Visited the 2015 Royal FLORIA Putrajaya Flower And Garden Festival yesterday which runs until June 7th 2015. To most folks, a rose is a common flower to express love and communicate a romantic message. Having read about Kenyan and Ecuadorian roses from FLORIA’s website, I made a point to look them up when I was over. If one delves deeper, roses have their underlying qualities and stories that make them exceptional, read on …
Recognized as one of the biggest suppliers of cut flowers in the EU, Kenya is known as the leading fresh flower exporting country. Being the most developed sector, Kenya accounts for about 40% of horticultural exports from Africa. Nourished by the sandy soil of Lake Naivasha with the touch of volcanic ash and generous supply of tropical sunshine, the Kenyan roses posses vivid and vibrant colors with an extended flowering period. Apart from Lake Naivasha where the fresh cut flowers particularly roses are most dominant, places like Kinangop, Nakuku, Limuru, Athi River, Thika, Kaimbu, and Eldoret also play a huge role in the flower farming industry. Limuru and Eldoret have much cooler climates which is the perfect habitat for certain types of flowers, especially the famous fresh cut roses.
One of the most sought after roses in the world today are the Ecuadorian roses. It symbolizes the national identity of Ecuador and is one of Ecuador’s main exports to the world. Ecuador is the world’s third-largest exporter of cut flowers, 73 per cent of which are roses. Ecuador’s rosy success comes down to its latitude. It is an ideal place to cultivate roses with natural light all year round. Despite being a non-native flower species, the highlands of central Ecuador has proven perfect for the production of long-stemmed roses due to its much longer growing cycle.
Ecuador’s unique Andes climate has resulted in some of the finest roses known in the world. Ecuadorian roses are the cumulative product of perfect sunlight, cold nights (contributing to a lot of bi-colour, with contrasting hues on the edges and the insides of petals), volcanic soil, and high altitude making Ecuador famous for being the home of the most beautiful roses. Ecuadorian roses have various bright colours with different shades of red, pink, white, purple and lavender on thick long stems and baseball-sized blooms. Around 60 rose varieties are grown commercially in Ecuador. Flower colours include ubiquitous red and yellow as well as the purple-blooming Ravel and pink-flowering Anna Nubia cultivars.
Text excerpted from FLORIA website http://www.floriaputrajaya.com.my/.
All photos: Fujifilm X-E1 with XF 55-200mm