3 July 2016 - FACTS ABOUT ROSES




FACTS 
ABOUT  ROSES

G'day folks,

Everyone loves roses, but here are some facts that you may not know. It is no secret that a rose is a very luxurious flower. However … 


1)    A fossil is not necessarily an animal or even a dinosaur.  A rose fossil was found in Colorado in the age of about 35 million years. Maybe they should call it a vintage rose?

2)   In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Holland to Mexico and North Africa.



3)    Although roses can come in a wide variety of colours, a “black rose” is not actually black. It is actually a very dark red.


4)    More than 54 percent of the land in Ecuador is filled with roses and Zambia surpasses this with more than 80 percent of land in Zambia being dominated with rose cultivation. This is also managed due to the universal rose industry providing a source of income.



5)    Roses can survive for extremely long periods of time. For example, a large rose bush covers the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany and has done for over 1000 years.

 6)    The rose family was very significant to Romans as they would use them as room decorations, or even wear them on string around their neck and anything which was said “under the rose” was deemed to be a secret.

7)   Reiterating the luxury of roses; in the middle ages, rose petals and rose oils were added to the baths of the rich and famous.

 8)    Different coloured roses are used to convey different feeling of passion and emotion. For instance,  red roses are used to show the people’s romance, love, and passion. However, if you want to show empathy, happiness, and familiar love, you can give yellow roses. To deliver the poetic romance and gentleness, delicate pink roses are used.



9)   A breed of multicolored roses are said to be the most expensive roses in the world. A single “Happy Rose” rose costs around £25.00. However, they are pretty special.

 10)    During the fifteenth century, the rose  developed its name the “War of the Roses”. The white rose symbolised Yorkshire and the red rose branded Lancaster. The roses were used as a symbol for the factions fighting to control England.


Clancy's comment:  Wow. What a sensational flower. Some of the best I have ever seen were grown in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand. 

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