The rose is the queen among the flowers, serving as the ultimate expression of love in all forms. From the Greek myths to the Ptolemaic legends of Cleopatra to the infamous “War of the Roses”, the rose has served as a symbol of romantic love to unrequited love. With more than a hundred and fifty species of roses available in our day, the possibilities are endless and would have boggled the minds of those cultivating roses in the Chinese dynasties as early as 1,000 B.C.
In fact, in the language of flowers, roses have their own vernacular for every color, variety, and quantity…
Red Roses show one’s deepest emotions of respect, desire, and passion toward his or her beloved.
Orange roses ignite the energy of passion and attraction, almost as powerfully as the red roses.
Peach or coral roses express felicitations and appreciation to friends and family for every reason.
Yellow roses bring joy, acceptance, and energy to friendships.
White roses signify innocence and purity.
Denoting a new beginning with love, they often adorn the bouquets of new brides.
Furthermore, white roses show humility from the giver that he or she expresses penitence or sympathy or a desire to start anew.
It announces, “I am worthy of love’s pure gift.”
Pink roses offer sweet gentility, grace, and gratitude.
The richer and deeper the shade of pink, the more it shows the gratitude toward those who have made a difference in one’s life.
Lavender roses enthrall the receiver with a message of love at first sight, of being secretly admired.
True purple roses denote splendor and regal elegance, a recognition of another’s divine nature.
Dark roses such as blue, black, or maroon, sadly allude to the elusive emotions of love, of pining for something or someone unattainable.
Green roses offer peace and harmony to those recovering or recommencing in life after change or adversity.
Two-tone roses interestingly combine the sentiments of both colors involved.
A white rose with fringes and brushes of red or pink express unity in love.
Mixed bouquets of roses display a mixture of emotions, incorporating all the feelings attached to individual colors.
Overall, any rose of any color, type or quantity sends a universal message: “Someone loved me enough to give me roses.”
Tea roses signify remembrance of loved ones.
Wild roses are simplicity.
Cabbage or English roses are the envoys of love.
China roses bring newness to love.
Full-petaled roses express dignity and generosity.
A single red rose says “I love you!”
A single white rose assures, “The feelings of my heart are pure.”
A single pink rose proclaims, “I like everything about you.”
A single orange rose boasts, “I am proud of you and your accomplishments.”
A single yellow rose beams, “You bring the greatest joy into my life. I love your friendship.”
A single peach rose graciously states, “Thank you for your kindness.”
Or, it may also tenderly express “I sympathize with your heartache.”
A single lavender rose whispers, “You are enchanting to me.”
A single blue or nearly black rose laments, “I love you with all my heart, but I now realize that I can never attain that dream.”
Those deserving accolades for their virtue may wear a couronne of roses.
Three long-stem red roses encourage lovers to be together in love’s embrace.
A dozen red roses, the most popular quantity to give, invites “I love you. Be my Valentine.”
Fifty red roses overwhelmingly express “I love you eternally.”
And, from the abundant bouquet of roses in full bloom, intermingled with other flowers and fauna, a message of gratitude and appreciation prevails.
Like the roses of the ancient world, the teardrop bud unfurls into a circular bloom, full-petaled and fragrant, with impeccable balance and symmetry. Love is a rose which emerges and unfurls, laying back its graceful petals, and captivating the heart and soul with its sweet perfume. Love is the beauty, joy, and grace of the rose.
Frame your love with the gift of roses.
Cultivate the beautiful life.
Robyn J. Mock
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