Roses Are Red…….
For many centuries the red rose has been a symbolic gesture of love.
A forerunner of the short four liner poem we quote so readily today in Valentine messages was published in 1784 in Gammer Gurton’s Garland as:-
The rose is red
The violet’s blue
The honey’s sweet
And so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine
Such wonderfully romantic words that even today can make a girls heart leap, whatever her age, upon seeing them written in a St Valentine’s Day card. But, why is the rose so intrinsically connected to love, and especially the red rose?
Since ancient times, red roses have been used to convey devotion and respect.Cleopatra, ruler of Egypt from 51 BC- 30 BC, was said to have strewn rose petals over the floor of her boudoir to entice her lover, Mark Antony.
In Greek and Roman mythology, one such legend is that whilst Aphrodite, Goddess of Love and Beauty, was running to her lover, Adonis, she pricked her foot on the thorns of a white rose. Her blood turned the roses red and came to symbolise passion and romance. (Pictured
Much later in the Victorian era, flowers were given their own meanings and the symbol of each flower became used when sending messages between the upper classes.The red rose symbolised true love but in those days etiquette meant that such things were conveyed in a more delicate way than perhaps they are today, but even in the 21st century of the computer savvy and technological world that we live in, the red rose endures and its symbolism remains as strong as ever.
If you have roses in your garden it is the ideal time to be giving them a prune ready for summer so here are some tips for you on pruning different types of roses-
- Floribunda roses and Modern roses (cluster- flowered) can generally cut back to above an outward facing bud and may just require an annual reshape and tidy.
- Hybrid tea roses (single large flowers) can be cut back to around 9” from the ground if they need rejuvenating or are old.
- Climbing roses can be cut back if desired to 3 or 4 buds every year on the stems that have flowered. They can then be kept at the height you wish them to grow.
- Rambler roses benefit from having approximately a third of the old growth cutting back to ground level. Train the new shoots coming up from the base by tying them to supports. I train mine horizontally too, to make them bushy.
We now offer a select range of patio roses and patio climbing roses so click here to view the beautiful colours we have available.
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You can order an online gift voucher for your favourite ‘Valentine’ gardener and they can choose their own roses or plants from our glorious selections.
Happy St Valentine’s Day!