I love roses. They look frail and feminine, yet at the same time, whole and robust. They make beautiful motifs and subjects of paintings, accessories and prints.

Roses come in different varieties and colors. They are usually classified into 3 main groups: wild roses, old garden roses and modern garden roses. Pink, red, white and yellow are the traditional colors but thanks to hybrid cultivation, we now have blue, black and purple roses. According to Victorian ‘language of roses,’ different colored roses each have their own symbolic meaning (courtesy of wikipedia.com):

  • Red: love
  • Pink: grace, gentle feelings of love
  • Dark Pink: gratitude
  • Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
  • White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility.
  • Yellow: Yellow roses generally mean dying love or platonic love. In German-speaking countries, however, they can mean jealousy and infidelity.
  • Yellow with red tips: Friendship, falling in love
  • Orange: passion
  • Burgundy: beauty
  • Blue: mystery
  • Green: calm
  • Black: slavish devotion (as a true black rose is impossible to produce)
  • Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

Last night, a multicolored rose was briefly featured in a local TV show. Geeee… it totally freaked me out. I google searched it and found very few articles about it. Anyways, there’s nothing unusual about the genealogy (or variety) of this rose….it’s just a common garden rose yet ‘magicked’ to produce petals of different colors. You can ask Amy Stewart how the magic was done. I have linked her blog with mine: just click ‘flower girl’ under Fellow Bloggers widget.

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photo courtesy of store.yahoo.co.jp/e-green

Amazing isn’t it? For more pix (or if you want to order), click ‘amazing flowers‘ under Miscellaneous Stuff widget.

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The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose.” – Khalil Gibran

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.” – Mark Overby

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