Introduction:Roses have been around for centuries and are believed to have come from the Mediterranean countries as well as China around 500 BC. There are over 1000 hybrid varieties of roses in the world today and each one is full of beauty and splendor. The rose is considered to be the mother of all flowers.
"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"~Shakespeare~
Roses are the flower to express emotion and feelings. They come in many beautiful colors and each color has a significant meaning that has evolved into more expression through the years.
Red roses symbolize love, passion,romance and desire. Rose buds convey new love while fully bloomed roses say " I still love you."
Yellow roses are the color of friendship, familiar love, happiness and sympathy.
White roses are the bride's flower symbolizing purity, sincerity, unity and a love stronger than death.
Pink roses signify gentleness, poetic romance and elegance.
Orange roses are great for a graduation gift or a promotion.
Peach roses express sincere thankfulness or appreciation for someone's accomplishments.
Purple roses symbolize majestic glory and eternal love. Lilac or lavender speak of first love and deep purple roses represent intimacy and memories of a lost spouse.
Many dark red purple roses have fruit in their leaves called "rose hips." Rose hips are a berry-like structure rich in vitamin C that are eaten by fruit-eating birds such as thrushes, waxwings and finches. Rose hips is also used in natural vitamin supplements.
Roses area highly popular for ornamental, showy flowers. They are often used as hedges, trellis cover, landscaping and rose gardens. Cut roses can be seen in various, beautiful settings all over the world.
Roses have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. China has uses roses for traditional medicine and stomach problems. They are now being studied as a natural remedy to stop cancer growth. Rose water is a popular skin softener and rose hips can be found in many skin products and some cosmetics.
Rose petals are steam distilled for the fragrant essential rose oil. Most rose oil production takes place in "Rose Valley" near Bulgaria. Rose oil is used for religious practices as well as cooking, and France has its popular rose syrup.
Roses can be grown successfully with a little expert guidance and TLC.
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