button yet!
Let me tell you what you don’t know about roses. Roses are incredibly ancient flowers. They have existed for at least 32 million years!
You might think that roses, in their various colours, were scattered evenly all over the globe, minus the Arctic and
Antarctica regions of course. Apparently, the native roses of America, Europe and the Orient were in various shades of pink only, from pale pinks to bright crimson pinks. There were also white roses but yellow ones were absent.
So when yellow roses were introduced in
Europe in the 18th century, they caused a sensation! Remember the ridiculous prices of rare tulips in during the tulip mania? In 1637 a single tulip bulb could be sold for ten times a man’s annual income! People could get crazy over flowers, huh? Holland
I’m sure you want to know where yellow roses originated. Their hues ranged from pale yellow to sulfur and were discovered, in the 18th century, growing wild in the Middle East and in South West Asia (including
Nowadays there’re countless rose hybrids and roses are popular as gifts. Do you know that the number and colour of roses you get as gifts have special significance and symbolism ? Learn more about this! You don’t want to send your neighbour a bunch of roses to say thank you for fixing your roof but unwittingly telling him: “You’re the one”!
Just so you know, a bouquet of twelve red roses is saying “Be mine”. Not something you want to send to your best friend’s wife!
BTW, I’m never lucky with roses. The beauties in the photos here are the first blooms of my newly bought plants. I've decided to feed them with organic fertilizers only. Hence my revived interest in bokashi! Wish me luck with subsequent buds and blooms.
Do you plant any flowers? What are your favourites?