Roses weather the climate

Wed, Jun 11, 2008

Climate Change Gardening

This is perhaps the most popular flower in the world and well placed to adapt to climate change.

According to fossil evidence, the rose is over 35 million years old .The cultivation of roses began in Asia around 5000 years ago, and they have been a part of the human experience ever since, appearing in ancient tales of love and desire.

There are wild roses ranging from vivid pink to snow white with a sweet intoxicating scent emerging now that the sun has been shining over the past few days. They may not last long and the petals droop when picked but I adore these flowers as they really capture the essence of an english summer. Wild roses supposedly only grow in the Northern hemisphere which means that, if you are living in Australia, South Africa or India, your roses are most likely from cultivated stock.

Wherever you live in the world, there are likely to be roses growing in a garden not far away. It is a universal plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions and adapts to many styles of gardening with a range of over 250 different species.

The Historic Rose Organisation have produced a guide to encourage planting of roses that cope well with our changing weather conditions.

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- who has written 872 posts on My Climate Change Garden.

I am not an experienced gardener - more of an enthusiastic amateur who learns by trial and error and who is keen to "manage" the effects of shifting weather patterns on my garden. Writing this blog is my passion and it has evolved over 12 years to inspire engagement with climate change outside our back doors, in our personal gardens and green spaces. My mission is to fertilise and expand this platform to grow a community of global gardeners communicating about the effects of climate change on our plants and exploring how each individual can make small changes in our lives to become more sustainable. The future of our gardens and #OurPlanet is in our hands - please plant your own seeds for our collective sustainable future.

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