In our garden we have an Apothecary’s Rose bush (Rose Gallica Officinalis) which I absolutely love. When it blooms it is dark red with a huge centre. It is also very sturdy as it has survived being chewed by our four dogs – until my husband put wire netting around it to protect the flowers from doggy depredations!
I find this rose fascinating because it an ancient strain (ca. 1400) and it’s called the Apothecary’s Rose because, over the centuries, it has been grown for its medicinal qualities. It is characterised as a rose of great historical importance and is native to southern and central Europe eastwards to Turkey and the Caucasus. It’s also said to be the Red Rose of Lancaster, the emblem chosen by the House of Lancaster at the time of the War of the Roses.
Here’s a close-up of the heart of one of these rose blossoms and I’ve called this post RoseHearty because Rosehearty, where our daughter lives, is a small, beautiful village on the north coast of Scotland. It has a really lovely historic harbour and our daughter is the Harbour Mistress.