When flower talk crops up, fresh roses delivered to the doorstep might spring to mind. For a birthday, perhaps. An anniversary, or a heartwarming gesture of you’re-great-and-a-good-friend kind of thing. Maybe for no other reason then just because? I like the idea of that the best.
Seeing as us Brits love roses, it’s only natural to dwell on them. So let’s uncover more about our favourite flower and my favourite Rose.
Who better to soundtrack our floral discovery of the roses than Seal himself?
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Pretty popular, patriotic and prehistoric
The rose has long been recognised as the flower of Britain. A recent poll confirmed this well-loved floral beauty to be the nation’s clear winner .
Despite the rose’s historical presence here in the UK (think back to the War of the Roses), the rose isn’t so British in origin. Cultivation is said to have begun in China about 5,000 years ago. And, thanks to its all-round brilliance and stunning dried petals, the Romans brought the rose over to Europe.
You’re a lot older than you look
Rose respect levels are bound to rocket when you discover that, according to fossil evidence in Asia, the rose is 70 million years old. More fossils have since been discovered in north-west America dating back 32 million years.
Wow, age really is just a number.
Maybe cavemen employed our adored flower as a token of love and affection too.
An unrequited love that arose at sea
Anyone who tells you they don’t like that rose-related Celine Dion song is kidding themselves. It’s time for heartstrings to be pulled and water works to begin because Titanic is always top of the list if you need a good blub. (Crying is actually good for you. It relieves stress and produces mood-regulating manganese that helps to re-balance your body post sob.)
For the gazillionth time then, bring on that feeling of gloriously fuzzy love stuff.
Rose, the rose of all Roses. It wasn’t until recently that I even knew her second name. I see her like Madonna or Beyonce – no surname needed to know exactly who you’re referring to. But she’s fictionally officially Rose DeWitt Bukater. That’s a mouthful and some niche general knowledge right there. Pub quiz, anyone?
I suppose it’s due to James Cameron’s 1998 masterpiece that I automatically think all people called Rose will look and act like the fabulously British Rose DeWitt Bukater, red hair and all. She’s a walking talking classic symbol of the English red rose.
Just like the ones we’re popping in our boxes. Funny that.
Not just fresh roses delivered
Sorry, no Rose DeWitt Bukater in the box this time.
But there are plenty of red and autumnal coloured roses to make up for that. Along with a couple other favourites:
I prefer to call it solid-yay-go because the flowers are like sparklers. And sparklers are exciting and bright and make you think of all the upcoming festive activities.
You can’t help but go ‘yay’.
What arrangement would be complete without some glorious smelling eucalyptus? Well, our Irish pal, James, has provided us with eucalyptus parvifolia to add to the mix.
The abundance of little leaves compliments the solidago in adding texture and a festive scent to fill your whole house! Want to have a look at what you’ll get and how it’s arranged?
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