Monday, April 4, 2011

History of Roses

When I look at this beautiful rose blooming in my backyard I think of the rich history behind it.  A 35 million  old fossilized rose was discovered in Europe and petrified rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs.  Roses have inspired artists through the centuries.  Roses appear in paintings as far back as 2000 B.C.  For the design of paintings and carpets roses were very important in Persia.  The early Christians saw the five wounds of Christ in the five petals.  The red rose was declared a symbol of the blood of Christian Martyrs.

The Queen Elizabeth Rose blooming in my backyard was invented in 1954.  It is part of the Grandifloraclass because it is a cross between hybrid and floribandes.

Miniature roses came into its own in Europe in the 1800's with the repeated blooming roses from China.

I love to watch them bloom by my fountain of joy.  The tiny petals repeat with varied colors of pink.
David Austin crossed modern roses with the old ones in 1940.   His desire was to combine the fragrance and durability of old roses with the color range of repeating bloomers of modern roses.  He accomplished his goal and started his own nursery to sell them.  No one else would buy them.  But after a while his reputation spread through out the country and rose mania began.  All variety of roses were blooming in the freshly planted suburb of the 50's.

The Knockout Roses blooming under my sturdy Oak Tree are a tribute to his wonderful discovery of combining the old with the new.

Roses are found in different countries all over the world.  They unite us as God's gift to the world.  God shows how much he loves us through every unique blossom.  Every time I discover a new bud I am thankful for His faithfulness to us.

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