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Of all queens the most democratically elected is the queen of flowers.
EVERYBODY loves roses, and not for their beauty alone. Think of Strelitzias, think of Passionas and their spectacular architecture.
But to roses there is more than just looks.
They are repeat bloomers. Their smell is devine. Their medicinal properties were known in China 3000 years ago. The old Romans showered rose petals where we throw confetti today. We use roses in salads and for teas; as an essential oil for perfumes and rose water as food ingredient. And, of course, the rose carries our emotions to the loved one or the departed.
This queen is a tough trooper. With excellent winter hardiness, or love for the sun, there is a rose for every clime, from the arctic to the tropics.
Find some basic information about the history of roses at:
Much recommended: there is a compact informational guide at
It looks at roses from different angles and offers some really interesting information.
Fossils show that roses have been around for at least 35 million years. And the Chinese cultivated them in gardens already 5000 years ago.
In the 1800s cultivated roses came to Europe.
They never went out of fashion, but reached new heights under Napoleon's wife, the Empress Josephine. She grew a famous collection in the gardens of the Chateau de Malmaison.