Monday, November 2, 2009

Do Roses Have Feelings?

image from 3 Little Birds/Flickr here

We have a rose farm up the road. I buy roses there. A few weekends ago they had some live rose plants for sale. 4 for $20. They told me they were older plants that were no longer productive for the farm and they had to "get rid of them". They looked half dead. So I bought 4. I pruned and planted them in my garden. They have shot up and have produced flowers already. But unlike my older rose bushes these buds have no smell. I wonder, do roses "suffer" being confined and mass produced in small areas? Given some TLC will they respond? Will their scent come back now they are in a better place?

27 comments:

  1. Some Roses have no scent but I could not say for sure that yours are one of those types. Do you know their name? You could check back with the farm or look up the rose in a gardening book perhaps.
    Irene x

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  2. I'm sure with some TLC from you Simone they will flourish and have lovely scent!
    Have a nice day :-)

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  3. indeed - and I wonder if they would still have their scent if they had come from a free-range farm? I bring home strays like your unloved rose bushes too!

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  4. Oh Simone, what a wonderful thought. I think your roses will respond to your tender loving care and produce gorgeous, fragrant roses for you!

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  5. I hope they don't have feelings I'm pretty brutal with the pruners , lol !

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  6. A rose farm so close...how perfectly wonderful! I know that roses evoke very strong memories and feeling for me...I'm sure your love and care will bring these gorgeous bushes back to their absolute best.

    And your little feathered guest, growing strong with nurturing I'm sure!

    Ingrid x

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  7. Oh, absolutely... I believe with all my heart that they do feel.

    Did they tell you they were older plants, or "old roses"? An older plant, that's a hybrid (grown for color & size), probably won't have the sweet fragrance of the hardier, "old roses" that developed naturally, & had wonderful fragrances.

    (my Daddy used to rent land to rose growers)

    Sweet, rosey day to you, Simone,
    ~Julia

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  8. What a sad thought. I don't know, but I'm sure interested in following their saga to see if they begin to smell again. I was just looking at one of my roses today because it is the most awful looking bush, but produces the most beautiful and fragrant flowers. My husband keeps saying it is dying and needs to come out, but the flowers say otherwise. It is odd isn't it?
    Let us know how these roses do.
    xxx kim

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  9. Those roses are stunning!!! LOVE all those shades!

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  10. I asked my landscaper husband (whose dad is a horticulturalist), it depends on the season, but usually as a rose gets older, it should be more fragrant.

    We have some old roses in our garden, that people on lanscaping jobs have told Ben to throw out, but he usually plants them in our garden, and they've always done so well. They bloom straight away... It's amazing.

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  11. Will we ever know?! But surely we're not the only "feeling" species here on earth. We still know so little about it all.

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  12. You are so sweet-What a kind thing you are.

    I sure do hope that with the TLC you give them that they reward you with some perfumed buds one day!
    Best wishes, NM.

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  13. Simone..
    I know with nurturing,plants will respond accordingly. I don't know about aroma returning, perhaps they were not the kind for that..but I would just appreciate the beauty of the blooms..
    and know, your kindness gave them new leases on life. If the plants were to be destroyed, why did they not just GIVE them to you to take away?
    enjoy your roses.. and post photos!
    hugs and smiles..
    Loui♥

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  14. I'm sure their scent will come...if not, they are prabably a different type of rose. Some roses that I work with have deeper scents then others. I'm happy that you saved your roses :)

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  15. I think a lot of modern roses have been bred and hybridised for certain qualities like disease resistance, or colour or longevity to the detriment of other qualities like smell. I've heard it commented before that modern roses smell nothing like the old heirlooms. So if they're bred that way (i.e. it's in their DNA)I don't know if anything you do will help. But I'm not rose expert by any means. Maybe someone else could help.

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  16. That is so interesting to think about! I hope their scent does come back! Roses are so classic and perfect, beautiful photo. xoxo

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  17. Sadly I don't think so! It seems so strange to me that so many roses are now bred without their wonderful perfume. Leigh

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  18. Not sure about your question..but just wanted to say the picture of the roses is stunning!
    x

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  19. I am unsure Simone.... Surely there smell would not disappear!? I have noticed at the flower markets some roses dont have a fragrance. Shame as the aroma is so pretty and lingers beautifully.

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  20. The scent depends upon the variety but I always think the longer the rose has been planted the better the scent....maybe next year, xv.

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  21. In our old garden we had the most fragrant roses but in our new garden the roses smell of nothing. Different types of roses, I assumed...maybe I should play them music? :)

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  22. I don't know much of anything about flowers, but it sounds as though you've nursed them back to a happy, healthy state already! I have a feeling that the scent will come back eventually.

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  23. Interesting though...perhaps so, intensive farming must have some sort of effect non? They are like the rescue battery hens - when they find new homes to live out the rest of their lives they grow their feathers back...maybe your roses will grow their scent back?! xxx

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  24. i have found that roses are very hardy.. i've revived them back when they were all brown... they love water.. there is no way u can kill a rose...

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  25. Gaw I wish I lived near a rose farm. I don't know much about gardening but I bet they will come back to life. My mom thinks plants have feelings, she has the biggest green thumb ever. I think plants can get neglected from lack of personalized care and lack of nutrients from being so close to other plants. Good luck!

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  26. I love the idea that you rescued these rose bushes that someone else needed 'to get rid of.' I'm sure the roses appreciate it too! -amy
    p.s. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :-)

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  27. Maybe fragrance comes from the soil, maybe from the heart of the plant. I'm putting this blog as a favorite! It's beautiful!!

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