Roses for me are universal flowers that mostly of us would love to see, to touch and to smell them. Roses have so many uses. Some of us offer them to our Patron Saints during fiestas and other occasions. Roses have also become the national flowers of some countries of the world. Roses also symbolize blood, love, beauty and social democracy.
Roses are native to Asia, Europe, North America, and Northwest Africa. Roses are widely grown for their beauty and fragrance. It is a shrub of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. Its name Rose comes from French, from Latin, rosa, which was borrowed from Oscan, from Greek rhodion, from Old Persian wurdi “flower”.
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In horticulture roses are propagated by grafting or rooting cuttings. Grafting or rooting cuttings are common ways to plant the roses. Anyone can do it. There is no need for a wide space to plant the roses. They can be cultivated in an open terrace, in the backyards and front yards. They can be planted in plastic pots, earthen pots and wooden pots or directly to the soil with sunlight and water.
Roses are commonly used in weddings, anniversaries and birthdays. And during all Saints day and Souls day that fall on November 1 and 2 for Christians, to see the clusters of roses are common with bunch of candles. These roses are meant to remembering of their love ones, who departed long ago. On funerals we also smell roses. They express sympathy to the bereaved families.
Every time I see a flower rose, I always remember that particular day. I took three red roses that worth of 5 peso from a flower shop, outside our high school building, for my sweetheart with my promise to pay the owner that I will comeback after our class that afternoon, but I did not keep my promise. I forgot to pay her. Now it is already 32 years ago and the owner had died already. Rose for me means to remember debt!