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Rose Day

“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

If you're fond of roses, you probably have some special favourites! There are over a hundred species of roses and thousands of cultivars. There are roses named for almost everything and everyone: composers and musicians, celebrities historical and modern, authors and fictional characters, historical events and many more! This tartan was inspired by a garden of roses in warm rosy hues! Of the three main categories of roses: Wild, Old Garden, and Modern Garden, wild roses hearken back to those thorny species that predate cultivation, known to have occurred as far back as 500 BC! Old Garden Roses are the "historic "and "antique "roses that predate a flurry of breeding of cultivars which took place after 1867. And Modern Garden Roses today are bred for their larger bloom size and more continuous flowering. Scottish roses, known as Scotch, Scots, or Burnet roses, a thorny variety of wild rose, are all hybrids of Rosa spinosissima (previously known as R. pimpinellifoloia) with little flowers that thrive under poor conditions, the original species growing on cliffs by the sea. These were much admired and cultivated during the time of the Napoleonic wars, with many hybrids named for characters in Walter Scott's novels! Once a feature of many vintage gardens, they are now coming back into fashion and hunted for in antique gardens! The emblematic white rose of Scotland is also associated with tartan! The small black hips grown each autumn produce juice which provides a peachy dye if used on its own, and a beautiful purple shade when mixed with alum. The small black hips grown each autumn produce juice which provides a peachy dye if used on its own, and a beautiful purple shade when mixed with alum!Stop and smell the roses this coming spring, but mind the thorns, especially on those Scots roses! 🌹💮 💛 💗 ❤️ 🍃

There are over a hundred species of roses and thousands of cultivars.  Roses have been cultivated since ancient times for their beauty and use.

Two rose species are sometimes referred to as "Scotch" roses.  


Rosa spinosissima,  meaning "the most spiny,"  is covered all over in prickles and bristles of different sizes. 

Rosa pimpinellifolia, also known as the burnet rose, is a species of rose native to western, central and southern Europe (north to Iceland and Norway) and northwest Africa. It is generally restricted to sand dunes or limestone pavements or coastal distribution.  


In emblematic terms, Rosa pimpinellifolia is particularly associated with Scotland, where it is traditionally referenced in poetry and song, and is a symbolic native plant second only to the thistle.

The fruit of the rose, rose hips,  are especially prized for their beauty and perfume, and can be made into jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, soups, or brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content.  Rose water, the distilled essence of the petals, has a very distinctive flavour and is used in Middle Eastern, Persian, and South Asian cuisine - especially in sweets such as baklava, halva, gumdrops, nougat, and Turkish delight!

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, was inspired particularly by pink and yellow roses.

For a gallery of Scotch roses still cultivated today, click the rose!

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