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Roses are grown and loved the world over by professional landscape architects, as well as amateur gardners.

Roses date back to forty million years.
The ancient roses that we still find today have simple flowers with single petals and very many thorns.

Roses are divided into two categories. old roses and new or modern roses.

The old roses bloom once a year, and tend to be very fragrant.
A thousand years ago the Chinese painted their silks with old rose designs.
The Romans used rose petals to carpet their floors.
Persians grew roses for decoration, and the Muslims cherished the yellow rose, which was unknown in Europe until the 10th Century.

At the end of the 18th Century four roses were introduced into Europe from China. Modern roses were cultivated after 1867.

In the 19th Century, the Empress Josephine established her famous rose garden in France, at Malmaison. She cross bread her roses,
and cross breeding of roses became an art the world over.
Most modern roses bloom all summer and many are much hardier than the old roses.

Roses today come in many colors: Pink, white, orange, yellow, blue and the unrivalled seduction of the red ,red rose.

There are miniature roses, hybrid tea roses, grandifloras, floribundas, climbers, ramblers, bushes and tree roses.

I will post a few pictures in the next few replies.


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The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream- white rosebud
With a flush upon its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.

~John Boyle O'Reilly


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Thank you dear Inda, this is a magnificent thread .... I am familiar with roses since the moment I was born .... because my hometown in Switzerland, Rapperswil at the lake of Zurich, is called "Rosenstadt" ... city of roses and in its coat of arms it has two red roses. There are some beautiful gardens of roses ....

Love, Margherita

On a dolphin’s back
I ride my ocean of tears
she giggles me through

senryu by Margherita

I'm lost in your white softness
in your embrace of velvety pureness
I inhale your sweet fragrance
and I am born anew into Life
sharing your divine breath.

Just came across this image and could not resist sharing it with you all.
Love, Margherita Smile

On a dolphin’s back
I ride my ocean of tears
she giggles me through

senryu by Margherita
Thank you Margherita and Barbara.

The dewdrops on the petals of that delicate, pink rose fill my heart with infinite beauty.


That which God said to the rose,
and caused it to laugh in full-blown beauty,
He said to my heart,
and made it a hundred times more beautiful.

Love, Inda


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