Know Your Roses

Six things you didn't know about roses

Roses are one of the most loved and recognised flowers in the world. And for good reason. For years, roses have formed part of women's beauty regimes wherever they're grown across the world. From offering their unique fragrance to a perfume to temporarily colouring the lip and cheeks, extracts of rose blossoms are famed for intensley hydrating properties and instilling skin with a dewy glow.

To celebrate the release of our British Rose bath and body collection we've rounded up some facts about this beautiful flower you might find interesting.

Fact 1.

The famous cleopatra of Egypt was belived to have covered the floor of her palace with roses before Mark Antony visited her.

Fact 2.

Traditionally England is signified by the rose. It is the country's national flower.

Fact 3.

In the middle ages it was customary for the wealthy to put rose petals and rose oil in their baths.

Fact 4.

At first, rose oil was added to medicine to mask their bitter taste. It was only afterwards that the medicinal virtues of rose oil were discovered.

Fact 5.

150 million rose plants are purchased by gardeners worldwide each year.

Fact 6.

The largest rose ever bred was a pink rose measuring approximately 33 inches in diameter It was bred by Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski from San Onofre California.

Four Tips for Growing your own roses

Tip 1.

Picking the perfect rose is a compromise between vigor, pest and disease resistance, colour, fragrance, number of blooms and frequency of blooming.

Tip 2.

Remember that roses don't like extremes of alkalinity and acidit, so natural or slightly acidic soil is perfect.

Tip 3.

Roses are sunbathers, preferring a minimum of five or six hours of sun. While they won't turn up their toes straight away, a sun-starved rose is more susceptible to disease and won't thrive.

Tip 4.

Roses are greedy, hungry plants. The more you feed them, the more they'll reward you with blossom. If you're planting them in the ground, incorporate plenty of organic matter in to the soil and top them up regularly with rose food, rich garden compost and even mushroom compost or chicken manure.

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