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I am not color blind, too picky, nor a fanatic in a single color but for the first time I saw these rose flowers, it’s difficult for me to describe the name of this kind of color and search for their name. Surprisingly, among the young generation, especially children, it is easy to describe and call this color as peach color.

Peach is a color that is named from the pale color of the interior flesh of the peach and apricot fruits. This name may also be substituted for “peachy” color and has been formulated primarily to create a pastel palette of colors for interior design. The symbolic meaning of peach color represents immortality, happiness, sensuality, and prosperity.

Actually, peach color in nature appeared much older before the first peach plant found by humans. The peach color first can be found in peach-colored mushrooms, especially in agaric mushrooms, whether it’s poisonous in Amanita (“fly agaric”) or edible in Chanterelle (“girolle”) and Laetiporus (“chicken of the woods”); even they have the smell like a peach.

The Etymology of the color peach and the fruit, the word comes from the Middle English peche, derived from Middle French, in turn derived from Latin persica with the meaning the fruit from Persia. The flowering peach-colored plants can be found in hybrid roses but never in wild roses which mostly have 3 colors white, red, and pink.

The hybrid rose is also called hybrid tea rose as an informal horticultural classification for a group of garden roses. This rose plant with peach-colored flowers is from Rosa hybrida cultivar Peach Avalanche. It’s elegant, each flower can be with up to 25 petals, and has a fresh sweet fragrance.

The similar peach color rose with the license price of about $5 million to cultivate the plant is named Juliet roses. Juliet rose or Ausleap (from outleap, a surge of feeling, activity, or growth) is created by the renowned rose breeder David Austin of the United Kingdom. He developed this hybrid over a fifteen-year period. The result is disease resistant rose plant with abundant medium-sized, double, shallow-cupped flowers with up to 90 petals, and sweet, delicious peachy-citrus scent.

I am wondering if nature needs those hybrid roses or even if it has a force to create them through natural selection. These relatively new creatures Ausleap roses evolve together with humans in urban areas for the middle-class people. Humans are about to abandon natural selection, the process that develops us, and replace it with volitional selection, to direct our own choices and willingness.

The future of the rose hybrids can be tough as they always depend on humans to cultivate them. They will be tested by nature for the long period ahead. The application of natural organic fertilizers such as solid worm castings and liquid worm castings tea speed up the asexual and sexual reproduction of hybrid roses.

It is interesting. The new hybrid rose from the relatively young action of the volitional evolution to benefit from the natural way of farming. The benefits come from using the product and by-product of the long evolutionary processes of the earthworms (particularly compost worms). The trials can be seen at the slide show on Portfolio and Products in our website

-Bintoro Gunadi