Roses are Everybody's Flower


August 17, 2023

Courtesy of Linda Heath

Above: Shrub rose still blooming in August.

Roses seem to be a favorite flower for everybody, even those who don't grow them. They come in every color under the rainbow plus a few others. They're large. They're small. Some have double blooms and some are single. Most smell sweet but some have almost no scent at all. Most have thorns but not all. But whatever the characteristic, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

The history of roses is about as long as the history of the world. One of the first accounts of roses comes from ancient Egypt although they have been traced back to 2,00...

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