A rose is a rose is a rose, or is it? I had a little conversation today about roses. We chatted a bit about the differences between long stem roses and what are typically called garden roses.
The typical long stem roses that you see in grocery store bouquets, and in mass at Costco, are bred to be sturdy and shippable. When they're shipped they're dry packed, tucked in boxes, put on planes or on ships. They wait in harbors and airports, finish their trips halfway across the world on trucks that take them to their final destinations. Often as they come into the country they have to be fumigated, to make sure there's no little creepy crawlies coming in with the flowers. They've got to be really tough to be out of water so long and withstand the riggers of travel. Romantic, right?
And then there's garden roses. This rose, Bolero, was bred for its shape and form, for fragrance, and for over all health of the plant. Healthy plants make for less chemicals, and full shapes and lovely fragrances make for beautiful blossoms. This rose makes me happy, every time I see it blooming in my garden. I save these beauties for special occasions and bridal bouquets. Garden roses are what roses are meant to be, beautiful, romantic, and fragrant. #gardenrose - 3 hours ago