Spring brings vibrancy to the garden. Shades of blue, yellow, red and pink dot the gardens, shop windows and florists. A member of the rose family, the flower rose produces different pink varieties, ranging from deep pink fushia to a hint of pink blush. Roses have a pretty interesting history.
I grew up in one of the 13 colonies and am interested in all things history. The history of the rose is very interesting. Found by archaeologists in fossils dating back to 1700 BC. Found in Minoan art, the pink rose is the oldest of the rose colors.
In ancient Jerusalem, pink roses were the only permitted flowers. This requirement was due to their petal arrangement, which represented a journey to perfection.
During the 15th century, the rose was used as a symbol for the various factions fighting in the War of the Roses. In the 1600s, roses were used as currency.
Colors are symbolic
There are many meanings associated with different rose colors such as: B. Pink means gratitude, white symbolizes chastity, peach indicates sympathy, lavender represents majesty. Let’s not forget the yellow rose of Texas, which means friendship.
To plant this perennial, the gardener needs to choose a spot with six hours of sunlight in well-drained soil. Roses can also be grown in pots with drainage holes.
When actually planting, you should wear gloves to protect your hands from the thorns. The hole that is dug for the rose bush must have enough space for the roots to spread. After digging the hole, make a small mound of earth in the center and add 80ml bone meal. This addition of phosphate nourishes the root system and helps it to become established.
When you set the rose bush in the hole, carefully drape the roots over the mound. Then slowly add soil around the shrub while keeping the shrub upright. When the area around the shrub is filled, lightly press down on the soil to provide stability for the shrub to stay upright. Then water it thoroughly at the base of the bush.
Two feet deep is the desired depth of the rose bush, whether in a pot or in the ground.
In a colder climate, roses need to be planted deeper to protect their roots.
As every gardener knows, plants need water to survive. Rose bushes require about an inch of water per week. However, be aware that the enemy of rose bushes is too much water. If the foliage gets too wet, the rose bush may develop black spots or powdery mildew.
When that pesky fine mildew appears on the leaves, use a solution of neem oil mixed with warm water and a teaspoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Shake the solution and spray directly all over the plant.
Roses are meant to be planted in the spring to allow the roots to take root before the colder air cools the soil. In the spring, a gardener must cut back a third of the previous year’s rose growth. Then prune lightly the rest of the growing season. Roses are dormant in winter.
Classifications of roses
There are varieties such as climbing roses with long arching sticks to climb a fence or trellis roses that have flowers in clusters are grandiflora and floribunda. Miniature rear roses, reaching only 15 to 30 inches in height, are a variety with more compact shapes.
As a gardener, I find roses to be a sturdy and colorful addition to my landscape, whether in a garden bed or in a pot. A rosebush is a lasting Mother’s Day gift and the pink rose symbolizes gratitude.
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