Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Rose...

Some say love, it is a river...that drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor...that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower...and you, its only seed.

It's the heart, afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
It's the dream, afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give;
And the soul, afraid of dying, that never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow,
Lies the seed that with the sun's love,
in the spring becomes the rose.
~Amanda McBroom

The rose, a symbol of many things to many people... but did you know that traditionally, different roses stand for different things? Or that the number of roses in a bouquet also sends a message?

Red roses are an unmistakable expression of love. They express deep emotion - be it love, longing or desire, respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can also be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow.
(Cinderella - 5 x 7 Fine Art Print by VioletSkais**)

White roses represent humility, innocence, and worthiness. Often referred to as bridal roses, they are associated with new love. They are also the perfect gift from a father to his daughter.

Pairing red roses with white roses expresses unity and lifelong love and commitment. Next time you want to tell your love how much they truly mean to you, give them a dozen red roses with a single white bloom - not only will it convey the feelings of love and unity, but it will symbolize how they stand out above the rest in your world.
(Red and White Roses by suzib123 **)

Pink roses say, "I admire and appreciate you!" Perfect as a thank you gift or expression of congratulations, these blooms can also represent an appreciation of someone's style and grace in life.

(Bittersweet Pink Rose Hair Comb from BigBisous)

Yellow roses were a symbol of jealousy in days gone by. Today they are a symbol of joy and friendship, as well as concern in times of sadness. Not associated with romance, these are the perfect roses for a friend or coworker.

(Vintage Syroco Yellow Shabby Rose Plaque 1960's from VintageNowandThen)

Just like the fiery energy they resemble, orange or coral roses represent excitement, desire, and enthusiasm. Want to convey your passion? Send roses in this color family!

(Autumn's Rose Ring Bearer Pillow by mandaleighf)

Love at first sight? Lavender or purple is the color of choice - it says the recipient is as enchanting as this exquisite flower is rare!

Reverie in Indigo - Purple Rose Necklace w Pearl, and Glass Beads by MysticWynd

While there's no such thing as a truly black rose, the deep black-red roses often referred to as black roses are a symbol of the death of feelings or ideas. Sending these (or worse, receiving them) will assuredly signal the end of a relationship - although wearing accessories like this fascinator will simply elicit an ooh-la-la!

(Black Rose Fascinator with Ostrich Fringe from GlamItUpToppers)

One or Many?

The number of stems given has its own significance as well...

One rose can mean love at first sight if given on a first date, or "I still love you as much as I did back then," when given later in a relationship.
Two roses says, "I love you, and I know you love me!"
Three says- "One for me, one for you, and one to symbolize the love we share!
Six roses says "I'm infatuated with you!" and is perfect for any infatuation from age 6-126!
Want to tell someone you'll be together forever? Then nine is the number of roses you should send.
"Our love is a perfect 10," is symbolized by - you guessed it, 10 blossoms!
A dozen says, "Please be mine."
Thirteen roses represents eternal friendship.
Fifteen roses will make amends when you're sorry for something.
A bouquet of twenty stems says you're as sincere as can be!
Twenty one means you're totally devoted.
Twenty four roses says "I'm yours!"
Congratulate someone with twenty five flowers.
Three dozen will let them know you're "heads over heels in love!"
Forty roses declares that your love is genuine.
And to express a love that knows no bounds, send fifty or more!

Now that you know more about the symbolism of these beautiful flowers, I hope you'll look forward to a rose-y Valentine's day!


**designates an undiscovered or underdiscovered shop!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Rose is my favorite flower.. I love the smell and the beauty they all have...This was blog was very interesting for me being a Rose lover..I am going to print it out and save it..Thanks so much for the great information. blondeforever721

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