You have probably heard that "a rose is a rose is a rose," but while perfectly poetic, the Victorians wholeheartedly disagree. Though people did not necessarily send secret messages through bouquets, the meanings were still important during the Victorian era.
We think this bit of historical trivia is pretty charming, so we explored these meanings.
Nothing is coincidental.
The peacock is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we endeavor to show our true colours.
In history, myth, legend and lore, the peacock symbolism carries portents of: Nobility, Holiness, Guidance, Protection and Watchfulness.
The rose gave us a reason to come together to admire beauty in her purist form! Did you feel the rose and plant energy touch you?
Thank you to each of you who joined us from Germany, Mozambique, Pretoria, Durban, Johannesburg, Kloof and the Western Cape! Thank you for your contribution to our joy and laughter.
Thank you to the Gardeners that love and persevere in these magnificent gardens and for your generosity!
The ‘Nomzamo’ rose, bred by us at Ludwig’s Roses, may be one of the most spectacular flowers you have ever laid eyes on and by all accounts, it is a fitting tribute to one of South Africa's brightest talents in the entertainment industry - Nomzamo Mbatha. Not only does she radiate beauty, confidence and grace, she is an actress, presenter, spokes model, humanitarian and South Africa’s media darling. Nomzamo Mbatha couples all this with intelligence, sensitivity, resilience, an all round self-made modern woman, who stays true to her roots.
View the pictures of the rose naming here!
A sweet and refreshing ‘Nyponsoppa’ dessert soup from the north.
In the southern hemisphere, it is now, from March to August, time to forage for and harvest the berry-like fruit of the rose, called rosehip. The rosehip is a citrusy, sour fruit containing high Vitamin C levels and thus divine and comforting to have during winter.
WHITE CHOCOLATE WITH CANDIED ROSE, STRAWBERRY AND ORANGE PEEL
Heike Taschner-Jeske is a regular contributor to our Journal.
She loves cooking and developing rose foods such as the divine ‘Rose Jam’ and ‘Rose Petal Syrup’ and making products from the nourishing and Vitamin C packed fruit of the rose called the rosehip. Experimenting with the versatility of roses is her biggest passion and it is not uncommon to find her at the rose still,making rose water or drying, shredding and combining roses, petals, herbs and flowers to make something new and nourishing for the body, mind and soul. She loves communicating about the fragrance, colour, beauty, purpose, versatility and culinary wonder, especially the power of the rose in the kitchen, by sharing her knowledge in recipes and talk