Scientists’ research has confirmed that there are psychological benefits to exposing yourself to flowers on a regular basis.
That must be especially true when, as now, we are in the midst of darker days, gloomier weather and the ongoing tension and stress surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.
So, there is a reason behind the popular phrase “stop and smell the roses” Not only are they beautiful to look at but they contain mood-boosting endorphins.
There is some evidence that they also help with concentration and memory, promote connection and improved relationships and can reduce anxiety and depression.
In historical mythology, roses have sometimes been associated with secrecy or confidentiality, hence the term “sub rosa”, meaning confidential. It is said that this comes from a Roman custom of hanging roses from the ceilings of banqueting halls as an indication that everything said under them was confidential.
Whatever the legends and belief surrounding roses (and other flowers) at this time of year when the flowering season has come to an end, you can still boost your mood and mental health by browsing through a catalogue of beautiful roses and considering what you might plant in years to come.
Cultivation tips for November
Most important: taking into account of the increasing demand for roses, order as soon as possible
November is the start of the long months in which bare root roses and other nursery stock can be planted straight into the ground or into a permanent pot. If the latter make sure that it is big enough, and either make up your own compost based on 60% loam 40% peat or peat substitute (like a soil improver) and a liberal application of a balance fertiliser or use John Innes No3 Compost.
Planting bare root roses still remains the best and cheapest way to purchase plants during autumn and winter.
If you haven’t already prepared the area for your roses; either seek to postpone delivery or when plants are received keep as packed in a cool shed or garage.