Garden flowers: The Rose

Rosa The Rose Of England

As well as the Oak Tree being the national tree of England, the red rose is also widely accepted as the national flower of England. The Latin name is Rosa and it belongs to a family of rosa known as Rosaceae. It also can be found in many a love poem, not forgetting it is also used as the symbol of the Rugby Football Union and has been since the early 18th century.

Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colors ranging from white through yellows and reds. The plants themselves grow in an upright position and can also be seen as climbing or trailing plants and the bane of many a sore thumb because they often come with sharp spikes spaced along their stem.

If my education serves me correct using the rose as the national flower goes back to Henry VII who introduced the historical Tudor red rose to represent the House of Lancaster, and a white rose to represent the House of York. Both flowers were seen as a symbol of unity after the English civil wars.
Many moons later the gesture would become known as the War of the Roses (I think).

The rose does it for me every time. I remember when I was a child (might still be sometimes) my Granddad owned an allotment (a piece of land away from the house used as an area for growing anything and everything.)

Here he grew many a show winning flower and vegetables. His favorite flower was the rose and he won many a show because of his green fingers (A complimentary term used by growers). His Roses were next to none and absolutely beautiful.

Hope you enjoy this collection of various rose photographs taken from the garden and nature walks.


Attended state schools (St Peters & Paul's) Spent my last 4 years attending St Cuthbert Secondary. Driver and warehouse manager 25 years plus. Spent 16+ years attending Newcastle Uni and North Tyneside College. (Humanistic approaches in Counselling). Qualified some years ago. Don’t have many dislikes apart from people who try to be something they’re not (conveniently forget where their roots are), and I do not suffer fools easily so they tell me, or people that over talk others. I eat and drink to live, love all kinds of music, places of interest, photography, Singing, computing, reading for pleasure (mostly supernatural/horror, James Herbert / Stephen King), and swimming.

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