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Where Do Roses Come From?

September 17, 2014

I know (in theory) where the most beautiful roses come from.

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On the way to Hamburg we came across a little town (I’m ashamed to admit this, but I don’t know what it was called) that had the most beautiful rose garden and the hugest greenhouses that were filled with big healthy rose bushes. It was the best rose gardening center I have ever been to!

Just a word of warning – it was the end of August and we came right after a storm, so the blooms might not seem very impressive.

I don’t know how many varieties they had there, but it seemed that you could find every possible breed. Old garden roses, climbers, large flowered, miniature, rambling, tea roses – you name it, they had them there!

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The plan was to come back to this place on the way home.

We decided we were getting a quite unusual purple rose (in reality I’m sure at least 3 or 4 were going to be squeezed in) . We even picked up a leaflet with the garden’s address, so that we could put it into our GPS device…

Guess what happened.

There was no town name on that leaflet! (Another, yet very unlikely possibility, we were too silly to understand what was said there.)

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The question remains – where do roses come from?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2014 6:12 pm

    Ack, that is such a shame that you didn’t get any! I’m not a good enough gardener to keep roses, but they are lovely.

    • September 17, 2014 6:19 pm

      All is left are memories about this wonderful place… Sigh.

      We have quite a few roses, yet every year before winter we have to worry how to keep them warm, yet not too warm… Well, you get the idea! K.

  2. September 18, 2014 11:05 am

    I know many rose loving gardeners that would say this post is award winning – for the depth – “where do roses come from” because I mean – isn’t this just as important as other origin explorations and classic timeless questions – ha! indeed – when I read your title I was taken back – worthy question – and then you followed through with words and photos so nice.

    I do not grow roses (long story) but love them still. thks for this nice post.

    • September 21, 2014 2:52 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comment(s)! I’m really glad to hear that you liked my text and enjoyed looking at the images. Roses are royal plants, no wonder many people admire their blooms. I wish it was easier to look after them, then maybe I’d create a similar garden to the one we went to (just a smaller version, of course). K.

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