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A Dozen Facts about Roses

A Dozen Facts about Roses

We deal with all sort of flowers, but it's pretty hard to argue against the fact that there's not much nicer than an English Rose, they are just perfect for any arrangement and are grown in hundreds of different colours and although in the winter months we have to get our Roses off a lovely lorry from Holland - they are lovely all the same! Here are a dozen flowery facts about the nations' favourite flower;
  1. Red Roses symbolise Love and Affection, Yellow Roses symbolise Friendship and Optimism and Black Roses symbolise rebirth and the beginning of something new!
  2. It's estimates that in the UK over 55 Million Roses are sent each year to arrive on Valentine's Day.
  3. The largest Rose ever grown measured approximately 33 inches in diameter. It was a Pink Rose, bred by Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski from California, US.
  4. Throughout history, there are lots of examples of Roses being used as lavish decor. Allegedly Cleopatra once received her beloved Marc Antony in a full of rose petals up to her knees.
  5. The most expensive Rose took 15 year to grow and costs over 3.5 Million pounds - the variety was christened Juliet by it's grower, David Austin.
  6. According to BBC Gardener's World the Rose is the UK's favourite garden plant as well as the UK's most hated garden plant.
  7. On Spotify there are over 4500 songs with Rose in the title. The most popular ones include 'Kiss from a Rose', 'Every Rose has it's Thorn' and 'English Rose'.
  8. Mozart, Handel, Princess Diana and George Washington all have varieties of Rose named after them.
  9. Cadbury's Roses are so called after the English packaging equipment company "Rose Brothers" that manufactured the machines that wrapped the chocolates
  10. The Latin phrase sub rosa means "under the rose" and was a common Roman phrase which meant secrecy.
  11. In India, Rooh Afza, a concentrated squash made with roses, is popular, as are rose-flavoured frozen desserts
  12. Rosa canina, the dog rose, is Britain’s most widespread wild rose. The regional names for for Dog Rose include ‘Hedgy-Pedgies’, ‘Dg-jobs’ and ‘Nippernails’
Roses feature heavily in our 2018 Valentine's Collection - order now for delivery on or just before Wednesday 14th February! https://www.greatbritishflorist.co.uk/valentines-day.html