If you’re sending flowers to someone this Valentine’s Day, there’s a good chance they will be red, red roses. With their deep layers of petals, endlessly appealing scent and rich, crimson color, there’s just nothing like a red rose to symbolize your abiding love and affection. At Peoples Flower Shops, we’ve got you covered, with literally stem upon stem of February 14th’s signature bloom sitting in our workshop just waiting for our designers to work them into showstopping arrangements.
The rose is an incredible flower. It has been used both as a symbol of true love and as an emblem during war. Its petals are soft and delicate, yet the rosebush is one of the hardiest plants in the world. Roses are used to express the most intimate of sentiments, yet rosebushes are often used for security and protection. The rose is known as the Queen of flowers for good reason – and this June, during National Rose Month, the experts at Peoples Flowers would like to share some amazing facts about this extraordinary flower.
Valentine’s Day is set aside each year to celebrate the adventure that is love – and whether you are just starting out or have spent decades together, flowers are an integral part of the day. In fact, polls have shown that Valentine’s flowers are by far the most popular gift on February 14th – with 61% of respondents stating that they gave flowers on this special day. The floral designers at Peoples Flowers are privileged to hear many of the love stories of the people who come into our store, and we are happy to play a small part in your adventure.
The second highest gift on the list goes hand in hand with flowers, traditionally – chocolate! Nearly 50% of respondents said that the sweet treat was a part of their Valentine’s Day traditions. Continue reading
The month of June is about celebrating one of our favorite flowers – the rose. Not only does this cherished bloom have the privilege of being the official birth flower of the first month of summer, but June 12th is also Red Rose Day, a day which gives one rose a special place of honor. The esteemed position of the rose as the reigning queen of the floral kingdom is not new – Throughout history, roses have been sought after by all levels of society, but most notably the rich, royal and powerful. Here are some interesting facts about the iconic rose.
Greeks & Romans both adored the rose, which had ties to both Aphrodite and Venus. But it was the Roman emperor Nero who made roses the stuff of legend – he was rumored to shower thousands of pounds of rose petals on top of his guests in a show of wealth and excess.
The Egyptian queen Cleopatra had her bedroom completely covered with rose petals, sometimes many inches deep. Her intent was to make her love interest Marc Antony think of her when ever he traveled abroad and smelled a rose.
The rose has been tied to the Christian tradition, associated primarily with the Virgin Mary; Confucius wrote about roses in his literature and as such, Buddhism has associations with the rose as well.
In some of the earliest displays of utilizing roses as wedding flowers, newly married couples in ancient Rome often wore floral rose wreaths on their heads after the ceremony.
Women in the elite levels of Roman society used rose petals and rose water both to barter as well a form of currency.
The civil War of the Roses raged for over three decades in England. The conflict was so named because the two warring factions each adopted a rose as their symbol – The House of York a white rose; and the House of Lancaster a red one.
Today, our motives for displaying roses are far more friendly; whether for birthdays or to declare your love, the rose is always an elegant choice. Select red roses for your sweetheart, a yellow arrangement for your best friend, or pink bouquet for your mom – whatever you choose, the best place in Albuquerque to find beautiful roses is right here at Peoples Flower Shops.
The birth flower for the month of June is the rose. The rose is the ultimate expression of love, desire, and passion. The rose (not necessarily red, however,) is the sacred symbol of the Ancient Goddesses, Aphrodite, and Venus. It is also connected with Adonis, Cupid, and Eros – who was Aphrodite’s son. As a symbol for the month of June, roses convey certain meanings, including an intense fulfillment of desires, a full life, and vitality.
Some Historical Information on Roses
Roses most likely originated in China. Now they are grown from Africa to the Americas and from the Far East to Eastern Europe. A Sumerian Cuneiform tablet from around 2860 B.C. mentioned roses. What may be the earliest evidence of roses was found in rose fossils from 35 million years ago. Confucius noted that the Chinese Imperial Library had many books about roses.
When the English War of the Roses was being fought in the 15th century, botanists were actively growing and hybridizing different rose species. After his victory in that battle, King Henry VII asked that botanists create a Tudor Rose. That rose subsequently became England’s national flower. It also happens to be the national flower of the United States.
Understanding the Meaning of Common Rose Colors
Red roses are always seen as an expression of love. Red roses can express your deepest emotions such as desire, love, longing, or passion. They can also express admiration, devotion, or respect. A rose in a deep red shade can also represent a sense of sorrow, or it can convey a feeling of deep regret about something.
Orange roses are reminiscent of a fiery blaze. They symbolize energy and passion. They also express a fervent and intense desire. Next to red roses, orange roses suggest romantic or passionate feelings.
Pink roses are used to express feelings of admiration, gratitude, or joy. Light pink suggests sweetness and innocence while deep pink symbolizes appreciation and gratitude. Pink is also connected with grace and elegance.
White roses represent new beginnings, which is why they are often used in bridal bouquets. White also suggests chastity, innocence, and purity as well as humility, spirituality, and sympathy.
Yellow roses convey happy feelings such as caring, friendship, and joy. They are never connected with romantic feelings, so the emotions they convey are connected with platonic love.
Don’t let the range of available rose colors confuse you when you’re looking for the perfect birthday gift. Our Rose Sorbet consists of a range of sorbet-colored roses that we neatly arrange in a bubble bowl, and then we add coffee berries as accents.
Let our experienced People’s Flowers designers help you choose the perfect arrangement of roses for the June birthday of a special person in your life.