The symbolic meaning of the colour white in roses

White roses have had a strong significance throughout history.

According to ancient myth, the first rose was a white rose.

The colour white typically symbolizes purity, joy, light and glory in the Christian religion. But go further back and in Greek legend they were the symbol of the Goddess Aphrodite and of love, until according to legend pricked herself with the thorns and turned them all red.

By the Victorian era, the white rose had become a favourite for the wedding bouquet, as it still is today, and over time it has come to symbolise a new beginning, so it seems to be the perfect rose to start the new year, especially given the misery of 2020.

Among our selection of roses for your gardens we have a number of white roses, including Iceberg, a floribunda variety, Rambling Rector and Seagull, both old-fashioned climbers, and Ice Cream (Korzuri), a Hybrid Tea.

We hope you all have a Happy New Year in your gardens.

Cultivation tips for January

You can continue to plant bare root roses during open weather.  Or place an order and have the plants reserved until you wish to plant. Bare rooted roses can be planted up to around end of March.  However don’t leave ordering too long, as varieties are becoming sold out.

Continue to clear up your rose beds, gathering fallen leaves and do a winter wash with a mild solution of Jeyes Fluid to kill off black spot spores which can over winter.

Let’s finish on a positive note and look forward to good results next summer, for all the efforts made in your gardens during these very uncertain times.

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**UPDATE** We are not able to send container roses to Europe, Northern Ireland, Guernsey or Jersey. **PLEASE NOTE if you are in Northern Ireland and wish to order bare root roses or Sundries please call us on 01206 844008 or email us, as this cannot be fulfilled online.**