Garden Tales: Roses
- Roses and Care - Growing Tips
Roses like clay soil, although they may be grown successfully in a variety of soils, as long as a good amount of organic matter is worked in. Very heavy soils are best improved by replacing at least half with sandy loam or sharp sand; also gypsum and
That which we call a rose; By any other name would smell as sweet.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act 2 scene 2
The rose may possibly be the oldest plant still growing with a history that according to fossil evidence dates back some 35 million years.
The rose’s family tree is highly complicate as we shall see and we now have some 30,000 varieties.
It is most likely that roses were first cultivated approximately 5,000 years ago in Asia and since then the rose has been intertwined with humanity and many of our great tales.
In the language of flowers the red rose says I love you.
Aphrodite, according to Greek mythology named the rose but it was up to Chloris, the Goddess of Flowers to bring the rose into being. As the story goes, one day while Chloris was cleaning in the forest she found the lifeless body of a beautiful nymph. Chloris seeking to bring the nymph back to life sought the assistance of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty. Chloris then visited Dionysus, the god of wine, who added nectar which lent her a sweet scent.
The Three Graces, in their turn provided charm, brightness and joy. The West Wind, Zephyr, blew the clouds away so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom. Thus, Rose was born.
Among the magical properties of rose are: the rose is in love and harmony spells; roses planted in your garden will attract fairies; rose petals sprinkled around the house will calm stress and reduce household upheavals.
The rose hip, the part that remains after the petals fall off has been used for nutrition and health for centuries. Rose hips are a well known source of vitamin C and contain vitamins E and K, and the B vitamins riboflavin and folate.
I am always surprised that so few people seem to know the value of the rose hip and when I see bushes upon bushed of rose plants with the hips just waiting to be picked I am reminded of how much we still need to learn.
I have on several occasions made arrangements with people to pick a few of their rose hips and have often targeted select bushes for an urban foraging adventure.
The rose family is comprised of somewhere between 3 and 4 thousand members. Apples, almonds and strawberries are among the relatives.
Roses- is there anything more beautiful than a rose in bloom, I mean in the plant world, of course. The first step to caring for your roses is to know which rose you have.
Roses are quick to establish themselves and will be better able to resist diseases and pests if they are planted in the right place. The rose will require six hours of sunlight per day if you want to flourish and flower.
An ideal spot for roses is an eastern exposure that receives the morning sun; avoid plating your roses where there are obstructions that create shade.
Do you have a rose tale?
planting bare root roses
- Flowering Plant Families, UH Botany
he Rosaceae are trees, shrubs and herbs comprising about 100 genera and 3,000 species.