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The Most Loved and Beautiful of Flowers

By Mike
February 9, 2013

Some know it as the Queen of Flowers; others call it by its family name, Rosaceae. But most of us know it, quite simply, as the rose. Whether grown in gardens, depicted in drawings, or praised in poetry, it is one of the most loved and beautiful of all flowers. This article briefly describes its history, explains its basic classifications, and provides descriptions and photographs of some of the most interesting and diverse specimens of the rose, the most beautiful of the flowering plants.

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Feb 8, 2013 6:59 PM CST
Mike,

What an amazing article! I've really enjoyed reading all the great information and history of these beautiful flowers ... it's got me looking in the database and reading more about roses. First I think the species roses are my favorite, then I think nope ... it's the Old Garden Roses that I love the most, then I get to the Modern Roses and love them too. I think it would be very difficult to choose a favorite ... I want them all!

I notice that your photo of that gorgeous Rosa arkansana in not in the database: Wild Prairie Rose (Rosa arkansana) and you really should add it. Smiling

Thanks so much for this really nice article!

Lin
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Feb 8, 2013 7:29 PM CST
Amazing article is right! Very well written and beautiful photos!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 8, 2013 9:58 PM CST

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Great article Mike, I really enjoyed it! Can hardly wait for bloom season now!
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 8, 2013 11:01 PM CST
Such a great article! And I'm enjoying all the amazing pics of roses this week!!! Thumbs up
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Feb 8, 2013 11:35 PM CST

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The week has only just begun Linda!
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Feb 9, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Thank you so much for this fantastic and informative article.

The photo's are gorgeous.

Really looking forward to rose week Thumbs up
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wildflowers
Feb 9, 2013 7:27 AM CST
What a wonderful beginning to rose week!

Great article! Thumbs up
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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Feb 9, 2013 8:52 AM CST
Thank you everybody; it was an honor to be invited to write this article, and I'm glad you've enjoyed it.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Feb 9, 2013 9:22 AM CST
Wow! Probably the best written and informative article I've read in a long time about roses. Thanks, Mike.

The photos are perfect, too...easily bringing the written word into reality. Thanks for taking the time to put this article together.

Now we all know who to come to with our rose questions!

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Calsurf73
Feb 9, 2013 10:06 AM CST
Great job, Mike ! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Feb 9, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Very informative article. Beautifully written and illustrated.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Feb 9, 2013 6:28 PM CST

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The perfect article to start the week! Full of interesting information and stunning photos.
Name: Vicky Thompson
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Cottage_Rose
Feb 10, 2013 9:53 AM CST
Mike you ROCK! nodding
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Name: Mike Stewart
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Mike
Feb 10, 2013 3:53 PM CST
Thanks again. I had a good time writing it, and learned some things I didn't know before, while researching it.
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valleylynn
Feb 10, 2013 9:05 PM CST
I loved this article and learned so much from the information it contained.
Thank you. Thumbs up

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