The Bonica Rose is one of the most successful and widely planted of all modern roses.
Opening from rich pink buds it is a mass of bright pale pink flowers blooming continuously from early to mid summer through to autumn giving great pleasure.
Bright red hips usually persist until the following spring.
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Can reach 1.5 metres but best to prune half each year
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A fully hardy rose thriving in most soils except for chalk. All roses do prefer fertile well drained soil and love sun or a little shade. Rose Bonica is a useful rose to cut and make a glorious flower arrangement.
It can be grown as a shrub, ground cover or container rose. It makes the most wonderful hedge, protective as well as beautiful. A glory of protective pink blooms to stop you in your tracks – literally.
Bonica can reach a height of 1.5m but is best pruned back to about half its size every other year. Rose oil and essence has long been used in the loveliest of perfumes and is also used for many healthy remedies.
Feed in late winter or early spring with a balanced fertilizer and apply a mulch. Always remove dead flowers. To improve health quality and shape of the rose, prune in the dormant season or preferably in spring before young shoots develop, removing dead or damaged wood. Roses like being fed through spring –summer at three weekly intervals but this is a treat to improve the quality of the blooms. Bees benefit from the flowers and the rose hips can help the birds in winter.
Common Name: Rose Bonica
Latin name: Rosa
Soil: Most soils
Position: Full sun
Flowering period: Mid summer to Autumn
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Eventual Height/Spread: 1.5 x 1m
Special features: Fragrant flowers loved by bees. Provides good hedging and cover
Symbolism, Folklore & Old Wives Tales
Roses are a great source of interesting information throughout history, together with symbolism and folklore. Too much to write down here. But, Roses planted in the garden attract fairies, how lovely is that!
A Good Luck gift to a Woman, it is often given on Valentines Day. Pink roses are a symbolism of ‘Our love is a perfect happiness.’
Gender – Feminine, Planet – Venus, Element – Water,
Deities – Hathor, Hulda, Eros/Cupid, Isis, Adonis and Aurora.
Powers – Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Love, Divination, Luck and Protection.