Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC
Roses, which have been enjoyed for thousands of years, have a rather long history. Rose cultivation dates back to Greek and Roman times, and many varieties are descendants from ancient garden plants in China, Persia or Turkey.
Roses are divided into different categories, one of which is the vintage Old Garden Roses. Old Garden Roses were popular prior to the 20th Century. Predating 1867, a true Old Garden Rose is a tough, durable shrub that has stood the test of time. Many are considerably more fragrant than their modern counterparts. Most (but not all) are once blooming, and would be used in the landscape similar to a Lilac or Hydrangea.
Like my grandfather and father before me, the rose has always been my favorite flower. I have fond memories of sunny summer afternoons spent outside on my grandfather’s porch surrounded by fragrant roses cascading from the trellises all around. Many happy moments were spent with my father while he worked in our beautiful rose garden at home.
Anticipating the upcoming blooms of spring, I asked my fellow teammates of the Christmas In July Team to share items from their shops which feature vintage Old Garden Roses.
Valerie Brown from FirepanJewellery said, I am inspired by the Antique roses grown in my garden. I grow many different varieties, including Jacobite rose (Rosa alba), Queen of the musks, and Apothecary rose (Rosa gallica). They are varying shades of pink – so this lovely carved rose necklace is an homage to them.