Description: The origin of roses is shrouded in mystery. Fossilised species of roses have been found across the northern hemisphere and are estimated to date back some 35-40 million years. The remarkable beauty, fragrance and usefulness of the rose have guaranteed its spread right across the globe. Throughout the years, its potent power has come to symbolise many things, but above all, the rose is a plant to be enjoyed and wondered at. Roses focuses on the classic, ageless and enduring flower that straddles garden-friendly modernity whilst also celebrating the style and grace of the old. Ranging from overblown, multi-petalled or deliciously simple and delicate, Roses rightly extols these beautiful blooms, and includes hands-on know-how and history of the world’s favourite flower.
With 45 species of Rose included, explore the flowers with the best visual appearance, most fragrant perfume, the easiest to grow and those ideal for cutting beautiful flowers from.
This is an absolutely glorious book; together Jane and Georgianna have created the most fascinating and beautiful book where you can completely lose yourself as you turn page after page of the most beautiful photographs of roses of every variety.
There are literally thousands of roses on offer, but the focus of this book is on classic, ageless and enduring roses, which they have classed as Vintage roses. These roses, Jane suggests, ‘have one thing in common; they are garden-friendly roses that celebrate the style and grace of the old…. Both Vintage roses and Old roses have seductive qualities, and they all produce graceful, generous, fragrant and accommodating flowers….. they are simply bewitching; a delight to both the eye and the nose.’
The absolutely beautiful photography by Georgianna illustrates these roses in the most celebratory way.
The content includes, An Introduction, A Short History of Roses,which is absolutely fascinating describing The origin of roses, The rose as a symbol, The rose in modern times, The impact of commerce, Combining the old with the new, The use of the rose.
Then follows each category of rose described as Classic Blooms, Dramatic Flowers, Romantic Beauties, Fragrant Delights, Each rose featured has the name and a description, coupled with details of the Flowering, Aspect, Soil, Habit, Average height, Average spread, Pruning, Foliage, Thorns, As a cut flower, Similar varieties. (as shown in the illustration)
Finally there is the most helpful section on Pruning and Care, including How to select your rose, Climate control, Situation, The perfect bed, Planting, Deadheading, The thorny issue of pruning, Maintenance feeds, Pests and diseases, plus a Glossary and Index of Roses,
We love this very special book, it will inspire you to start your own collection of roses, the most beautiful of flowers. Highly Recommended!
Roses by Jane Eastoe, published by Pavilion Books. With photography by Georgianna Lane