July 2 is ROSE DAY in Sweden. The name "Rosa" has been used here since the end of the XVIII century, though today it´s rare to find a small girl with this name.Roses are one of the most female symbols in almost every culture. If you love roses or have some growing in your garden, you will understand the reason why: they are beautiful, they smell perfume, they are delicate but strong enough (remember they have thorns to defend themselves), they are usually used for the bride´s bouquet and they mean love too. They are complete in everything like we women are.
Yesterday I attended an introduction to the Old Roses´ World at the Botanical Gardens in Uppsala. We were a small group (because of the damned Corona!) at the Baroque garden where the oldest rose bushes are kept. From there you have a wonderful view of both the Uppsala Castle (Slottet) and the BlåsenHus from the University (so lucky them; such a view they have from there every day!)
Gunilla Uhlin Friberg guided us through this complicated -I mean really complicated- rose world. Gunilla has a long experience in roses and she has a garden full of them at her Upland home. She is a "rosgalning" (mad about roses). If you start taking care of roses, you shall never come to an end, ´cause it´s an immense world and needs hard work too.
Did you know that the first roses come from the Middle East and Asia? The oldest ones are white, soft pink and pink and the red and yellow roses are originally Chinese. All the original old roses smell more than those hybrids we buy at the flower shops. The hybrids stay longer, but they do not smell.
KEEP IT SIMPLE