Roses have that amazing fragrant aroma and are available in many colors with red being the favorite on Valentine’s Day. Not many males will have failed to give a bunch of red roses to their sweetheart in their courting or married life. The famous line from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is when she said “That which we call a rose by any other name would be just as sweet”. Apart from the aroma when it is added to tea blends it also contributes to the visual appearance.
The classic saying “take time to smell the roses” is for everyone in the hectic bustle of the 21st century, but what are the origins. From our research it is not clear but the best derivation seems to be the joining of two sayings and ironically one relates to coffee. “stop and smell the roses” and "wake up and smell the coffee” in the 1940’s.
Roses originate from around 32 million years ago according to fossils discovered in the Northern Hemisphere, Europe, America, the Middle East and the Orient. There are now 150 species that are sold for landscaping.