The Language of Roses

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It’s the turn of the Queen of the Flowers to be in the spotlight. With its magnificent appearance, the classic rose is a welcome guest in every home. The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians discovered the beauty of the romantic rose many thousands of years ago. Unfortunately, we had to wait to the 16th century. Since then, the rose’s popularity has been growing non-stop, and new varieties are added every year resulting in an abundance of choice. One thing is clear: the rose will be with us for a long time.

Over the age, Roses have inspired people to develop a language of roses by ascribing meanings to their colour, variety or number of roses given to someone. For example, traditionally, nothing beats saying “I Love You” more than with a single, red rose (I hope my husband is reading this!). The heart-shaped petals represent love and trust, and the thorns indicate that love is not all roses! Did you know that every colour has its own meaning?

It’s always good to know the symbolic meanings associated with roses when you gift them to your loved ones so here’s a little guide to rose flower meanings below to help you…


RED = LOVE AND RESPECT

Red varieties include: 'My Mum', 'My Dad', 'Alecs Red', 'Deep Secret', 'Loving Memory', 'Etoile de Holland', 'Pauls Scarlet', 'Warm Welcome'.

Rosa 'My Mum' and 'Loving Memory'

 

WHITE = TRUE LOVE, INNOCENCE, DIGNITY

White varieties include:  'Iceberg', 'Ice Cream', 'Pascali', 'Kiftsgate', 'Diamond', 'Peace', 'Wedding Day'.

Rosa 'Iceberg' and 'Pascali'


PINK = LUCK, GRATITUDE, PURITY

Pink varieties include:  'Special Friend', 'Maid of Kent', 'Pink Perpetue', 'Congratulations', 'The Fairy', 'Many Happy Returns', 'Happy Anniversary', 'Pink Martini', 'Special Anniversary'.

Rosa 'Special Friend' and 'Pink Perpetue'


ORANGE = LONGING, APPRECIATION, SYMPATHY

Orange varieties include: 'Lady Marmalade', 'Super Trouper', 'Remember Me', 'Simply The Best', 'Scent from Heaven', 'Conservation', 'Sweet Magic'.

Rosa 'Lady Marmalade' and 'Super Trouper'


YELLOW = INTIMATE FRIENDSHIP, SOLIDARITY

Yellow varieties include:  'Absolutely Fabulous', 'Birthday Girl', 'Mountbatten', 'Freedom', 'Sunny Sky', 'Golden Showers', 'Sweet Memories', 'Global Beauty'.

Rosa 'Absolutely Fabulous' and 'Golden Showers'

We have hundreds more varieties for you to choose from so come and have a look!  For advice on planting roses and looking after them please click here.

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