Aromatic Stamp-Roses, Thematic Issue
Some 130 million years ago when the earth looked drab and desolate an explosion of flowering plants transformed life with their brilliance, array of colours, shapes, sizes and scents. Wild flowers as well as roses grew in open fields, forests, plains and mountain tops as they adorned the landscape.
The rose has been cultivated since immemorial times and has served to express one’s love as it has captured our hearts. A bouquet of red roses symbolizes love.
In earlier times roses were fragrant but with new hybrid varieties many blooms are beautiful but have no scent. The fragrantpetals of some varieties are used to extract oil for use in perfumes and the residents of the delightful village of Kambos in the Marathasa valley make rose water from the ever blooming specific wild roses.
The village of Agros in the Troodos mountains is also famous for its rose water, rose petal dessert and rose scented products such as soaps, candles and an aperitif. Every year a rose festival is held in May when the roses are in full bloom.
Source:Cyprus Post, Republic of Cyprus
Κυπριακά Ταχυδρομεία, Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία