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Our Love of the Rose

Updated on February 27, 2017

Rose Garden at Wickham Park

Walking through a rose garden is an intoxicating and beautiful experience. More photos from this garden are in the middle of this page
Walking through a rose garden is an intoxicating and beautiful experience. More photos from this garden are in the middle of this page | Source

What is a Rose?

A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa within the family of Rosaceae , of which there are over 100 species. Some are shrubs, and some climb and trail. They can grow up to over 19 feet, and usually have sharp prickles on them.They are beautiful, and come in many different colors, shapes and sizes.They flower from June to September, and most of them are fragrant. The flowers are hermaphrodite (containing both male stamen and female stigma), and they are pollinated by bees.

Most species are native to Asia, and many are native to Europe, North America and Northwest Africa.

Rose bushes or bouquets make a beautiful gift
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What are Roses Used For?

  • For ornamentation, as in gardens or potted plants
  • As a gift of love and affection, in the form of a bouquet or potted plant
  • In art, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, ornamental architectural elements, stamps, and photography
  • In the form of perfume, rose oil, or rose water
  • In cosmetics
  • In cooking
  • In medicine
  • As symbolism in religion


In addition, he has an article on Gulkand, a sweet preserve made of rose petals.

The Rose's Symbolism:

  • The rose has long been used as a symbol of love and beauty.
  • "Rose" means pink or red in a variety of languages.
  • Ancient Greeks and Romans alike identified the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite (Greek) and Venus (Roman).
  • The phrase "sub rosa", or "under the rose", means to keep a secret. It was derived from the ancient Roman practice of placing a wild rose on the door of a room where secret matters were discussed.
  • Rose of England: the rose is the national flower of England
  • In Alberta, Canada, the wild rose is the provincial flower.
  • In 1986, the rose was named as the floral emblem of the United States of America.
  • Also in the USA, 4 states have the rose as their state's flower: Iowa, North Dakota, Georgia and New York.
  • "City of Roses" is Portland, Oregon's nickname, and holds the annual Rose Festival
  • Pasadena, California holds the Tournament of Roses Parade in conjunction with the Rose Bowl


Roses in Food and Drinks:

  • Rose hips can be used in jams, jellys and marmalades
  • In France, Rose Hip Syrup , made by pressing and filtering rose hips, are widely used. In the USA, this French syrup is used to make rose scones
  • It's used to produce Rose Hip Seed Oil , which is also used in some skin and makeup products
  • Rose petals or flower buds are sometimes used to flavor tea, or else combined with other herbs to make tisanes
  • Rose flowers are sometimes used to flavor or add scent to food. Candied rose petals are also a nice visual treat, sometimes used to embellish desserts
  • Rose Creams , rose-flavored fondant covered in chocolate and often topped with a crystallized rose petal, are a traditional English confectionary

What are Tisanes?

Tisanes are also known as herbal teas or herbal infusions. They consist of a mix of dried fruits, herbs, and sometimes flowers. They are appealing for their taste, as well as for being caffeine free.

They can be brewed as tea, or else added to tea leaves, creating an aromatic blend of tea.

Roses throughout a Rose Garden

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Roses in Medicine:

  • Rose Hips are a rich source of vitamins A, C and E, minerals, and flavenoids. It's a good source of essential fatty acids
  • It's used in herbal and folk medicine, and in Chinese traditional medicine
  • The flowers (and even the roots and leaves, to a smaller extent) may help regulate menstruation and stimulate blood circulation in women
  • Flower buds are used to treat poor circulation, stomach pains, and swelling
  • The leaves, fruits and roots are also used to treat arthritus, boils and coughs
  • The fruit can be applied to sprains, ulcers and wounds

Roses in Religion and Socialism:

  • Roses are associated with the Virgin Mary
  • The red rose has been adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs
  • In Iran and the surrounding areas, the rose is a prominant part of their geometrical gardens
  • Jilani, the Sufi master, is known as "The Rose of Baghdad", and the Qadiriyya (his order) use the rose as its symbol
  • The emblem of Islamabad Capital Territory in Pakistan is the rose
  • Roses are associated with both St. Valentines Day (known as Valentines Day in modern times) and St George's Day
  • On Valentines Day, it is typical to give roses as a gift to a loved one
  • Many countries celebrate St Georges Day. In Catalonia it is also known as El de la Rosa (The Day of the Rose) or as El dia del Llibre (The Day of the Book). It is celebrated on April 23rd. Historically, men give women roses, and women give men a book to celebrate the occasion- "a rose for love and a book forever"
  • A red rose is a symbol of socialism or social democracy
  • A World War 2 non violent resistance group in Germany was referred to as "The White Rose"

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love to look at them. I love to smell them. I hate growing them. LOL They are such delicate buggers, and I don't have the patience to raise them properly. My loss for sure. Anyway, very nice job on this hub.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      The only time I tried to grow them outside, we had a "gullywasher", and everything I planted washed away. Right now I have a rose plant, which I have had for about 1 1/2 years. It started out with so many blooms, and then they all died away. Twice I have cared for the plant enough to produce two blossoms. Right now the greenery is growing, but the blossoms are not as abundant as they were when I first got the plant. So I agree, they are a pain to grow in most circumstances!

      Thank you for the comment, Bill! I appreciate your taking the time to read and respond.

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      I don't grow roses. My Mom and grandmother did, however. The trick is getting a variety that is acclimated to your specific region. That may be a challenge in Boston, I don't know. Nicely done hub!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you for reading my article, and commenting, Jim. I appreciate it!

      It probably would be a challenge in Boston. The only rose plant I do have is an indoor potted plant, which is doing ok. It is in front of the window, and leans its leaves and roses toward the sun.

      If I ever bought a rose plant to grow outdoors, I would definitely put some more research into choosing one, so that they're more likely to grow. And I would be careful not to plant it right before heavy rain!

      I get the most pleasure from visiting the Wickham Park garden in Manchester, Ct in the Summertime. Most of my photos came from there. The Rose Garden is part of the English Garden, and is one of many gardens within the park. It is fascinating to visit it often, because most times during the Spring and Summer, there are flowers somewhere. As well as an Aviary, a Nature Center, and a few ponds, including one with a "moon bridge", which ducks frequent. Closer to Spring I'm going to write an article on it, because it is such a beautiful treasure, and I want people to see it!

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      Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful hub, this reminds me very much of my Mammaw (grandmother) who grew roses, and many other flowers, and her name was Rosa "Etta", because my great grandmother also loved roses.

      I hope you make a video of the Wickham Park garden in Manchester, and I hope they have Hollyhocks. I think you would find these flowers facinating.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I'm not sure if they have Hollyhocks, but since you mentioned them, I'll go out of my way to find out. They have an incredible variety of flowers, so I wouldn't be surprised!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Shyron, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Rosa is a beautiful name! I think if I ever have a girl, I would like to name her that (or middle name, if not first).

      I hadn't thought of making a video, but that is a good idea. It would be best to do that when it's in full bloom.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      The rose is my very favorite flower (I wrote a Hub "The Rose, A Symbol of Love and Beauty"). I invite you to read mine when you have some time.

      Since it is Valentine's Day, I know a lot of roses will be given to a loved one today. I enjoyed reading this Hub, and voted it UP, and will share.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you so much, Mary.

      I love roses, too. I have a rose bush in my apartment, and it is actually adapting to this place pretty well!

      I will check your hub out now- I look forward to it! I think I saw a glance of it while I was on your profile earlier, and it was one of the few I was planning on getting back to later. And now it is later! I'll go grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy it!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Very nice article Mary, thank you. I love roses and have bunch of them in my backyard. Now I learned more about them thanks to you :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment, Bake Like a Pro.

      You have some spectacular recipes on your site!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Great hub. This should be featured as Hub of The Day (HOTD). Most of the information is new to me.

      I have a similar hub on hibiscus or gumamela flower which I made as salad on my Tropical Cooking series.

      But this one should receive more accolades than mine. It's a complete hub. :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Funny how everyone loves roses! I too wrote a hub about roses, it was about my Granpa's rose garden to mine. I never had any luck with roses until I found this really hearty one but I can't remember what it is...German or Swedish or something.

      I like your hub because you cover a lot of ground and provide a lot of good information. I especially liked the Roses in Religion and Socialism.

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Travel, thanks, that is really sweet of you to say!

      Now I'm curious about your hibiscus hub.

      Thanks for taking the time to check out my hub, and commenting! And I'm really happy you like it. I put a lot of research into it (it was fun, though!).

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Tillsontitan,

      I saw a glimpse of your hub a couple of times, and I meant to read it. I believe it was even mentioned on a fellow hubber's hub. I will check it out asap!

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you liked it!

      When I was doing the section on Religion and Socialism, I was trying to figure out if I should put them together, or in separate capsules. I ended up coupling them together, because there was not a lot of info on the Socialism part. Hopefully no one will take offense to that.

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      What an interesting hub about roses.My mother had a beautiful rose bush that gave some of the nicest roses.Two rose bushes later crossed together now we have bright red roses and pink ones two.I have had only wild white rose bushes they look nice until the first heavy rain and they are gone for the summer.Thanx for sharing.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      You're welcome! And thanks for reading and responding. I like hearing stories about roses.

      My Grandma used to have a rose bush outside of her house. It was there for all of my childhood. When she passed away, the rose reminded me of her.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I love roses but our soils here has so much rock and clay in it, it's really hard to get them to do well. I have some miniature roses inside and out that do well. I am going to plant some old fashion roses this year and see howthey do. Your pictures are beautiful. Voted this up and interesting! :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      That's what I love about visiting a park. I don't have to worry about my soil.

      I have a "Parade Rose" in a pot inside my apartment, and it is doing okay. As long as I keep the soil moist, it grows well!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub, I appreciate it.

      I have many more pretty pictures that I plan using in at least one more article. Wickham Park is such a beautiful place, and closer to Spring I want to compile the photos and information, so others can see. Up until a few months ago I lived across the street from it, and walked over to take pictures multiple times throughout the year, from Spring to Autumn, and even a few in Winter.

      Good luck with your flowers!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Beautiful photos of roses! Interesting recipe for rosehip syrup. Learned about Tishanes. An interesting and educational article. Very much enjoyed reading it.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thank you, Au fait, I'm glad you like the pictures.

      One thing I like about making an article is the research process. I love learning about new things, and I learned a lot from putting this hub together.

      I found the recipe for the syrup when I browsed online for things relating to roses. I have never tried to make anything like that, but I think it looks delicious!

      I am so glad you enjoyed this article.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      My favorite flower..and I have tons of pictures..I need to get them out there...sharing and voting up...Awesome and beautiful

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faythef, thanks for reading and commenting, I appreciate it.

      I love roses. If you ever get your photos on a Hub, I will check them out!

      I am so glad you liked this article.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I love roses. I didn't not that long ago. I always associated them with old ladies and pink frilly flowers. Hehe. But, once I discovered that there's literally a rose for everyone, I fell in love. :) I have a bunch of rosa rugosa in my yard and I can make rose hip tea. Love it! ;)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have never actually made rose hip tea, but it sounds very good!

      My little rose plant in my apartment is growing, and I love it! I'm excited every time I see a new bud growing.

      I love roses, because they come in so many colors, shapes and sizes, and they smell good.

      "Old ladies and pink frilly flowers"? That is funny. They do seem really Victorian, for sure.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Cclitgirl.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kathryn, we use rose petals to make rose syrup. But the petals have to be from pure rose not the hybrids. Gulkand is another thing that is made by candying the rose petals. It is used in Paan, which is betel leaf. along with many other additions, paan is eaten after food and helps to digest food.

      Thanks for this wonderful hub. A lot of good memories came flooding by.

      Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan, thanks for reading and commenting. It is always nice to hear what you have to say.

      I have never heard of Gulkand before, but I just looked it up. It seems to be kind of a preserve. That is so interesting. I can imagine there must be a lot of foods and syrups around the world that I have never tried, or heard of. I am going to study it further.

      I'm glad that you're flooded with a lot of good memories. That makes me very happy.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Good afternoon Kathryn and this is such a lovely hub presentation which also seems like a labor of love from you. I remember back in the day my mum and I cultivated a rose by the name of the actress 'Ingrid Bergman' and it/she bloomed beautifully for about 2 summers. It was a deep red color.

      And yes with spring just around the corner (depending on where one lives) this is a timely hub subject as well . Many people are starting to think about getting their 'green thumbs' out of hibernation -lol.

      Although here in Canada they don't encouage planting season until at least mid-May.

      Sending you good wishes and positive energy from lake erie time ontario canada 3:09pm from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin,

      Thank you for showing up on my page, and reading and commenting on it. It's nice to have a "visit" from you!

      Yes, it is a great time to start thinking about flowers.

      Oh, Canada! I wouldn't want to plant anything too early there. As cold as it is here, it is supposed to be colder there.

      Completely off subject, but I want to tell you about the one time I accidentally went to Canada! My boyfriend and I were going to upper Maine, Presque Isle, which is right next to the border. He was driving, and didn't notice the sign that said we were coming upon the last exit before Canada. Oops, I suppose I should have mentioned the sign, but I thought for sure he wouldn't miss it! I mentioned it after he passed it, but it was too late to do anything about it. We had to go through the line to Canada, and then turn back around to go out the exit back to Maine. Fun times! It is the only time I have been to Canada, unfortunately, which is a shame. I'm from Western Massachusetts, which is not very far away from the border. Some day I'll make it up to my Northern neighbor!

      Have a good end of the week! Take care, both you and your lovely cats.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Hi Kathyrn - funny you talk about border crossings. I live right here at the lake - I am literally about 100 feet away with a lakeshore road between the lake itself and my property and 47 miles straight across from me is Erie, Penn. And often on a very clear night I can see the distant lights on the either side.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin, it must be really cool to see lights from across the border!

      Wow, Lake Erie must be really big.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      I think it's the 2nd biggest lake , Kathryn , in the 5 great lakes of North America and yes when I look out over the lake with the naked eye I just see more and more lake - it looks like an ocean.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I picture it being huge, because of how much space it takes up on the map.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Good morning Kathyrn

      This is such an interesting look at the beauty I so adore. My Momma had many many glorious rose bushes in her yard and I could stand and admire them endlessly even as a young girl. I am just learning to root and grow my own bushes so am very excited.

      Thanks for sharing this, Kathyrn. There is so much here I did not know.

      have a lovely lovely day

      Sending Angels to you and yours.

      :) ps

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      PS,

      This was such a fun article to research and prepare for. I learned a lot, and kept finding so many things to add. And many of the photos I took were from a park I lived across the street from up until a few months ago. Soon I will be making an article on it, because it is a stunning place with so many flowers in it. I love flowers, and have always been fascinated by them. My Grandma used to have roses in her yard, my favorite being a pretty Peace Rose in her front yard that bloomed long after she passed away.

      You're welcome, and thanks for reading this, and sharing your own story. I have a rose plant indoors that lost most of its flowers for over a year, and since we have moved to Boston, it's been thriving in the window. I love watching it grow, and seeing the new buds pop up. Good luck with your rose bushes!

      I hope you have a lovely day, too, thanks :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      That's so funny I found this - I just wrote a blog post about roses. They're quickly becoming one of my favorite flowers - and they weren't not to long ago. Wonderful hub! Voted, shared and tweeted. :)

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thanks, Cyndi! I'm glad you found this. I'll need to find your blog post, and see what it's about! Have a happy Friday!

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      Melissa Flagg 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      I have a wild rose bush (at least I think it's wild) that won't die. Not that I want it to die, mind you. I LOVE that bush, but it's been run over by a lawnmower twice and survived three freezes. It magically appeared the day after my dog died, so we call it Lady's rose. I've never done anything to to help it grow and right now it has 8 blooms on it and 2 buds. I guess I'm lucky because my great grandmother grew roses in her backyard and had a difficult time keeping them healthy.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Daughter of Maat, that is a cool story! A rose plant that won't die. It is especially great that it appeared after your dog died. That can be such a sad time, but a rose coming up can cause a small amount of comfort. That reminds me of the story "Where the Red Fern Grows". I think it was the name of the book... it's been a long time since I've read it.

      Thank you for reading, and for sharing your lovely story. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I have planted roses today in addition to the flowers in my garden. I love roses, but I have never planted one until now. Thanks for this very informative hub. I learned a lot from reading this. Voted up and pinned.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thelma, you're welcome. I am glad you learned a lot from it. It was a fun article to research, and I enjoyed adding my photos into it. Roses are pretty.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and for the vote and pin. Have a great Monday!

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Your pictures are a beauteous sight for sore eyes,and the quality is fantastic - such good photography;and I learned something new today.Thank you Kathryn,and enjoy a wonderful evening;

      R.Q.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      R.Q., thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed the photos and the article. I learned some new things when I researched this hub. It was very enjoyable.

      You're welcome, and thank you for reading and commenting. Have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Indian Chef 4 years ago from New Delhi India

      Kathryn, In India we use rose for many more things. They are used in prayers to god. Also we make rose water which is used for making your skin soft, so many ladies apply it on their face in the night. Then it is used to make gulkand from its petals. Very beautifully written Hub.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Indian Chef, thank you for sharing India's uses for rose. It is fascinating what one simple flower can be used for!

      I heard about Gulkand from Rajan Jolly. It's very interesting to read about that. I have also noticed that rose water is very useful. My friend SuzieHQ here on HubPages publishes articles on homemade cosmetics and body products, many of which use rose water. I will be buying some very soon.

      Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub, and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Kathryn, I loved this very comprehensive article all about the rose. Coincidentally, my Robin Hood climbing rose has just decided to finally bloom today! Instead of having it ascend a trellis, I decided to help curb the munchies that my deer seem to have when it comes to my peonies. So I trained the rose branches to follow the top of my low picket fence that surrounds that garden. Worked like a charm; and I now have a fence in bloom!

      Voted Up++++ and pinned this most excellent article ;) Pearl

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Pearl, that is a creative way to curb the deer's munchies, and it sounds very pretty to have roses following the fence, instead of on a trellis.

      I would love to have a garden! If I have a place with a yard sometime, I want to make one. They are so beautiful, and it's peaceful to be around the flowers.

      Thank you for gracing my page with your presence, and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dearest Kathryn,

      From all of the comments here, looks like all love roses! What a most beautiful and informative hub here of the rose, one of the most beautiful and romantic flowers around.

      Your photography is really lovely. That scenic photo walking into Wickham Park is really beautiful.

      I loved reading about the herbal teas and the uses in medicine, how fascinating.

      I appreciate the link here. You are so kind.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Faith,

      Yes, I don't think many people dislike roses! One thing I like about them is that they don't all look the same. There are so many beautiful varieties and colors!

      Thanks, I'm glad you like my photos. I have a hub I have been working on periodically specifically for Wickham Park. It is taking me a while to put it together, because I want to have my best photos on it. I am excited with that hub. The rose garden is only one of the many gardens within the park!

      It was very interesting researching information for this hub. Roses are a big part of many aspects of life, and I find it intriguing, too.

      Your article is beautiful, so I hope people will check it out :)

      Thanks for the votes and the share, and for taking the time to read and comment! You are very sweet. Have a wonderful Sunday!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      How did I miss this one?? I love roses and your photos are gorgeous taken at the English Garden. Great info on the uses of these fragrant beauties and thanks so much for linking to my hub, much appreciate that! Hope all is well with you my friend! Votes, sharing and pinning this to my flowers!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      I'm glad you like this! I have a hub halfway done on this garden, Wickham Park. I just haven't had the chance to finish it. This hub was fun to write.

      You're welcome.

      Sorry, I haven't been reading as many hubs lately. I need to check out the ones I have missed. My life just took a complete turn, and now I am really busy trying to find a better job, so I can afford my own apartment before the end of the year. But I haven't forgotten about you!

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Kathryn,

      Good to know all is well and I know how hard and busy our lives can get, believe me. I have had a crazy busy month with getting my apartment to market for rental, perfect for YOU! I love it and hopefully it won't be on the market long. I have also been job hunting so I know it is not easy juggling everything and writing, reading hubs etc . . I have a list to read! Stay well and if Dublin floats your boat for a residence you know who to call!! LOL

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      Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

      Oh i love roses and these photos are so mesmerising for sure, loved reading it, sharing up

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      There was a pretty minature rose bush at my moms in Massachusetts and we moved it to Maine.Soon it died.Well I guess Rose bushes don't transplant well.Oooops.I came back to read more on roses.I wish you pleasant dreams filled with the most beautiful roses.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie,

      Oh, so you have a lot going on, too! Good luck with the job hunting and apartment posting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Younghopes,

      My apologies for taking so long to reply!

      I love roses, too, and am so glad you like the photos. I went to that park quite a few times over a period of over 3 years, and was able to get quite a few shots of the roses when they were at their prime.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Dream on,

      It's too bad that you learned the hard way that roses don't transplant very well. But at least you tried!

      Speaking of miniature roses: I have my mini rose plant in a pot, indoors. It didn't do so well when I brought it to Boston, but with a little love it was doing pretty good. But a few weeks ago I took it out of the soil it was in, replaced it with this wonderful potting soil that was making Andy's pepper plants flourish, and my rose bush has gotten much fuller on the bottom! It's amazing how much it has grown in just a few short weeks!

      Thanks for gracing my page with your presence, and for commenting. Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      Even though the roses are gone for this year I came to visit them and see them here . Wonderful job.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Dream On,

      That is what I like about pictures- even when the roses are gone, these are still here to browse through and enjoy. Now it is the time of the year for pumpkins, Autumn foliage, and apples. I should probably write a hub geared towards Fall, but I think I'll wait until I have some great photos.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, and have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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