10 Interesting Facts About Roses To Blow Your Mind. #3 Makes Me Want To Grow Some Of My Own.
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
These words, spoken by Juliet in Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet', allude to the symbolic nature of the rose - beautiful, sweet-smelling, enigmatic, and romanticized throughout the ages. A beloved's smile, a friend's hug, an official token or a kind touch, everything seems to become complete and fulfilled through a bunch of roses. Also used worldwide as an ingredient of rich perfumes, this beautiful flower has been a timeless inspiration for artists, poets or song composers. Let's discuss some of the most exciting facts about roses that will make you experience the unfathomable beauty of these flowers in an innovative way.
If you love the wonderful majesty of roses, you might also be interested in reading about the some of the other beautiful flowers of the world.
10 Rose Fossils Have Been Discovered Dating Back 35 Million Years
We've heard of animals fossils dating back millions of years, but Paleontologists have also discovered thousands of plant fossils from bygone eras, and rose fossils are possibly some of the most interesting of all. The world's first rose fossil was discovered in Florissant, Colorado, in the form of an imprint over a slate deposit. The fossils are currently being kept in the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
9 Black Roses Are An Illusion Of The Mind, And Don't Exist
Truly black roses do not exist, although there are a few species of roses that come close. The Turkish Halfeti rose, also known as "The Black Rose of Turkey", is an extremely rare breed that appears pitch-black to the eye, but in fact is a dark reddish-crimson color. Seeing these beautiful black roses in bloom is a unique and rare experience, so if you're ever in Turkey during the summer months, be sure to check them out.
8 Juliet, The Most Expensive Rose
Introduced to the world in 2006 by famed rose breeder David Austin, the Juliet rose took 15 years and £3 million (about $5 million) to breed. The rose is apricot-colored, and is said to have a very light, sensual fragrance. The rose blooms, when opened, reveal a neat array of petals nestling within the folds in the center of the bloom - a sensational sight to behold!
7 2009 Marks The Arrival Of The First Blue Rose By Suntory Flowers Limited, Tokyo
Prior to November 2009 blue roses did not exist, although they were highly sought after. To fill demand florists would dye the white varieties and sell them in a blue garb to supply the blue roses to market - until Suntory announced their new breed of blue rose, named APPLAUSE. The roses contain nearly 100% blue pigment in their petals, and are truly a sight to behold. In 2011 Suntory announced that they would begin selling their blue roses in North America.
6 In The World Of Roses, Sometimes Size Does Matter
Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski, a California based rose grower and hybridizer, is said to have bred the largest rose bloom in the world. He showed off his massive creation at the local rose show - a pink rose with a 33 inch (84 cm) diameter, whose stem reached out to about 6 feet (1.8m). Apparently the rose had to be placed on the floor as it was too large for the display table.