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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Rose Knows Bouquet

Spring is in the air! Looking for that special rose to plant or send? Here’s a few favorites of mine along with a few legends.

Roses and Meanings

RED ROSE: proclaims “I love you”and is the ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion

YELLOW ROSE: indicates friendship and is also appropriate for graduations, newlyweds, Texans and new mothers

PALE PINK ROSE: depicts grace, gratitude and gentleness, a joy to behold. They also express happiness and fun

DEEP PINK ROSE: say thank you

LAVENDAR OR LILAC ROSE: indicates the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted

WHITE ROSE: pure white roses are a symbol of truth and innocence. They also send other messages “I miss you” and “You’re heavenly”

CORAL ROSE: express one thing with their passionate color—desire

PEACH ROSE: speak of appreciation, gratitude and also sympathy

ORANGE ROSE: express enthusiasm and desire on the part of the sender

DEAD ROSE: regardless of their color, dead roses scream it’s over loud and clear


PINK AND WHITE: symbolize peace and harmony

RED AND YELLOW: symbolize happiness and celebration

RED AND WHITE: symbolize bonding and harmony

ONE SINGLE RED ROSE: I love you but I’m not going to go broke telling you

TWO ROSES ENTWINED: An engagement or wedding is imminent

Looking for a unique rose bush to plant in your garden? Here are some of my favorites, each featured in my Easter story, Lasting Love.


fragrant blossoms grow in clusters with ruffled edges

mature shrubs will be covered with hundreds of pink and white flowers

perfect rose for a garden party, a child’s birthday or ddance recital


six blooms have a traditional hybrid tea rose form

petals are a romantic shade of warm pink with creamy reverse

great gift for anniversaries and a wonderful backdrop for prom pictures and weddings


larger flower very fragrant

Citrusy aroma enhances each blossom

Fresh summer scent


vintage appeal

fragrance is strong, sweet and spicy

sweet centerpiece


luscious rose with pretty pink flowers with ivory stripes and an apple scent

vigorous blossoms grow on ten to twelve foot cane

fairy-tale backdrop


hybrid tea rose

unusual shimmering jewel-toned rose

Powerful scent reminiscent of old fashioned rose

dark red with vibrant green leaves

big beautiful blossoms on bushy plant

classic and flawless appeal

very hearty and disease resistant

huge climbers and beautiful for lattice


old fashioned rose scent radiates from satiny petals

timeless and romantic appeal


deep mauve lavender flowers

wavy edging trimmed in deeper lavender

highly fragrant and quite hearty

easy to grow and very Victorian




Lasting love



Sharon Donovan said...

Just a note about the Lasting Love rose. It is a climber and quite exotic and unique. As promised, it is hearty and disease free. Like the legendary rose in my Easter story, my Lasting Love rose bush resurrected with the rebirth of spring after a long, harsh Pittsburgh winter! I'm looking forward to another spring, summer and fall of lovely shimmering blossoms. Very vintage and Victorian!

Margaret Tanner said...

Wow Sharon,
Being a rose lover, I find your post very interesting.

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank you, Margaret. Who knew there were so many roses with such a historical backgrounds, huh?

P.L. Parker said...

Good blog. I have a spot in my front gardens right by my porch that has quite a few tea roses in all colors. One of my favorites is the lavender one. I love them and they bloom so much. Always a great spot of color.

Sharon Donovan said...

Patsy, the te roses are so precious, and lavendar is one of my favorite colors. Roses make for a decorative arbor and a great neighborly conversation.

Debra St. John said...

Oooh, roses are my favorite! I really enjoyed this post. Also a great reference for flowers my hero might bring to my heroine at some point!


Sharon Donovan said...

Debra, that's what happened last year when researching rose bushes for my Easter story Lasting Love. I found so many hybrid te rose bushes and got lost in the research. Then I had to go out and buy some to see if they were all that and they were. Research pays off. I was always a rose lover, just never knew about some of the vintage and Victorian with such a romantic background.

Hywela Lyn said...

What a fascinating and informative post, Sharon. I knew the meanings of some of the roses, but not all of them. I love thearing about your favourtie roses too, and your story 'Lasting Love' is beautiful, and just right to read over Easter.

Sharon Donovan said...

Thank, Lyn. I'm so glad you enjoyed Lasting Love. I knew you would be one to appreciate the legend and lore behind our precious rosebuds. If not for writing and the research, all these roses would remain a mystery to me. And now the Lasting Love rose graces my front yard. Lovely.

Mary Ricksen said...

I love roses Sharon. Especially when they have a nice perfume. I once had a black bush, and a lilac one too,
I know that only certain roses will grow in Florida. I have to look for one. I didn't know they existed, just found out. So I am a bit excited. Now I just need a lilac bush.

Sharon Donovan said...

Hi Mary, lilacs have to be my favorite flower in the spring. I love the sweet and mesmerizing scent. Florida soil can be a wee bit touchy, but I know you are up to the challenge, Mary Ricksen. You are woman. Let me hear you roar!