If you need proof that the rose has a seriously large fan club, I think I have it. Just before Christmas, I spoke at the World Federation of Rose Societies conference in New Zealand. This in an organisation made up of 39 nations from around the globe. With 100,000 paid up members, this represents the official tip of the iceberg. And I know, not just because we were there, looking at and smelling roses for several days straight alongside everyone else, but because I’ve been in the rose business for a long time now. Bliss.
That week reminded me why the rose is and stays the Queen of Flowers. Sheryl and I feasted our senses to overload with astonishingly beautiful roses, grown to be at their peak for this illustrious and very appreciative audience. From public to private gardens, trial gardens and the international rose show itself, there were roses everywhere and at some point in the midst of a perfumed fog I remembered something important about roses.
They are gorgeous but many of them can be tricky to grow. Which is bad news until you get your skills up to speed. But until you do – or if you never do – don’t worry because there are easy care options like (I have to say it) our Flower Carpet ground cover roses. (Yes, I did drift around the conference listening to the talk of pruning and spraying techniques with a little smile. After all, Sheryl and I did pin our business hopes on promoting non-fussy roses – no spraying or fancy pruning – and it has paid off.)
But before I start wallowing in smugness, I’ll return to my main message: I think the rose is the best flower. I also love that so many others agree with me and work to produce lovely roses for everyone to enjoy. But most of all I’m trying to alert new rose fans to the fact that there are easy-to-grow rose options out there which are really worth exploring. And now, here are some of my rose snaps to oooh and ahhh over. (You can join in with me if you like…)
These pink beauties (above and below) seriously impressed the conference goers.
The very lovely White Romance above, and (below), a New Zealand bee at work on Flower Carpet Red.