Why roses are the most famous flower?

President Barack Obama took the unusual step of holding a formal event in the White House Rose Garden this week to announce three nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Roses are by far the most culturally significant flower in the West. Shakespeare wrote about the sweet smell of roses; we dream of sleeping in beds of roses; and we stop to smell the roses. Why are roses so much more famous than other flowers?

Because of their symbolic versatility. Roses have been so celebrated for so long — the Minoans grew and painted roses in the Bronze Age — that it’s difficult to pinpoint the source of their popularity. One possible explanation is that roses represent all things to all people. They represent virginity, and particularly the Virgin Mary. Medieval brides and grooms wore crowns of roses to represent their purity. In England, roses were laid on the graves of virgins. But roses also represent passion and romance: Lovers exchange roses as a prelude to intimacy. Roses symbolize suffering: Christian iconography uses the red rose as a symbol of Jesus Christ’s bodily suffering, as well as the blood of other saints such as Alban. Yet roses also symbolize the peace that awaits people in the next world. Old Christian texts describe paradise as strewn with roses.

Our ability to attribute so many meanings to a simple flower may come down to simple aesthetics. Writers from Sappho to Michael Pollan have waxed lyrical over the delicate blossoms. English writer Sarah Coles, commenting on the rose in a Renaissance painting, noted, “The symmetry of the rose’s circular pattern, enclosed yet expanding from the central boss through the ray of stamens to overlapping petals which reach outwards in waves which could embrace infinity, is a microcosm of the universe.”

Roses do not feature in the Bible, even though wild roses did grow in the ancient Near East. The few mentions of roses in the King James Bible, such as “the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose,” are probably mistranslations. (Some newer translations replace “rose” with the less poetic but more accurate “crocus.”) Early Christians did not favor the use of flowers, incense and statues in rituals. It wasn’t until half a century after Christ’s death that flowers came back into Western religious practice. At that time, there were competitors to the rose. In early medieval writings, lilies are mentioned almost as often as roses. It’s not clear why the popularity of the lily took a backseat to the surging rose.

Some cultures have myths explaining exactly how the rose earned its place at the top. According to a Persian poem, the lotus was the original queen of flowers, but it made the mistake of sleeping during the night. When the other flowers complained to Allah, he named the white rose queen. A Hindu legend has it that Vishnu had to convince Brahma of the rose’s superiority to the lotus. As a reward for changing his mind, Brahma created a bride for Vishnu out of hundreds of rose petals.

The rose’s rise to prominence at the White House isn’t quite so symbolically rich. During the 19th century, the building had a glass conservatory in which gardeners grew many different kinds of flowers, as well as fruit. (On the morning of his assassination, Abraham Lincoln picked lemons from the conservatory to give to visitors, but he confessed to having little interest in flowers.) When the conservatory was removed in 1902, Edith Roosevelt had a garden constructed. Amateur landscape architect Ellen Axson Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson, had the colonial garden converted to a dedicated rose garden in 1913.

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Local lavender farm takes root

Meet Thane and Peggy Bryenton and there’s a chance they might be wearing clothes that are violet or purple or perhaps even a shade of lavender.

“Purple is our uniform,” said Peggy Bryenton during a recent visit to her home and farm in southeast Thurston County.

Why all the purple? Take a peek at the farm.

The Bryentons run Evergreen Valley Lavender Farm, a 3.8-acre spread that not only doubles as their home, but also is home to 600 mostly English lavender plants, which they harvest throughout the lavender season.

But the farm also is open to visitors to see and purchase a variety of lavender products, or to just sit and admire the lavender blowing in the breeze for a little “me” time, as a brochure about the farm suggests.

They bought the former horse pasture property in 2006, built a barn-like agricultural building the following year and then got serious about lavender during a trip to Sequim, which is known for its lavender, with their daughter in 2008.

It was there that they became captivated by lavender’s scent and color, but also by its potential.

During their visit, Thane Bryenton was busy scratching away at some mosquito bites when one of the local lavender farmers suggested he dab them with a little essential lavender oil.

Soon, the desire to itch was gone, as were the welts, he said.

Hooked, the Bryentons began to study the plant, consulted other growers and then made the plunge, purchasing lavender from a location in Oregon because this particular variety was better suited to wetter weather in Olympia.

A farm was born.

Among the lavender products the farm sells are buds sold by the pound for potpourri, culinary buds for cooking, lavender sachets, lavender neck wraps, as well as soaps and lotions.

But Evergreen Valley also produces, through a steam-distillation process, an essential lavender oil, which, as Thane Bryenton discovered, can be used to treat an insect bite or minor burn or used in aromatherapy.

A secondary distillation product called hydrosol — a lavender-infused linen water — also is bottled and can be used for cleaning, or as an air freshener, or even as a sleep aid by spritzing a little lavender on your pillow at night.

Red Wind Casino, too, uses their lavender and incorporated it into a lemon lavender cheesecake which premiered at the 2014 Capital Food and Wine Festival, according to a Red Wind publication, The Breeze.

Up next for the Bryentons is to become a stop on the Thurston Bountiful Byway, a recently created route of stops through rural Thurston County to promote agritourism.

Roses in the colors of the national flag are hugely popular right now

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Roses with your National colors

Thanks to the World Cup in Brazil, roses sprayed in the colors of the national flag are hugely popular right now. “They’re shipped all over the world at the moment,”  says Marc Sassen from VIPRoses.

“We offer the Brazilian flag in green and yellow with a nice blue heart. The red, yellow and black for Belgium and Germany are doing very well and our own red-white-blue and orange truly pops. For florists this is a commercially interesting way to zero in on current events and still be able to offer something really special.

These are Avalanche+ roses, after all. Large flower head that always opens. Long stems with surprisingly few thorns. And an utterly glamorous personality.”

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Roses in Brasilian flag colors

Country Flag Roses by VIP Roses

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Dutch flag roses
Dutch flag roses

It’s a cheerful innovation: high quality roses with bling, airbrushed in national colors

Of course our own red-white-blue roses truly pop.


How to make Flag coloured roses

It’s a cheerful innovation: high quality roses with bling, airbrushed in national colors, or with a topping of satin, velvet or chocolate, by the rose artists Marc Sassen from Viproses.

It had taken years to perfectionate the painting technicque and develop new variations. Especially to do it well were it looks perfect but also maintains good vaselife.

VIProses is known for its fantastic flowers and extensive experience in growing Avalanche+ roses as spray roses and grow special exclusive roses like Ave Maria and Houdine.

 

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Country flag roses in different colours

Roses with Toppings

VIPRoses uses Dutch top roses of unprecedented quality, it’s excellent material for a new innovation of the rose artists: a special way of airbrushing that brings an extra festive touch to the roses.

It is not just simply painting roses blue “It’s great to be able to offer something original,”  says Marc Sasses of VIProses. “Roses with blue or pink sprinkles to celebrate a birth, glow-in-the-dark roses for a party or roses in the exact color scheme of a wedding – we can make it happen.”

“It is like walking into a icecream store and beeing able to choose all your favourite toppings but than on top of a rose”.

 

 

Is there nothing too mad for the Rose Artists?

“Not really,” says Sassen. “We can create roses with a satin finish, and also black and gold roses. A velvet topping is possible, just like a wax coating, pearls, glitter and even chocolate. The airbrush treatment has no negative effect whatsoever on the vase life of the roses. Under normal circumstances, they remain beautiful for up to fourteen days, just like all roses of this quality. The technique is great to create flowers for special occasions and offers the unique opportunity to really match your florals with the rest of the styling. And it’s a fantastic product with a happy vibe – try to look at these roses and not smile.”

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VIP roses is all ready for delivering flag colored roses… with a small preference for the dutch once
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VIP roses is all ready for delivering flag colored roses… with a small preference for the dutch once
Our beautiful roses are available through all Dutch flower exporters.
We do not export themselves, ask your supplier for Viproses. Wholesalers that are supplied by Dutch exporters sell our roses.

> Florists, ask your dealer for Vip roses.

> Wholesalers, ask your transport agents for Vip roses.

> Exporters can order our roses at Hoven en de Mooij.

These Care Tips For Different Types Of Gardens

Are you planning to start a landscape, plant, or flower garden? If so, consider the garden care involved. Some gardens are easy to maintain, while others are more complex and may even require hiring a service. Overall, outdoor gardening is very rewarding, with apparent outcomes: visual appeal or delicious and healthy organic veggies and herbs.

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Landscape Garden

Landscape gardens are gorgeous but they take a lot of work – just a few weeks of neglect, and the idyllic area can start to look wild again. Landscape garden care depends on the complexity of landscaping and plants that you plan to grow. A simple landscape garden can consist of a pond, lawn, and a few types of decorative grasses. A more complex design can include: varied perennials, shrubs, flowers, trees, vines, fountains, waterfalls, and complex decorations. Some grasses and plants are easier to maintain than others, so do your research and plan accordingly. If you are not sure where to start, I suggest reading “Gardening for Dummies” or turning to a professional for advice.

Herb and Vegetable Garden

The complexity of herb and vegetable garden maintenance depends on thetypes of plants you are planning to grow. It can be a lot of work or easy as pie. For example, garlic is very easy to grow: plant the cloves in the fall and dig up your garlic in the spring. Other herbs that are easy to grow include chives and cilantro.

Talking about veggies, potatoes are easy to grow, but insects can be a serious threat and digging up potatoes is quite laborious. Vegetables that are very easy to grow include: rhubarb, corn, carrots, and beans. Remember that every edible plant and vegetable has its own character, growing requirements, and time. For example, asparagus takes longer to grow, broccoli prefers cooler conditions, and bamboo is very aggressive and difficult to manage.

Flower Garden

A flower garden will not provide you with delicious fresh organics, but it’s a true pleasure for the eye and senses. The easiest garden flowers and perennials to grow include: poppies, tulips, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, daisies, foxgloves, garden mums, and garden phlox.

Seasonal Maintenance

Caring for any type of a garden is different in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Spring is the time to prepare seedbeds, rake, order seeds, sow and plant early species, protect seedbeds from birds, and harvest early crops. Spring is also the time for the first lawn mowing of the year. Summer is the time to dig out weeds and encourage the growth of plants by watering and using fertilizers. Autumn is the time to collect the crops, remove dead growth, aerate the soil, and later cover the lawn or garden with organic material for the winter. In most areas, winter months are a quiet time for gardens and lawns. All there is to do is watch for puddles and root out large weeds.

How To Begin Your First Flower Garden

Beginning your first flower garden can be a very rewarding and a leaning experience. With a few basic tips and a little simple planning, you can be on your to creating a natural environment that is relaxing and can enjoyed for years to come with your family and friends.

When planning a flower garden, and choosing a location, there is a little research that needs to be done. Gardens can be grown in many different growing conditions, poor soil or minimal sunlight. So don’t get discouraged if everything isn’t perfect where where you would like a garden. Soil can be amended, or improved, and there are a large varieties of plants that can can be grown from full sunlight to shaded areas.

Flower Garden

Soil is the most important part of any type of garden. It is the support system for plant life to grow strong and healthy. A good organic soil structure is one that will retain the moisture and nutrients that plants need to service, along with being a soil that drains well, remember that poor soil can be improved with organic matter.

When choosing an area for your garden, a flat ground surface is always the easiest to work on, but not always possible. A hillside is just a little more work and with a little creative imagination, they can be a very rewarding experience.

Beautiful Flower Garden

The size and the style of your garden are both very important decisions you will need to make before starting, or choosing plants. If this is your first garden start out small, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan ahead for expanding. Start out by planting the taller plants in the back or center of the garden and expand toward the front once you feel more comfortable gardening. One thing to keep in mind with a larger size garden is that you want to keep plants within reach, creating walks throughout the garden, along with keeping areas no wider than four feet so they can be reached from both sides will make the garden more manageable.

Flower gardening is a fun hobby that can be very rewarding, and an addictive one. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to growing your own personal flower gardens in your yard, patio, or even indoors. Container gardening is a great way to add to the decor of where you call home and even as a part of your edible landscape.

The Process Of Planting Tulips Can Be Also Easy

The process of planting tulips is not as daunting as many novice gardeners might think. Tulips are not the type of plants which require specialized attention or growth practices. Simple few things when done correctly can yield great results and the beauty that we want to see in them.

To get the best results when learning How to plant tulips, one should make sure that the bulbs comes from a healthy growing plant. This is the most critical first step in ensuring that the plant that will grow will be strong and will not suffer from plant diseases which might stunt its growth.

Tulips

To ensure that your tulip growing project will be successful, the site where they will be growing should be prepared and made to the best possible standard that will ensure that the plants will grow and remain healthy. The soil that they are planted in should have some moisture to guarantee that the tulips will not dry up or lack the means by which they can assimilate the nutrients from the soil into the plant roots and up to the leaves.

Planting Tulips

After planting them in a depth that is twice the length of the bulb, the top soil at the exact point where the bulb has been established should be loosened to facilitate the tulip’s emergence. This is another aspect of planting tulips that one should take into consideration since if the soil is compact, the tulips will fail to push their way out of the soil and this will cause them to rot inside the soil. The results of growth of the tulips will also depend on the spacing from one another and how many tulips have been placed in each hole. This will have a direct consequence on the nutrient level that will be available for them.

Growing tulips requires that you monitor its condition every step of the way. This will eventually show in the success that the tulips will have in the final stage of harvesting. The soil used for planting tulips should be well aerated and should also be on a gently sloping land to ensure that the tulips will always receive enough light from the sun to enable them to grow well and have all the qualities that the gardener desires. Tulips are very beautiful flowers and growing them yourself allows you to actually see what it takes to produce them.

Here Are 3 Factors You Need To Consider In Growing Container Roses

Are you thinking about growing roses in containers? It’s pretty simple actually but you need to consider the basic things that you need to do in order to grow container roses successfully. Here are the 3 factors you need to consider in growing container roses.

Container Roses

1. The size of your container – Remember that the amount of soil depends largely on the size of your container. Ideally, it should be more than 15 inches diameter. In growing season, your roses need enough moisture and nutrients and if your container is too small to hold these basic necessities for them to grow, you might not be able to grow container roses successfully.

2. Pick the Right Type of Roses – Back off hybrid tea and climbing roses! You are not included in the list, especially if you are living in a cold climate. If you are going to choose what rose plant you want to grow in a container, remember to pick the right type. Roses like Old Garden Rose, Grace, and Anne Boleyn are great choices for container roses. As an alternative, you can even use miniature roses, floribundas and polyanthus for your container rose planting.

3. Mix the soil the right way – you shouldn’t just put the soil in the container. There are several things that you need to do before mixing and placing the soil in your container. In most container roses, the bottom level of the container must contain about 1 inch deep of pebbles. This is to ensure that you have proper drainage and it avoids the soil from getting too compressed at the bottom. Next top the first level (pebbles) with the soil mix and while dong this press the soil down, then top it again until it is 2/3 the container’s size. Remember that the union bud must be completely covered with the soil.