R is for Rose

The Rose is the national flower of England. And anyone living here will know that the House of Lancaster has a red rose as its symbol whereas the House of York has the white rose. So never buy a Yorkshire lass a bunch of red roses!

There are over 100 species. They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds. My favourites are the Old English or Gallica varieties which have the old-fashioned scents of rose, musk, citrus, clove and honey.

I posted a whole month of roses last year, during July so I thought that I would experiment with a few artistic effects today just to shake things up a bit. If you want to see photographs of roses in their natural form then please click on the rose/rosa category above.


(Latin for “many-flowering”) Smaller flowers, but many of them and they will flower in clusters.


Hybrid Tea:

Hybrid teas generally produce only one blossom at the end of the stem, rather than clusters of flowers.

rose copy


Shrub roses take the best of the hardiest rose species, and combine those traits with modern repeat blooming and diverse flower forms, colours and fragrances. Some shrub roses may grow tall, with vigorous, far-reaching canes; others stay compact

nur mahal
Nur Mahal


The best roses for growing in containers are the patio and miniature types, which can be grown in fairly small but deep pots

Patio Rose - Stardust
Patio Rose – Stardust

Old English:

English Roses are renowned for the strength and diversity of their fragrances.

Graham Thomas
Graham Thomas


form a most useful group of plants, the stronger growing varieties are often seen covering walls, fences, arches and pergolas, whilst shorter varieties can be trained around poles and tripods to form ‘pillars’. They all require support and it is essential they are well tied to their structures.

climbing roses at Polesdon Lacy
Climbing Roses at Polesden Lacy


These are more pliable in growth than Climbers and generally flower only once. The individual blooms tend to be smaller and come in large trusses, but for sheer quantity of bloom they are unsurpassed.

Roses - Strode House
Roses around the round window

Species or Wild:

Most are single flowered and are valued for the wonderful diversity of scents, foliage, hips and Autumn colouration. 

Rose Complicata watercolour
Rosa Complicata – watercolour


Published by Heyjude

I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

18 thoughts on “R is for Rose

  1. I adore roses. I wish i had a yard to grow them in. I buy mini roses at the grocery, but once i put them on the balcony they don’t last too long. The plant itself, not just the blooms.

    1. Mini ones don’t last well, although I have been successful once or twice! You need to make sure they don’t dry out completely and have good drainage. 🙂

  2. Beautiful shots! I like your first closeup of the white one best. They are my favorite bloom for drying single petals which I used to use in papermaking. It is also an autumn ritual for me to gather rose hips to dry and toss in my winter tea blends.

      1. Hey no worries. This month is a mad rush, and I was gone last week with the same flaky connections! I hate to have A to Z end, but I’m also looking forward to a slower reading pace since many, including me, won’t continue posting every day. Safe travels!

  3. Rambling Rabbantextured Raddlecoloured Rantipolebehaving Raunchy Reeldancing Regiusheraldic Relucent Requiescataccompanying Rubious Rumchunderlike Rutilant Rorulent Rosafiliaflora.
    Rather Romantic!

    1. Sadly not! I take the photos and then use the artistic effect in PS Elements to create watercolours or coloured pencil and sometimes cut-out. Depends on the photo as to which effect looks best. I have so many flower photos I have to be a little creative sometimes. I would love to be able to paint them though.

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