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Rose Facts And Trivia

St Valentine's Day Roses 

Roses are the traditional gift given on Valentines Day, but they're certain to be well-received any time of year. But before you buy roses, know what message you're sending.

The color of a rose can have a very different meaning from what you intend. To ensure that your love understands what the roses you bestow mean, check this guide to rose colors and their meanings:

Red Roses

Red roses proclaim "I love you." They are the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion. Florists can't keep up with Valentines Day demand for red roses, which makes them especially expensive in February.

Yellow Roses Yellow roses indicate friendship and freedom -- so don't send them if your intentions are romantic and long-lasting. Yellow roses are also appropriate for sending congratulations to newlyweds, and new mothers.

Pale Pink Roses Pale pink roses connote grace, gentleness, and gratitude.

Light Pink Roses A joy to behold, light pink roses express fun and happiness.

Deep Pink Roses Deep pink roses say "Thank you." They have also come to be associated with the fight against breast cancer.

Lilac Roses Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.

White Roses Pure white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also send other messages: "I miss you" and "You're heavenly."

Peach Roses Peach roses speak of appreciation and gratitude.

Coral Roses Coral roses express one thing with their passionate colour: Desire.

Orange Roses Orange roses communicate enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender'.



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Queen Elizabeth 

Ever wondered that Mother Teresa, Christian Dior, Queen Elizabeth, and Jawaharlal Nehru all have one thing in common?

They have a type of rose named after them.

A winter rose show has been organized at the National Rose Garden this weekend where all such roses, along with about 50 other varieties, will be on display. The show is being organized by the Rose Society of India.

Institutes across the country have sent in roses of different colours and sizes for the competition, which has about 22 categories. - that are on display. within a big, white tent. There are roses so massive that it would be hard to fit them in both palms, and then there are the tiny ones barely an inch wide. Even the colours on display are spectacular - white with pink edges, orange and pink-shaded roses, white with speckles of yellow and pink, and beautiful coral roses, among others.

Forget the standard colours - red, pink, yellow and white - that are normally seen at flower shops, there is a multitude of different shades in single-colour roses as well - apricot, lavender, scarlet, deep pink, golden and orange. The competition also includes products made with roses, like incense, gulkand, candles, scent, candy and water.

Flower arrangements from the President's garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan, and ikebana from the Ohara School of Ikebana are also on display.

The show might just be a weekend affair, but the rose garden has about 70 different types of roses - some in full bloom, while others still in nascent stages. "The bloom has been affected as the temperatures remained high for so long but suddenly dropped from last week. While some roses bloomed suddenly with the drop in mercury, others didn't," said Dhan Singh, general secretary of The Rose Society of India.

Despite so many varieties of roses, it seems strange that there are only two or three available for retail. But Singh says that few nurseries, at least in Delhi, are breeding different kinds of roses now. "With climate change and pollution, roses don't grow very well here and nurseries cannot make much money from what grows. The cut flowers that come here are mainly grown in temperature-controlled glasshouses in Pune and Bangalore," he says.#

 Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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Floribunda.  2010.  3ft.

One of nicest little floribunda's in recent years. Very colourful blooms of yellow fused with orange in clusters of twenty or more. Repeats well from early summer until the first frosts. Small healthy medium green glossy foliage. A great garden rose or compact enough to grow in a container. Excellent perfume. A lovely little rose for a girls birthday or christening.

Bred by Dicksons. UK Awarded a Certificate Of Merit by the Royal National Rose Society.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site. Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




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David Austin. Shrub Rose. 1989.  3ft-4ft

'Jude The Obscure' vies with 'Golden Celebration' for the first place as the most magnificent of the English Roses. Its flowers are very large and of incurved chalice shape. Their colour is a pleasing medium yellow on the inside of the petals and a paler yellow on the outside. It has excellent, strong and almost disease free growth. This rose is particularly fine in a dry climate, although it may ball in the rain. A very strong, and unusual delicious fragrance with a fruity note reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine. Quite hardy plus good repeat flowering habit.

Named after the character in Thomas Hardy's novel.

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.




One of the most common requests we have is to suggest climbing roses that will grow on a North wall .  Over the next few weeks we will highlight all  the climbers we have  that will  tolerate a Northern aspect.

However you have to accept a simple golden rule.

“More sun. More flowers”


Climbing Rose.

1930.   10ft-15ft

(Rose Of The Week)

New Dawn has very few faults and some great attributes that make it an all-time favourite of many rose growers.

Masses of large pale pearl pink blooms in clusters and always seems to be in flower from summer through to autumn.

Good disease resistance on glossy dark green foliage.

A very versatile rose that has won many awards and will also grow on a North wall and cope with poorer soils.

Sweetly Scented.

Royal Horticultural Society Award Of Garden Merit 1993

World's Favourite Rose 1997

'New Dawn' was voted the World's Favourite Rose in 1997 by the World Federation Of Rose Societies.  The Federation also entered the rose into the Society's Rose Hall Of Fame, an honour shared with just  13  other roses.

Also known as 'The New Dawn'  & 'Everblooming Dr.W.Van Fleet'


Climbing Rose.

1957.   12ft

The long pointed buds of this rose open to reveal velvety-crimson flowers with a small centre of yellow stamens plus a little white and purple at the base of the petals.

The blooms are borne in large clusters and hold their colour well in any weather.

Glossy dark green foliage with good disease  resistance.

Quite a sight in full flush.

A tough climber that will also grow on a North wall, plus it is shade tolerant and will cope with poorer soils.

This rose is one of the best of the Kordesii roses because of its freedom and abundance of flowers.

If you are looking for a red climber, you will love this variety.

Highly recommended.


Anerkannte Deutsche Rose 1960


Climbing Rose

1915.  15f-20ft

A good strong vigorous climber with massive blooms of clear lemon white.

Although only summer flowering the blooms last a long time and are extremely beautiful.

They hold their form well for a long time, and for many years this beautiful rose was a firm favourite with exhibitors.

The branches are quite thick so needs to be attached firmly to a wall or structure.

The large green leaves are rather sparse, but this old favourite can grow almost twice as big as the average climber.

More sun, more flowers but this rose will also grow on a North wall and will cope with shade and poor soil.

Good disease resistance with a sweet fragrance.

Also known as 'Lemon Pillar'  & 'Mrs John Whicher'

National Rose Society Gold Medal.


Climbing Rose

1915.   10ft

Masses of bright scarlet double flowers in large sprays.

Only summer flowering over a fairly long period but an incredible show when in full bloom .

The blooms are borne so prolifically that in summertime beneath the massed effect of colour the leaves are almost obscured from view.

Does repeat flower occasionally.

Ample Mid green semi glossy foliage with average disease resistance.

Was once the top climbing rose for many years.

Very useful as it will also grow on a North wall and cope with shade and poorer soils.

If it has any drawbacks it is that it does get a bit of mildew in dry sites, so they should be avoided.

Light Honey Fragrance.

National Rose Society Gold Meadow.  1915

Bagatelle Gold Medal 1918

For further information , see ‘What Rose Where’ on our web site

Details of all our roses are available on our web site.

Over 1000 varieties to choose from.



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