Monday, June 18, 2012

The Color of Roses

June is National Rose Month

Have you ever wondered what each of the rose colors mean? Are you sending the right message?
What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet... ~William Shakespeare in Romeo & Juliet
Red: In general, the red rose portrays beauty, passion, courage and respect. A symbol of romantic love and desire. It could say "congratulations" or "I love you."

If married, they expresses domestic paradise that is both passionate and abiding.

The amount of roses received also have meaning. A single rose stands for simplicity. A rose in full bloom means "I love you" or "I love you still."
  • 6: "I miss you"
  • 7: infatuation
  • 12: "I love you" and "appreciation for companionship"
  • 18: "I'm sorry and I beg your forgiveness"
  • 25: congratulations
  • 50: unconditional love
A red rosebud conveys youthful love, innocent and fresh. 

Make sure your rose is fresh! A withered rose signifies that the passion you once felt has dwindled and your love is dying. 

White: Purity, innocence, silence, secrecy, truth, reverence, humility, youthfulness. It says, "I am worthy of you." Heavenly, loyalty, platonic love or everlasting, pure love.

In a wedding bouquet, it signifies that the bride is a virgin and that she is pure and untarnished.

As with the reds, a white rose that's dying means "fleeting beauty" or "you made no impression."

A sample of the beautiful bridal bouquets
we can make!
Pink: Appreciation, "thank you," grace, perfect happiness, admiration, affection, "please believe me" femininity, a gentle beginning of a wonderful relationship. 

In a bridal bouquet, it symbolizes joy, pride, and deep affection, happiness and enthusiasm. 

Great for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or significant achievements. 

Yellow: joy, gladness, friendship, delight, promise of anew beginning, "welcome back," "remember me," "I care," jealousy (in Victorian times), "best friend forever!" Also, freedom, contentment, happiness, gratitude, freedom. 

Definitely the sign of friendship alone. 

It can also be a sign of sorrow, bidding farewell.

If married, the yellow rose signifies familiar love, contentment, everlasting joy and a sense of snugness - steadfast affection. Perfect for weddings & anniversaries!  

Blue rose from Brazil
Blue: Blue roses do not exist in nature because they lack the pigment to produce the blue color. White roses can be dyed blue and genetic modification have created blue pigmented roses with blue-to-violet hues. Because of their absence in nature, blue roses have come to symbolize mystery & longing to attain the impossible. 

Someone who receives a blue rose is considered extraordinary. It may also represent "true love" as in "true blue." 

In some cultures, blue roses are traditionally associated with royal blood, thus the blue rose can denote regal majesty and splendor. In Chinese folklore, the blue rose signifies hope against unattainable love.

Next time: Orange, Purple, Green, Brown & Black!

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