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'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. When William Shakespeare wrote these immortal words in Romeo and Juliet, he suggested that all roses were the same (in respect of their sweet smell, at least). Indeed, in Shakespeare's day, perhaps most roses were the same, or similar. But he wasn't to know that over 400 years of selection and breeding of roses by horticulturalists would result in a stunning explosion of roses in many colours, shapes and scents. But in the pursuit of beauty, insect visitors of roses have been largely forgotten. Many varieties of rose are now off-limits for bumblebees and other insects, but why?

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'What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet'. When William Shakespeare wrote these immortal words in Romeo and Juliet, he suggested that all roses were the same (in respect of their sweet smell, at least). Indeed, in Shakespeare's day, perhaps most roses were the same, or similar. But he wasn't to know that over 400 years of selection and breeding of roses by horticulturalists would result in a stunning explosion of roses in many colours, shapes and scents. But in the pursuit of beauty, insect visitors of roses have been largely forgotten. Many varieties of rose are now off-limits for bumblebees and other insects, but why?

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A Rose For Heather
(Climbing Rose)

Alberic Barbier
(Rambling Rose)

Angel Eyes
(Floribunda Rose)

Avon
(Ground Cover Rose)

Ballerina
(Shrub Rose)

Best Friends Forever
(Floribunda Rose)

Blue Eyes
(Floribunda Rose)

Blue for You
(Floribunda Rose)

Bright Eyes
(Shrub Rose)

Canary Bird
(Shrub Rose)

Celebration Time
(Floribunda Rose)

Checkmate
(Climbing Rose)

Coral Seas
(Patio Climbing Rose)

Etoile de Hollande
(Climbing Rose)

Eye Of The Tiger
(Floribunda Rose)

Eyes for You
(Floribunda Rose)

Flower Carpet Amber
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet Pink
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet Red Velvet
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet Ruby
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet Sunset
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet Sunshine
(Ground Cover Rose)

Flower Carpet White
(Ground Cover Rose)

For Your Eyes Only
(Floribunda Rose)



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