When February 14th is knocking on the door, florists across the world start rubbing their hands together with glee. Flowers, and roses in particular, are one of the most popular Valentine’s gifts. And not just for women surprisingly. An increasing number of men are looking forward to Valentine’s bouquets too.
Flowers are an excellent way to express your feelings, and certain flowers have become associated with certain feelings. Often used to convey a particular kind of message.
Say all You Need to Say With Valentine’s Day Roses
There are a wide variety of feelings associated with giving roses, which makes them perfect for all kinds of occasions, not just as a Valentine’s Day gift. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, or just as an everyday gift, because you want to show them some affection. So what are the different meanings behind the different colored roses?
No one flower says more about how much you love someone than a red rose. One single bloom, or a magnificent bouquet, nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than a red rose.
In Ancient Greece and Rome the red rose was associated with Aphrodite, or Venus, the Goddess of Love. Early Christians associated it with the virtue of the Virgin Mary.
Throughout its history it has long been associated with love, passion and romance.
It appears in literature, art, poetry and films.
Combining the meaning behind red and yellow roses, orange roses are a relatively new hue in the world of roses. It wasn’t until the early 20th century that cultivators started experimenting by crossbreeding yellow and red roses to come up with orange blooms.
It combines the meaning of friendship from a yellow rose, and romance from red, for a subtler meaning of love coming from friendship. The fire in the orange indicates passion and intensity.
Give an orange rose as a message of enthusiasm, whether for congratulations, friendship or love.
Yellow roses are the unofficial flower of friendship. Their cheery color lifts the spirit, and sends general wishes of wellbeing.
Yellow has been historically associated with warm feelings of friendship and optimism. In some Eastern cultures, the color yellow represents joy, power and wisdom.
It wasn’t until yellow roses were discovered growing wild in the Middle East, in the 18th century, that the European love affair with yellow roses began. This early discovery however did not have the heady scent associated with many other rose varieties. This led cultivators to refine their methods and give us the blend of spicy and sweet scents we’re more familiar with today.
White roses are the perfect gift to give for more reverent occasions. It is a very fitting gift if you want to convey respect, and pay homage to a new start or express hope for the future.
Historically it symbolized purity and innocence, which is why it has become popular as a wedding bouquet.
In 14th century England, the Duke of York had a white rose as his heraldic sign. The Lancaster family used a red rose – hence the historic War of the Roses.
Pink was the first cultivated rose color, probably because they are the most popular in the wild.
It has enjoyed a long history since the early days, used in art and decoration. But the Victorians really went mad for pink roses. It was everywhere – from cards and wallpaper, to upholstery.
There are a wide variety of pink shades available which has led to the meaning behind pink roses being slightly diffused.
Darker blooms are symbols of gratitude and appreciation.
Lighter blooms are more associated with admiration and gentleness.
The Eternity Rose
There’s one more option that we feel should go on the list, and that’s a rose from The Eternity Rose. Not a rose in the natural sense of the word, but a perfect rose for Valentine’s Day none the less. From their very own nursery, blooms are picked at the height of their beauty, ready to undergo a transformation. A 60 step process then involves dipping the blooms in a precious metal, such as gold, silver and platinum.
What is left is an exquisite rose bloom that will shine and sparkle for many, many years to come. There is even the option of adding an engraving to the stem, which makes it an absolutely awesome Valentine’s Day rose.
- Rose Oil – you can make it at home, or buy some already made at the store.
- Potpourri of Rose Petals – if you’ve already bought a bouquet this is a great idea for when the blooms start to fade.
- Rose Water – sprinkled onto sheets, it adds a sensual scent to your bedroom.
- Add them to a Meal – yes rose petals are edible, and a few dotted on the top of a dessert make it so dreamy.
- A Bath full of Rose Petals – we particularly like this idea. What a way to treat your beloved on Valentine’s Night.
Delight her with Roses – but not a Bouquet or Vase
Shower your special someone with roses this Valentine’s Day but in a more unconventional way.
Valentine’s Day only comes round once a year, so make the most of the day with Valentine’s Day roses.