Category: Flower Photography
Spring is just about to burst out people! How good is that? I feel like with spring on the horizon, and Covid cases dropping that things might start feeling a little better here in London. One thing I am certain of is that London in Spring is a sea of Cherry Blossom and Magnolia. For a few weeks, the city turns pink before the petals rain down on the streets signalling warmer days ahead. Aside from parks and gardens, here are some of my favourite places to see Magnolia blossom in London.
There’s a wealth of splendid rose gardens to visit across Britan that can offer inspiration for planting and designing in your very own romantic rose garden. From the classic gardens such as Great Dixter in East Sussex to more contemporary styles such as Bury Court in Surrey, there is a rose garden for every taste and style. Here are 50 great rose gardens to visit in Britain to see garden roses at their very best. Roses are at their peak in the UK from May till mid-July and there is no finer place to see them than in these great rose gardens.
How to preserve roses and other flowers is an important question, because a flower isn’t always just a flower—it is often connected to memories you don’t want to forget. If you are not sure what to do with your Valentine’s Day flowers after the holiday or want to commemorate blooms gifted to you on a special date this post is for you. In this blog post, I’ll share my top 5 best ways to dry roses so they last forever.
Category: Rose Books
I personally own and love all of these books about roses! At a time in history when we supposed to have everything we need accessible by google, insightful information about roses is still hard to find on the internet. Plus there is something magical in being able to open a gorgeous book to get the information you need. The inspiration, information, and knowledge that I’ve gained from these books about roses have been amazing! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! If nothing else, they make gorgeous coffee table books and can hopefully inspire you to plant a rose or two!
Category: Rose fragrance
We love roses for many reasons. They are beautiful, they symbolize love, and no other flower’s scent can compare to that of a rose. If you love a rose, you have to love its fragrance too. That’s why it’s hard to believe that, in the 20th century, fragrance was not a key priority in commercial hybridizing. The history of rose popularity and commercialization sheds some light on how the scent of roses disappeared from so many modern roses.
Category: Rose Breeders
Here’s a detailed list of famous rose breeders known for their particular contributions to the field. I hope this will be beneficial in discovering a little more history behind the rose flowers we all love.
Category: Cut Roses
All roses are beautiful but rose white O’Hara has the full package – beauty, fragrance, and long vase live. It buds a mix of raspberry-cream and green that fades to the palest white with a hint of blush in the centre as it begins to unfurl, fading further as it opens into a frilly white ruff of a rose. The petals are cupped initially, then reflex to reveal curls of inner petals and occasionally the merest hint of gold stamens. The flowers, which reach around 12 cm in diameter, are born on long, thorny stems, which are the only downside. O’Hara’s blooms have a glorious fragrance – a honeyed Old rose with notes of sweet fruity scent.
Category: Anatomy of a Rose
“Stop and smell the roses” is an idiom that means to relax; to take time out of one’s busy schedule to enjoy or appreciate the beauty of life. Whether you think of “stopping to smell the roses” as a metaphor, or an actual act of admiring roses, the benefit is the same. Slow down and appreciate the world surrounding you is the message.
Category: Anatomy of a Rose
Rose names are not as straightforward as you may think. One rose can have five names or even more. The rose world is not a neat and tidy bundle of orderly delight. After all, selling roses is big business and like any other big business needs to take care of copycats, excel in marketing, and ensure sales at all costs. Add into the mix its global nature and you will start to see that things are not that simple. A rose, regardless of its name, will smell as sweet, but for rose breeders, the name is very important and not just any name will do.
Category: Cut Roses
Rose Juliet is the most popular David Austin’s cut roses due to her trademark colour and her distinct English rose shape form. Roses in her luminous shade of peach – pale at the edges with darker apricot hearts – were known in the past. Add to this the distinctive, deep – cupped elegance of her blooms and it’s easy to see why rose Juliet is in demand all over the world. In fact, this rose is the most popular wedding rose in the US according to David Austin team. Showy yet subtle, she sits well with soft-toned, blush pinks and vanilla creams, but it is not losing to any other flowers and always remains the focal point in any arrangement.