Did you know that the rose is about 35 million years old?. No neither did I. There are over 150 kinds of roses available all over the world.
People started to grow roses as far back as 5,000 years ago, some say it all started in China.
Long ago Greeks and Romans named the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite being the Greek name and Venus being the Roman name. I am sure you have heard people say "Venus of Love".
During the Roman era roses were used as confetti, medicinal purposes and also made into perfume. (Rose water)
I am sure some of you have heard of "The War of the Roses". In England between 1455-85 civil wars broke out between Houses of Lancaster and York to occupy the English throne. They both had their own, so called badges. The white rose of York and the red rose of Lancaster. And that's were the name "War of the Roses" came from.
So lets start with the meaning of the red rose.
The red rose symbolizes love, passion and fidelity. That's why on Valentines day, anniversaries and some birthdays some of us are lucky enough to be given these beautifully rich lustrous red roses.
How many roses you give your sweetheart also has meaning.
The color white symbolizes new beginnings in life, whether it's getting married, moving house, the birth of a baby or just a new direction in someones life, this is the rose to give.
White Rose Meaning: The white rose symbolizes purity, innocence, young love, secrecy and true love. The white rose is used a lot at weddings because of this and is known as the 'bridal rose' or 'flower of light'.
Did you know, Queen Victoria had white roses when she married Prince Albert in 1840. It was after that, gentlemen started sending roses to their lady friends meaning they were special. (That must make it the queen of all roses).
On the other hand, it also is identified with honor, admiration, remembrance, heavenliness and spiritual love. You might have seen them used a lot at funerals and sympathy arrangements.
Yellow is a cheerful color and means: Happiness, spring time and friendship. What a perfect rose to give for a "thank you for being a friend", "I love you as a friend" in a platonic way. Personally I would not sent yellow roses to someone I love because it is said to represent jealous, something to hide, secrets....
Or perhaps a get well rose basket, to bring a ray if sunshine into a room, because a long time age yellow was associated with warmth and sunshine.
Roses are the perfect bloom to make into a homemade gift basket idea. Bright, colorful and some have wonderful perfumes. You can use just roses or mix them with other beautiful flowers and foliage. A Valentines floral Rose basket, the best romantic gifts for your Romeo or Juliet or just as a friendship gift.
If you mix roses with other flowers this will cut the cost down a lot. You will need fewer roses and the end result looks fantastic. It's not difficult to make.
One red, white or yellow rose or a basket of roses. If you are a beginner at making your own floral gift baskets, don't worry, stick to a round or oval shape basket for the best results and don't forget to line your basket.If you have roses in your garden a good way to use all those rose petals is to make potpourri gifts. Dry the petals and add some fragrant flowers, leaves and spices and you have a great potpourri gift.
..... filled with Roses for your Birthday, Valentine's or maybe a thank you basket? or did you make a stunning Rose gift basket for your friend's special occasion?
I would love to hear your stories.
Always cut rose stems under water. This stops air getting into the stems and prevents the Roses from drooping.
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You received some gorgeous Roses for a special occasion and you would like to keep them. Why not dry your Roses and keep the memories for ever.