June is a rose month and the roses are celebrated and blooming everywhere. This year, it seems everything is ahead of schedule. Plenty of rain has enhanced the growth and the bloom production.
Why have we become so enamored by this flower?
The rose has been revered for millions of years as a symbol of love and beauty and has been an inspiration to poets and artists. Empress Josephine (1763-1814), wife of Napoleon Bonaparte was so enamored by them, she commissioned Pierre Redoute to paint them from her garden at Malmaison in France and immortalized in his book ‘Les Roses’ (1817-1824). Throughout the centuries, artists have chosen the Rose, the Queen of Flowers, as the subject of their art. Artists uses roses in their painting either as a single specimen, in a bouquet of flowers or in the landscape.
In the early days of Christianity, the rose fell out of favor because of its association with pagan rituals but later on became the symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the “Mystical rose”. The Christian mystics referred to the five petals of the red rose with the five wounds of Christ. Later beautiful stained glass rose windows adorned the great cathedrals of Europe.
Botanical gardens and rose societies around the country are having all kinds of rose events in June. There are lecture series, garden tours and rose shows everywhere. Nurseries and garden centers are having rose sales in June as well.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not difficult to grow Roses. It all depends on what kind of roses you want to grow. Roses have been around for millions of years, some in cemeteries with no care whatsoever. All they need are food, water and sunlight. Just like you and me.
Here at Rose Gardening World, we’ll educate you about the Rose - our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states. Welcome to the Rose Gardening World where Rose Gardening Tips, Rose Growing Advice, Planting a Rose Garden, Rose Descriptions, Where to Buy Roses, Where to see Rose Gardens, Rose Culture, Rose History, Rose Events, Rose Verses are all here in one place.
We are constantly updating our contents so visit Rose Gardening World often. We want to help you grow Beautiful Roses and we welcome comments. Take time and smell the roses. Happy Rose Gardening!
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