Roses are one of the most timeless flowers in the world and every year in spring I go around saying frequently how much I love them, and sticking my nose in as many as possible.
After this Fieldguided post, of the flowers of London she saw when she was over here visiting, it made me realise how many beautiful types of roses there were around my area. So after work on friday I dawdled my way home with my trusty phone snapping photos of some.
And did you know that every kind of rose means something?! So you are not just giving someone a pretty smelling thing but you are also telling them something. For example:
Red - Love, Romance, Beauty, Passion, I love you; Desire, Courage; Respect
White- Purity, Youth, Pure Love, Virginal, Innocence and purity, I am worthy of you, You're heavenly
Pink - Happiness, Appreciation, Thankfulness, Grace, Gentle Love, Please believe me
Dark Pink - Gratitude, Thank You
Yellow - Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Platonic Love, Jealousy, Freedom
Yellow with Red Tip - Falling in Love
Orange - Fascination, Desire, Passion, Enthusiasm
Red and White - Two colors; Passionate Purity, Unity
Peach - Sincerity, Gratitude, Appreciation, Modesty, Admiration, Sympathy
Lavender - Love at first sight, Enchantment
Black - Death, Farewell
Blue - Impossible, Unattainable, Mystery
Red Rosebud - Symbol of Purity and Loveliness
White Rosebud - Girlhood, Youth
Thornless Rose - "Love at First Sight"
So the next time you give someone roses make sure you are not saying the wrong thing!