Regency Folk Loved Roses

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…that the Empress Josephine influenced the popularity of rose cultivation in the late Georgian era?

Napoleon’s beloved first wife assembled the largest number of varieties of roses every assembled in a single place. She also fostered the breeding of new types. Throughout the entire Georgian period including the Regency, rose growing was a passion.

rose-194x300 Author's Blog Roses in that period and before were generally grown on shrubby sorts of bushes, some of them six or more feet tall. During the summer blooming period the blooms could be abundant. They were only occasionally of the heritage, single flower variety, similar to the Tudor rose. More often the roses grown were of the lush multifloria types such as the damask rose. Cross breeding was a passion. There were twenty-one species of rose in England in 1660. By 1838 there were over 500!


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3 thoughts on “Regency Folk Loved Roses

  1. and there were very few if any yellow roses until the 19th century. The first yellow rose, though described in 1583 when it was brought to Vienna, was Rosa foetida[aka Rosa lutea, aka Astrian briar & other names] which smelled unpleasant. It comes from the Caucasus mountains in Georgia. It was cultivated in Holland and may have been brought to Kew in the later decades of the 18th century. I’ve never been able to tie down an exact date. There are a few other west asian roses from Afghanistan and generally in the ‘stans’. They were well established by the time the Victorians rewrote the language of flowers. However, NO hybrid tea roses before the 1880s, hence no polyantha roses or floribunda roses.
    [I included a brief history of roses in the gardening chapter of ‘The wannabee Regency miss’s guide to real life’ and tracking down that blasted yellow rose was so elusive! I got sick of reading Regencies where anachronistic roses feature, a pet peeve along with wrist watches and bars of chocolate. Uh, sorry, that was a rant.

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