For millennia, the rose has been the most popular flower of all, because it embodies more beauty, magic and magic than any other flower. There are over 20,000 rose varieties worldwide and each of them is unique in terms of color, growth shape and fragrance. And every year, in the blissful month of May, I realize how inexhaustible the topic of roses actually is. It is not for nothing that we know hundreds of poems and songs that were written about the Queen of Flowers. Entire parks and gardens around the world are dedicated to her.
The rose is a capricious beauty and requires a lot of attention. It is not for nothing that the significance of the rose in mythology and religion, literature and poetry is almost greater than that in garden art. The rose is the flower of Venus and Aphrodite. It symbolizes femininity, beauty, passion and love and is therefore the subject of many fairy tales. The rose is never just a beautiful decoration in the house and garden, but also a symbol. A bouquet of roses is worth a thousand words, is a blooming and fragrant “I love you!”.
Countless rose lovers celebrate their passion for the fragrant splendor of flowers with unadulterated devotion in their own garden. Some of them even make the rose their profession. And when I think about your work, I ask myself whether it is really just a job or a passionate calling ?!
There are many rose growers in Bulgaria, as the world-famous one grows here Rosa Damascena. It is not a long-stemmed cut flower, but an oil rose. A fragrant crop that is used to extract high quality essential oil for perfumery. Rosa Damascena contains more fragrance molecules than any other rose species in the world. In Bulgaria it thrives in the heart of the country, in the Rose Valley, where the landscape and the climate provide the best conditions for its growth. This is where she gets through Steam distillation processed into the precious rose oil. It is very expensive because you need over 3 tons of rose petals to extract one kilogram of rose oil. In wholesale, a kilogram of real Bulgarian rose oil costs over € 5000.
In the morning dew, Rosa Damascena unfolds its full fragrance. It is a real therapy to pick its flowers at sunrise. The rose harvest is a complex process, but nevertheless very invigorating and refreshing, because the rose scent stimulates the nervous system and makes you healthy. Anyone who has not smelled Damascena or touched its flowers knows little about the health-promoting phenomenon of this rose. Their intoxicating scent, which wafts through the nose, is so intense that it lets you see the roses with your eyes closed. That is a sensual experience. The flowers can be left to dry and enjoyed as a soothing tea. In scented sachets, they will fill wardrobes and drawers with scent for a long time. Culinary recipes can also be wonderfully prepared with the delicate flowers of Rosa Damascena. So let’s plant such a rose bush in our own garden …
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