June’s official flower is the “Rose”. William Shakespeare’s famous quote form “Romeo and Juliet” where he questions… “What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But what a beautiful name “Rose”, it aptly fits one of our most beautiful, graceful and fragrant flowers for no other flower evokes such emotion or conveys such passion and pure love than the beautiful rose.
One the world’s oldest flowers, rose fossils dating back some 35 million years have been found in Colorado. The ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia in 2860BC wrote about roses in a system of writing called a cuneiform tablet found in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. In ancient China around 500BC Confucius noted that the Imperial Chinese library had volumes of books pertaining to the various wonderful qualities and varieties of roses. In the 15th century the English were hybridizing roses by cross-breeding varieties. During this period the “War of the Roses” was fought with the eventual winner of the war, Tudor Henry IIV creating the Tudor Rose “aka” The Rose of England by cross-breeding varieties.
Just as the rose has endured throughout all time we use the rose to symbolize enduring and endless love. No coincidence that the official flower for June falls during the month when most wedding anniversaries are celebrated. The rose is also the national flower of the United States and England. It is by far the most popular and gifted flower with over 1.5 billion fresh cut roses purchased last year which equals 4.7 roses for every woman, man and child nationwide. How many roses did you receive this year???
Ok, so it’s been established…we love roses, can’t get enough of them. They are a guy’s “go to flower”…good thing for him women love them too. Why can’t all things be as easy as this? Right guys! The only complicating factor for the guys is what color rose to give? Here again guys, for the wife the go to color is red! Wheeewwwwww….that was easy. The problem is red is not always appropriate because as we all know red roses symbolize “I Love You!” Here again guys you’re safe because most women actually prefer colors other than red! The problem is …what color to give? What meaning will the color convey? Yikes!!! No worries, here’s a list of the colors and their respective meanings.
Red Roses: “I Love You”, 100 red roses means “I’m devoted to you”, and 108 red roses mean “Will You Marry Me?” (not sure why, but that’s what the research says)
Pink Roses: ”You are so sweet” or expresses admiration, represents grace, gentleness and refinement.White Roses: Innocence, purity, youth, white rose buds are appropriate for a father to give to his young daughter.Yellow Roses: “Let’s just be friends” it can represent dying love or platonic love.Peach Roses: Represent modesty and friendship.
Purple Roses: Symbolize love at first sight. Purple roses are appropriate for wedding anniversaries beyond 25 years.
Orange Roses: “Can we be more than friends?” wink, wink, nudge, nudge!When in doubt and you’re not sure what color to send why not send a bouquet of mixed color roses….remember women love all the different colors of roses.
One last comment on Billy Shakespeare’s quote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”……yes, that’s true but, the lighter the color of the rose the sweeter the fragrance as well!!! I wonder if the “Bard of Avon” knew that!