Strangely enough, roses in India are not what I would expect them to be. The blooms are comparatively small and the variety of colors are rather limited. I’m not sure why – the climate seems to be suitable for rose gardening. Perhaps it’s just too much trouble? I remember how much time my grandfather used to spend in the garden cutting the twigs, shaping the bushes, pruning, watering, spraying, fertilizing…
Anyway, roses in India have at least one big advantage – they are incredibly cheap! You can buy a flower for for 10-15 Rs. And by the way, if you’re on a romantic holiday in India, isn’t it a wonderful idea to surprise your special person with a giant bunch of roses? It won’t cost you more than $5 to get around 30-40 flowers, and what a wonderful bouquet they would make. And if you manage to make your way to a place like Dadar flower market, where one can get roses (or any other flowers) wholesale, you’ll be able to fill the whole room on that amount.
When we go for a walk, Adriana and Alexandra often ask me to buy a flower – it gives such a pleasant touch to the outing. Choosing a flower is particularly exciting – the kids would smell different roses one by one, selecting the one with the most pleasant fragrance, discuss the colors and carefully touch the thorns before they are cut by our patient florist. 🙂
I like getting roses too. Sometimes, when I’m lucky, I get hundreds of them 🙂
And here are just some roses from the local flower shops and gardens around Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.