Get to Know Roses

Roses are one of the most famous flowers in the world and are liked by almost every single person on this earth. How roses have been associated to the world and lives of people since very long is really interesting. There are some really astonishing and interesting facts and information related to the roses and their presence in the world. Let’s explore some:

  • According to the fossil evidence and carbonadoing the clue is that roses at least go back as far as 35 million years ago.
  • There are over 100 species of roses on the planet today. The majority of these species are native to the continent of Asia.
  • There are over 15,000 different types of rose species throughout the world.
  • Shakespeare referred to roses over fifty times in his works.
  • The term “rose” has French, Latin and, Greek origins.
  • The fruit of the rose plant is a berry-like structure called a rose-hip.
  • Do you know that rose hips have more vitamin C in them than any other fruit or vegetable?
  • Mythology says that roses grew thorns when Cupid accidentally shot an arrow into a rose garden.
  • A true blue colored rose does not exists and is considered the “holy grail” amongst rose breeders.
  • Roses have also been used in herbal and folk medicine. Some species are used to treat stomach discomfort and are being investigated for being able to control or limit cancer growth.
  • The crew that was with Columbus picked a rose branch out of the ocean on October 11 of 1942. This was a signal that land must be nearby. And amazingly the very next day America was discovered.
  • The oldest rose in the world is over one thousand years old. It can be found growing on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral, which is located in Germany.
  • The largest rose ever bred was a pink rose measuring approximately 33 inches in diameter.
  • California is cited as growing about 60 percent of the America’s reserve of roses within a green house setting.
  • The beautiful rose is the national flower of the United States.
  • The rose family also includes pears, apples, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, and almonds.
  • Roses are valued for their romantic symbolism but their blooms are also edible. It has the flavors of green apples and strawberries.

Drying Peony Flowers

drying peony flowers1 150x150 Drying Peony FlowersPeonies are the beautiful flowers that are 6 to 8 inches wide and are found in red, pink or white colors. Peony are beautiful flowers to grow in gardens and equally beautiful to place indoors. You can dry these beautiful flowers up to save them for longer period of time. There is one common method to dry flowers and that is air drying while here I’ll provide you with the same to dry your peony flowers so you may secure the beautiful flowers that you got from a loved one in gift too.

1.    Cut your peony flowers only in mid morning before the late morning sun make the flowers open up fully. The blooms best for drying are the ones that are not fully opened. Peony flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowers

2.    Cut the stems about six inch long and remove all the leaves off the stalk. Take 4 to 6 flowers in bunch and tie them with a rubber band at the bottom of the stems.

3.    Now hang your flowers upside down in a cool dark room. This can be a place like basement or a closet. The process of drying will take one to two weeks. You will need to loop a piece of twine in rubber band and hang it on a nail or hanger.

4.    Check your flowers after a week about drying. The drying period depends Dry peony Flowers2 150x150 Drying Peony Flowerson weather too as in winters because atmosphere is drier so flowers dry quickly while in summers as it’s more humid so it takes time in the drying process.

5.    Now carefully remove the flowers off the hanger or nail and carefully cut the rubber band.

6.    Now your dry flowers are ready to add beauty to your home for long period of time. Either put them in a vase or tie them up to form a bunch to keep over a shelf.

Lilac

lilac 300x235 Lilacwhite lilac 285x300 LilacLilac is a spring bloom which has European and Asian regions origins. This is an uncommon flower and is esteemed for its delicate blossoms and special aroma. Lilacs are representatives of the olive, family. Lilacs are famous shrubs grown in cottage gardens of England. The cut flower is much showier than the shrub with long branches where flowers borne.  The 1st cultivations of Lilacs in Europe is said to be took place in the middle of the 20th century, and the most of species developed till now are being sold till today. Flowers are exceptionally aromatic and attractive for bees, butterflies and birds.  It is believed that in the late seventeenth century fur traders have grown Lilac bushes on Macanac Island and till now people enjoy these lovely bushes.

Lilacs are available in different colors like purple, white, mauve, violet and pink. White, mauve, violet and pink lilacs are available from October till May very easily. The lilacs in purple shade are special because they are recognized for their much stronger smell than other lilacs and it grows only in spring for very short time, like about no more than six weeks. The cut flower does not have a longer vase life as they may live up to 3 to 7 days depending over the care with which these flowers are kept.

In the language of flowers, purple lilacs symbolize the first emotions of love, while white lilacs represent youthful innocence. Lilacs are also called the 8th wedding anniversary flowers and lilacs are often considered as herald of spring, with the time of their bloom indicating whether spring will be early or late.

Amazingly there are over 1,000 varieties of Lilacs. They come in several colors, with the most popular being the color lilac and purple. White and pink lilacs are also well-liked. Lilacs also vary widely in size from the small 4 to 8 feet to types those growing up to 30 feet.

Growing & Caring Roses

Caring Roses 300x200 Growing & Caring RosesCaring Roses Growing & Caring RosesRoses are one of the most common and desired plants to be grown by all people who like growing flowers. People like a lot to decorate their gardens with the beauty of roses in various colors and with the greatest fragrance on earth. Here are some tips for rose growers, so that they may see their rose plants flourishing and all bloomed up.

•    First thing first, to make your rose plant grow well you need to have a fertile soil. So when planning to cultivate rose you need to be sure to make you soil rich, for this mix compost or other organic materials in order to provide all nutrition required by the plant to grow well.

•    When you water your roses plants, keep one thing in mind that water comprehensively and let it dry don’t adopt the light and frequent watering technique. Always avoid water on leaves as this can increase the fungal disease chances. If you doubt for some water fell on leaves than you better try to water in day time so it can evaporate easily.

•    Proper air circulation is really necessary for the blooms to grow well, so always consider the space available for plant to grow. There should be enough space on all sides so that plant when grows do not face problem of air circulation.

•    For first year there is just a little application of fertilizers required because Growing Caring Roses 300x224 Growing & Caring Rosesat this time the target is to let the plant grow to its fullest. From next year on put in fertilizer regularly in blooming season so you can get better flowering. It is important that you water your rose plant a day before fertilizing because fertilizer may cause dry roots to burn out.

•    Trimming rose plants is not necessary but if you do so it is advised that you do it with great care not harming the growth of plant or from places where the leaves or buds are growing. One thing to keep in consideration is that don’t prune your plant at the end of growing season in order to leave your plant undisturbed as the climatic changes already occurring.

•    Sun light is very important for proper growing of rose plants, at least six to seven hours a day so position your plant in a way that it gets the required sunlight. Keeping the plant on east side of home and under some taller thing to get shade too is better because the light it requires can be achieved in first 5 to 6 hours of the day when heat in it is not too much.

•    As roses are short rooted plants so you don’t need very large spaces to plant roses at your place, all you need to consider is that just estimate how much space the plant will take once fully grown. This is to be considered because of required air circulation else rose plants don’t take much space.

Well, this is all for now, happy gifting and happy gardening of Roses….