One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A double-flowered rose of a variety or hybrid evolved before the development of the hybrid tea rose.
- ‘Part of the house and the stableyard will be open to visitors for a small charge, as well as the garden with its collection of old roses.’
- ‘Old world garden contains bluebells, violas, hardy geraniums, sweet peas and old roses.’
- ‘She even managed to nurture her favourite old rose, Albertine, into abundance behind the 12 ft ‘great wall of Mey’.’
- ‘Rosa alba is often considered to be the most elegant of the old roses.’
- ‘I love plants in season - old roses are a summer favourite - and I've got delphiniums, pelargoniums, agapanthus, tulips, silver birch, to name a few.’
- ‘Organic garden with fruit and vegetables, more than 60 species of old roses, large border, bog garden, rockeries and a large collection of seed grown bonsai.’
- ‘The most beautiful are the old roses, but these can have short flowering seasons and be prone to disease.’
- ‘Mrs. Cross collects old roses, many of which she starts from cuttings given to her by friends or rescued from old homesteads and other neglected sites.’
2A shade of grayish or purplish pink.
- ‘The change in popularity for Old Rose as a fashion color over the past week is -3.1 percentage points.’
- ‘Its richness is strong but understated, and the Old Rose red is a special colour hue that just laughs at yearly trends and fads.’
old rose/ˌōld ˈrōz/
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