The Language of Roses

What is your beau trying to say on Valentine’s Day?

In Victorian times, colors of flowers had specific meanings and significance. During that time, people were able to communicate with flowers without even saying a word. By mixing rose blooms of different colors purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send the message: “I don’t know what my feelings are yet, but I sure do like you enough to send you roses.” Here is a mixed bunch from the Exeter Area Garden Club to you.

RED

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Osiria Rose – Red roses stand for passion, true love, romance, and desire. The red rose is a classic “I Love You” rose, making it a popular choice for Valentine’s Day. When red roses are used for a bridal bouquet, they represent bliss in the marriage as well as true respect and appreciation toward one another. A deep red rose can mean that you are ready for commitment, and have a deep passion for that person.

PINK

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Pink Rose – pink roses can stand for femininity, elegance, refinement, and sweetness. But the pink rose can also have additional meanings depending on its shade. A deep or hot pink rose can convey gratitude, appreciation, recognition and is a great way to say “thank you,” while a light or pale pink rose conveys grace, gentleness, joy, and happiness.

ORANGE

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Orange Rose with Dew Drops – Orange symbolizes confidence, warmth and enthusiasm for life.

YELLOW

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Vienna Charm Rose – Trading out romance for simple, ordinary cheer, yellow has one of the brightest meanings of flowers and represents friendship.

GREEN

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Rosa Chinensis Viridiflora – Green is the color of nature. It is optimistic; green is alive; green is refreshing. It is also a color indicative of peace and tranquility. Green roses can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health.

BLUE

A White Rose Dyed Blue – A blue rose is elusive. They cannot be achieved naturally so they represent the unattainable or the mysterious. Blue roses therefore embody the desire for the unattainable. They say “I can’t have you but I can’t stop thinking about you”.

PURPLE

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Purple stands for enchantment. The giver of the purple rose seeks to convey that he or she has fallen in love with the recipient at the very first sight. Purple is also tied with royalty, dignity and pride which represent admiration and achievement.

WHITE

White Climbing Rose – White roses show purity, reverence and innocence. This is often connected with respect, modesty and virtuousness. For most people, receiving white roses suggests sophistication and humility.

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