While the arrival of June often reminds us of Father’s Day, Flag Day, June bugs, and the start of summer, June is also the month of the rose. But when did these beautiful flowers start to appear?

The first wild rose bushes appeared in 900 B.C. on hillsides from the Mediterranean to Asia. Alexander the Great was one of the first individuals to study botany, and he grew roses in every country that he conquered. In ancient times, the Greeks associated the rose with the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, and thus the rose symbolized love and beauty. Roses and images of roses have also been found in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, and it has been suggested that Cleopatra slept on a bed of roses.

In medieval times, the rose was referred to as Flos Florum, which means “flower of flowers,” as it symbolized heavenly and earthly perfection to monks who cultivated roses in herbal gardens at monasteries for holistic purposes. China later adopted this use of roses for medicinal purposes and began researching new breeding techniques. By the 18th century, roses were exported to Europe and North America, setting the stage for modern rose hybrids. In 1893, Germany developed the “Crimson Rambler,” the first breed of roses that could survive throughout the cold winter weather. Throughout the 21st century, roses have continued to reign as a symbol of beauty and joy across all cultures.

Beyond Petals and a Stem

The rose is beautiful, extremely fragrant, and bright in color, yet the stems of a rose have thorns in their natural form. As the species evolved, fragrance and color helped attract pollinating insects, so thorns developed in order to prevent predators from destroying the plant.

Although thorns prick us, learning how to handle them allows us to admire the beautiful flowers they help to produce.

Similarly, in its most natural state, the contingent labor process, blooming with all of its benefits, can be thorny and difficult to handle.  dotStaff™ can help you propagate all of the advantages while managing the thorns.  The ability to handle these hazards, in turn, shapes the future.