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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.

Rose Trivia

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

In the Victorian Language of flowers black roses signify death, hatred, or farewell

In the 19th century a single black rose might be sent by a close friend and or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey from which he did not expect to return

The black rose is ubiquitous in the Goth subculture where it may symbolize tragic romance, or merely be a fitting addition to the decorum of those with a darker æsthetic

Black Roses (roses of black color) do not exist in nature but nevertheless they are often featured in fiction with many different meanings

In the 2006 movie, Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love, Issei Kurosaki (Kamen Rider Caucasus) carries a blue rose

Possibly the most famous reference to “blue roses” in literature is in the seventh scene of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, in which Jim realizes Laura is the same girl he had called “Blue Roses” in high school, since she had been out with pleurosis

Blue Rose is also a fantasy role-playing game published in 2004 by Green Ronin Publishing, emulating the “romantic fantasy” fiction sub-genre

The Blue Rose, due to its mysterious nature, acts as a clue in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, Fire Walk With Me

The Blue Rose was also a symbolist, impressionist influenced art movement in Tsarist Russia in the early 20th Century

In Slavic mythology one may be granted wishes by bringing a blue rose to Baba Yaga

Rose culture came into its own in Europe in the 1800’s with the introduction of perpetual blooming roses from China

Early Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ

In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret – derived from this ancient Roman practice

The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love (Aphrodite and Venus)

Portland, Oregon counts “City of Roses” among its nicknames, and holds an annual Rose Festival

The rose is the provincial flower of Yorkshire and Lancashire in England (the white rose and red rose respectively) and of Alberta (the wild rose), and the state flower of four US states: Iowa and North Dakota (R. arkansana), Georgia (R. laevigata), and New York (Rosa generally)

The rose is the national flower of England and the United States, as well as being the symbol of England Rugby, and of the Rugby Football Union

Roses are so important that the word means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek, and Polish)

The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses (including Isis and Aphrodite), and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary

Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty

Blue roses traditionally signify mystery or attaining the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes

Since roses lack a gene to produce delphinidin, the primary plant pigment that produces true blue flowers, blue roses were traditionally created by dyeing white roses

The rose came to symbolize the Republic of Georgia’s non-violent bid for freedom during its Rose Revolution

The symbol of a rose can also refer to the red rose of Lancaster, and the white rose of York, from the Wars of the Roses period

In some pagan mythologies, no undead or ghostly creatures (particularly vampires) may cross the path of a wild rose. It was thought that to place a wild rose on a coffin of a recently deceased person would prevent them from rising again

Since the earliest times, the rose has been an emblem of silence

Roses were used in very early times as a very potent ingredient in love philters

In Rome it was often customary to bless roses on “Rose Sunday”

In Scotland, if a white rose bloomed in autumn it was a token of an early marriage

The red rose, it is believed by many religions, cannot grow over a grave

Rose leaves thrown into a burning flame are said to give good luck

If a maiden had more than one lover, it is believed in one mythology, she should take rose leaves and write the names of her lovers upon them before casting them into the wind. The last leaf to reach the ground would bear the name of the lover whom she should marry

It is believed that if a rose bush were pruned on St. John’s Eve, it would be guaranteed to bloom in the autumn

Roses are often portrayed by artists. The French artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté produced some of the most detailed paintings of roses

Arise, arise, arouse, a rose!- Eh, a rosy nose? – Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D. (more commonly referred to as the ‘Nowhere Man’), Yellow Submarine (film)

Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein, Sacred Emily (1913), a poem included in Geography and Plays

Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses – James Oppenheim, “Bread and Roses”

O, my love’s like a red, red rose – Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act II, sc. ii

In the driest whitest stretch of pain’s infinite desert, I lost my sanity and found this rose – Rumi

A quarter of annual holiday flower purchases are for Mother’s Day.

Approximately one third of US adults will buy flowers on Mother’s Day.

More men (34%) than women (28%) buy flowers on Mother’s Day.

Easter and Passover flower purchases make up about 13% of annual holiday floral sales.


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