The Rose

Roses
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Meet the Queen of Flowers: the rose. The majestic rose derives this title from its worldwide popularity as the prettiest girl in the class. So whoever and wherever you are, roses are always welcome.

Colours and shapes

Red, white, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. Bicoloured or multi-coloured. Big, small, short stem, long stem. When you’re feeling especially romantic, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer choice of roses on offer and every year there are dozens of new varieties added to the range. On some, the rose’s heart is even green; this ‘grass heart’ is actually the base of the flower growing up through the head.   

The rose’s symbolism

The heart-shaped leaves represent love and trust, and the thorns indicate that love is not always a bed of roses. Red roses in particular are inextricably linked to love, but did you know that every colour has its own meaning? 

  • Red: love and respect.
  • White: true love, purity, dignity, chastity.
  • Pink: happiness, gratitude, virtue.
  • Orange: longing, appreciation, sympathy.
  • Yellow: intimate friendship, solidarity.

Combinations of colours and combinations with other flowers also have a meaning. For example, a white and pink rose combined express the wish to always be together. Roses in a bouquet symbolise gratitude, and a single rose in a large bouquet says “you’re the person I love, you’re the one for me!” 

Origin of the rose

The Greeks, Romans and Egyptians discovered the beauty of the romantic rose many thousand years ago. We had to wait until the 16th century. Luckily it was worth waiting for!

Bouquet inspiration with roses 

The rose is perfect for a classic bouquet, but there are also other possibilities. Combine different colours of roses with other colours and types of flower for a playful yet stylish bouquet. However impossible it may seem to add even more love to a bouquet, lilacs can do it or alternatively, stock and gerberas create a gorgeous, effortless display. As you can see in the photo, the choice of vase also has a major impact on the overall look. You can make this cheerful bouquet yourself, or ask your florist to help you. 

Caring for roses

Tips to ensure that you can enjoy your roses for a long time:

  • Give roses a clean vase with clean water.
  • Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
  • Cut or trim 3 to 5 cm off the stems diagonally with a sharp and clean knife.
  • Where possible leave the thorns on the stems.
  • Regularly top the vase up with tap water
  • Finally don’t place your roses in a draught, in full sunlight, near a source of heat or beside the fruit bowl.   Source: BBH