Roses

Roses are red, violets are blue….  This traditional rhyme can end many different ways, but it’s one of the sayings about flowers that everyone knows.  The rose is a flower with one of the highest profiles.  Nearly everyone can identify it and knows that it usually stands for love.  The rose is grown as a decorative flower all around the world and has been popular for centuries.

The first known civilizations to cultivate the rose were China, Persia, and several Mediterranean countries.  Records show that these cultures grew roses as far back as 500 BC.  In addition to growing roses, they started creating hybrids, leading to the many different colored roses we have today. 

Roses were the favorite flower of Empress Josephine of France.  She had huge rose gardens planted at her home in Malmaison, and it’s still possible to visit these gardens today.  Another famous rose garden built during the 19th century was at Abney Park Cemetery in England.  Over a thousand different species and varieties can be found there! 

But roses have appeared in more places than just in the gardens.  Perfume makers have long been obsessed with that perfect smell you get from a rose, and many rose-scented perfumes have been made over the years.  These perfumes are made from rose oil, which is created by steam distilling crushed rose petals.  The method of creating rose oil was discovered in Persia and soon spread throughout the world.

The rose is also the subject of many works of art.  Several famous artists, including Monet, Renoir, and Cezanne, have painted the rose.

These are just a few little bits of trivia about the Rose, one of the most popular flowers.  Of course, it has long been a symbol of romantic love, so next time you want to tell your significant other how much you care, send some roses.  Then wow your partner with a few of these facts!

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