The first image that comes to mind when we talk of a flower, is that of a rose. She is the queen of the garden. This beautiful flower is not only pleasant on the eyes, but is also bound to enrapture your mind. ‘Flowers as red as blood and leaves as smooth as velvet sit atop a throne of thorns’ – the rose has always been a thing of beauty to both poets and writers alike. Even as the satiny-red rose petals delight our minds, their thorn symbolizes pain – very much like the joys and sorrows of our life. It is this very resemblance that has caused people to carry this flower on occasions of birth, death, to celebrate friendship and even love.
We can’t imagine a garden without the rose.
It is useful to remember that rose farming is a great source of income. Considering the commercial aspects of rose farming, the most suitable climate for its cultivation is in the hill ranges. Even though roses grow well in the plains, the colour of the flower produced might not be as rich. Numerous captivating aromatics have been made from the essence of this flower. Scentless roses too are available in the market. Even though different varieties of coloured roses exist , the red roses are the most popular. Nowadays hybrid varieties of the rose have been obtained experimentally. These cross pollinated flowers will have characteristics inherited from both the parent plants. Some species even smell of tea and tea powder. The rose species ‘mucks’ have the smell of turmeric and the ‘golden shower’ species smells of lemon. Different perfumes like Gulkand, Athar and Auto of Roses are made from the essence of this flower. It is from the Edward species of roses, that the Gulkand is made. It is not only by its indescribable beauty that this flower has captivated our minds but by its aroma too.
Roses are a favorite among artists; artisans included. The imprints of this flower is found in dresses and carpets and its aroma fills wedding halls.