April is known to be the wettest month at the roses. Plenty of rain to get the roses growing for the upcoming rose bloom. – This year, it was an especially rainy spring season. No chance to get to the rose fields without 4-wheel-drive.
The first of March is the day of “Baba Marta” in Bulgaria marking the end of Winter. On this day, people give each other the so called “martenitsi”, small red and white thread dolls (called Pizho and Penda (Пижо и Пенда), interwoven string bracelets – sometimes with other little trinkets attached wishing a “ЧЕСТИТА БАБА МАРТА” – “Happy Grandma March”.
Having had an unusual hot and dry summer, it wasn’t until September that we could work on the roses again. While our so called “Sidekick” field has been trimmed to base level this year just after the rose harvest and regrown quite healthy, the “Little ones” had a tough time without any water.
We always welcome people who are interested in the Bulgarian Rose Valley to visit us and take them on a little tour around Panicherevo. This year we had Montez from New York, Pam and Arturo from Spain and Anna and Julia from Germany come and visit.
Since last years event was a great success, this year tourists at the airport in Sofia as well as Burgas were greeted with a fresh rose blossom from our fields. A gesture to welcome tourists to Bulgaria and introduce them to the Bulgarian Rose Valley.
A little photo shoot with some local school girls in their traditional dresses before they will travel to Sofia with Kris to welcome tourists at the airport with a rose.