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Roses – A Flower of Many Flavors

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When most of think about the Rose, we normally think in terms of colors or, maybe, differentiate based on use (garden roses, ornamental roses, cut roses, etc.).

Bur roses have a lot more up their leaves – I mean – sleeve. 😉

Scientifically, roses are woody perennials of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. They can also be classified according species (more than 100), cultivars and hybrids. Then, if you wish, you can distinguish between them according to size and type, such as mini and compact roses, shrubs, climbers, ornamentals, cut flowers, etc. And, apart from enjoying their splendor, roses are also used for perfume, food, drink and – even – medicine.

Others, like the American Rose Society, firstly classifies roses into three main types: Species Roses (“wild roses”), Old Garden Roses (pre-1867), and Modern Roses (since 1867). The last two types are deemed to be hybrids of (i.e. derived from) wild roses. Once a rose has been typecast according to the aforesaid system, rose enthusiasts typically proceed to categorize them according to criteria such as blooming characteristics, scent, size, color, growth habits, ancestry, date of introduction,etc., etc.

Roses, the ultimate romantic symbol

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

The rose is the ultimate symbol of love, beauty, romance and passion. This single flower has the ability to convey an emotion like no other and has world-wide recognition and desire. Cleopatra famously insisted on a carpet of rose petals and a rose petal stuffed mattress when Mark Antony visited. Nero, the well known Roman Emperor, covered an entire beach with roses during a high profile celebration. Greek mythology details the rose was named by Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Most importantly, roses are given as a gift to those we love to show just how special they are and just how much they mean to us. The rose is truly a powerful flower that can be used for so many occasions and for so many reasons.

When may people think of a rose, they instantly think of the beauty and splendor of a fine fresh red rose. The red rose is the ultimate symbol and gift of love, affection and romance. It’s also considered the “universal rose” that can be given to your significant other for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, “Just Because” and so much more. And if you were wondering, “Yes”, guys like receiving red roses also! A red rose is the quintessential addition to any Valentine’s Day gift and can be given as a single rose or as a large bouquet.

White roses convey many different emotions and carry many different meanings. The white rose is usually first thought of as symbolizing purity. The color white is clean, crisp and pure. When thinking about a gift for a friend that shows loyalty, innocence and respect, a white rose is a perfect choice. When giving a white rose during Valentine’s Day, it shows pure and everlasting love.

When looking to provide a gift that is delicate, gentle and full of graceful emotion, a pink rose is a perfect choice. Pink roses have long been admired as a way to communicate heart-felt appreciation and gratitude. A pink rose can be used as a way to say “Thank You” along with saying that you appreciate the relationship with the person who is receiving the rose. A pink rose given during Valentine’s Day expresses the delicate joy felt within the relationship and also admiration of the one receiving it.

Yellow roses are a perfect way to express familiar love and appreciation of unwavering affection. Normally, yellow roses do not show deep and passionate love. Instead, they show the giver respects and is grateful for friendship and is determined to grow the relationship. During Valentine’s Day, yellow roses are given to express pure joy and happiness.

Not only can roses be given individually or within bouquets, but the colors can be mixed within a bouquet to not only create a beautiful and magnificent visual gift but also to deliver a full bouquet of emotions. As an example, you can mix red and white roses to express pure and intense love and that your love is forever. Sometimes, mixing roses simply says that you like someone so much that you decided to give them the most beautiful flower you could find! Whatever the reason, a rose (or rose bouquet) on Valentine’s Day is a perfect gift reserved for the perfect person.

Roses: The Most Symbolic and Flawless Flowers of All Time

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

When we think of roses most of us consider it as a symbol of romance and love. However, this beauty of a flower can be used to express many emotions and communicate sincerity for an array of occasions from personal to professional. Typically, a well-informed florist should be able to help you with finding the right rose for your occasion. Although, taking the time to learn some of the symbolism and history of this versatile and enchanting flower is well worth it.

A few symbolic meanings that the rose represents are beauty, balance, devotion, faith, honor, intrigue, love, passion, sensuality, and timelessness. The rose’s symbolism goes well beyond descriptive language and plays a role in numerology as well. The Christians used the five petals of the rose as reference to the five wounds of Christ. It would later be associated with the Virgin Mary and then eventually used to represent the blood of Christian martyrs. Additionally, in medieval times, a rose with seven petals represented order, understanding, and inclusion on a universal level. The Freemasons used 3 roses symbolically to represent their guiding principles: the first rose was love, the second, life, and the last rose represented light.

Not only do roses have historical meaning in numerology, but their many different colors represent separate emotions and relational meanings. For instance, take the pink rose for example. This color of rose is often given as one’s expression for admiration. It can also represent healing, first love, elegance, appreciation and happiness. Then, there is the yellow rose. This gorgeous color of the rose is commonly meant to indicate true friendship but other meanings include joy and mature love. Next, we have the white rose. White roses represent purity, sanctity, and new beginnings such as with weddings. Also, arrangements of white roses are often used to express remembrance. Love at first sight and enchantment is communicated through the use of lavender roses. Orange roses will often symbolize energy and excitement in a passionate sense. Last but not least, we have the well-known red rose. As previously acknowledged, this color symbolizes romance and love. However, the red rose also indicates beauty, perfection and deep feelings for that special someone.

Since ancient times the rose has placed its mark on many societies. In Greek mythology, the rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. England even adopted the rose as its national flower. In the U.S., New York, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota claim the rose as their state flower. In American football we have the Rose Bowl each year. Cities of several states in the U.S., such as Portland, Oregon and Pasadena, California, have annual rose festivals. The list goes on as to the extent roses have left their impression on us as a society. A flower like no other, roses will continue to be a part of our lives and be used to represent the feelings of our hearts and the thoughts of our minds forever.

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