Hey everyone, I'm Lori! On this site, I wanted to go into more detail about rose gardening, which is one of my biggest passions in life. The rose, which is also the official state flower of New York, can have many different meanings depending on its color and form, but my favorite meaning is "love." Despite coming in so many different colors and forms, the one thing that they all have in common is that any of them look absolutely perfect in any garden.
My love for rose gardening started at a very young age. My mother and I had a truly great relationship, and undoubtedly, her biggest hobby was gardening. While she planted plenty of flowers and vegetables in her garden, which she was so proud of, it was the flowers that I personally took the most interest in. They were beautiful, especially the roses. Not only was I so proud of our garden and how it looked, but I loved bringing it all to life with my mother. Since the unfortunate and untimely passing of my mother many years ago, I've embraced rose gardening as one of my biggest interests in life. Whenever I'm out trying to perfect our garden and add to it, our two golden retrievers, Finley and Tucker, love being out there with me, too! It's not just fun for me but for them, too.
One aspect of roses that attracted me to them specifically long ago is that there are so many different types of them. For example, my favorite type of rose is the Carolina, which comes in either white or pink, with various species of it throughout North America. It's native to the United States and Canada and is actually named after the Carolinas. They typically have seven to nine leaflets on them, and to me, they are one of the most beautiful flowers in general. They grow upright, and there are seven different species of them.
Another aspect of roses that I love is their history. Overall, there are around 150 different species of roses all throughout the world, and people began growing them in China more than 5,000 years ago! Back during this time, they were used for medicinal purposes or for perfume. Today, however, I just use them in my garden to make my yard look beautiful!
If you would like to learn more, there's plenty of great information out there. Here are some great additional resources on both rose gardening and roses:
- A History of Roses
- Rose Varieties and Care
- How to Grow Roses That Will Make You the Envy of Your Block
- The Culture of Garden Roses
- Rose Rosette Disease
- 19 Tricks to Growing Perfect Roses
- Rose Care and Fertilization
- An Information Table on Rose Diseases
- Our National Flower, the Rose
- The History of Roses
- Rose Care After Planting
- The Official Flower of New York State: The Rose
- State Trees and State Flowers
- Rose Pruning Tips
- Getting Your Shrub Roses Ready for Another Growing Season