Beautiful rose-inspired products to brighten up your home by guest blogger Flowerona
Hello…I hope you enjoyed my last guest blog post about narcissi and pinks being grown in the Scilly Isles.
If you’re familiar with my blog, Flowerona, you’ll know that I’m passionate about all things floral.
This month, I’m showcasing a selection of wonderful Laura Ashley products which have been inspired by one of my favourite flowers…the rose. But first, a little bit about this beautiful bloom.
Roses are the most popular cut flowers in the world…and it really is no surprise when you consider how many amazing different varieties there are. With colours ranging from pink, white, red and yellow to lilac, magenta, apricot and orange. They are one of those flowers that you’ll find all year round in your local florist shop, garden centre or supermarket. And they all have names…
Display from a florist in London which specialises in roses, La Maison des Roses.
For example, some popular white roses are Avalanche, Akito and Bianca. Aqua, Deep Water and La Belle are widely available pink roses. And red roses include Grand Prix, Black Baccara and Red Naomi.
As for the vintage roses which are very on trend at the moment, there’s Memory Lane, Sterling Silver and Old Dutch.
The UK floristry industry receives roses from Holland, with larger headed blooms coming from Ecuador and Colombia. And there are also UK growers of scented garden roses, such as The Real Flower Company and Country Roses.
As well as being the national symbol of England, in the language of flowers, the rose represents love. Hence it being a popular flower to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day.
Each different colour has a meaning too. For example:
- Red rose – true love and respect
- White rose – eternal love and purity
- Pink rose – happiness and grace
- Orange rose – desire and appreciation
- Yellow rose – intimate friendship and solidarity
Roses are also a firm favourite amongst the gardening fraternity, be it standard, climbing, rambling, floribunda or shrub…
And did you know that there’s a rose called Laura Ashley? It’s a pretty groundcover rose with large clusters of magenta-pink to lilac flowers with pale yellow centres.
Rose at Kew Gardens
Laura Ashley have a lovely range of rose-inspired products for this season, enabling you to bring a floral touch into your home…from wallpaper and paint to bed linen and even tea!
Clockwise from top left: Roses Cassis Floral Wallpaper, Rose Garland Lights, Water Based Paint: Rose, Couture Rose Cotton Bedlinen, Water Based Paint: Old Rose, Couture Rose Facecloth & Couture Printed Towels, English Rose Loose Tea Infuser, Rose Print Silk Scarf
And if you’d like to see some amazing displays of roses this summer, why not visit one of these gardens?
- The Rose Garden at The Savill Garden, Surrey
- Bowes Lyon Garden at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey
- Kew Gardens, Surrey
- The Rose Garden at Helmingham Hall
- The Rose Labyrinth at Coughton Court, Warwickshire
- National Trust Properties such as Sissinghurst Castle, Kent and Mottisfont, Hampshire
All this writing about roses has reminded me of when as a child I used to attempt to make rose water with my mum’s garden roses. On the bathroom window sill, I used to place the petals in water, hoping for miracles. Needless to say, mum ended up getting rid of them when they’d turned a very delicate shade of brown…
If you’d like to learn how to make rose water properly, here’s a link to a video with a step-by-step demonstration by gardener Laetitia Maklouf.
In the meantime, do let me know if you have a favourite rose story…or if you’ve tried to make rose water, by commenting below…
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)