Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The Meaning of Roses

With Valentine’s Day almost upon us, I thought it would be interesting to look at the different rose colors and their meanings. I love growing roses and personally prefer "hot " colors, such as reds, yellows and oranges. But when you are sending roses, the colors you select send a meaning, or so we’ve been led to believe by the floral industry.

Red roses mean love, passion and respect

White roses indicate spiritual love and purity

Pink roses mean happiness, appreciation, friendship, admiration, and sympathy

Lavender roses show love at first sight

while, yellow roses say "I care," friendship, joy, gladness, freedom

Peach roses indicate modesty and coral roses mean desire

If you are the lucky recipient of roses for Valentine's Day, here are a few tips for making the flowers last longer:

1. Change the water daily and make sure that leaves and other bits of plant material are not left in the water.

2. Use the floral preservative that came with your roses.

3. Roses will last longer if the room is cool.

4. Re-cut the stems every other day or so.

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