He loves me, he loves me not..
February is one of my favorite months as I’m a big fan of Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, and currently The Bachelor on ABC. Even before I was an aspiring florist the pink and red that swarmed the stores around February 14th always warmed my heart. When I was in elementary school, parents, and the occasional secret admirer, would send balloons and bears to the science lab to be given out at the end of the day. My friends and I would walk REEEAALLLLYYY slow past the door to see if we had anything inside. You were always the envy of the group if you received flowers AND a stuffed animal and you got extra cool points if they came from a boy. It’s one of those holidays that you either love or you hate, and I just love love.
As a florist, I think it’s really important that we’re conveying the right message with our product. Every shade of rose means something different; anything from purity to friendship or royalty. I wanted to touch on a few hues of roses and when they could be sent.
RED: LOVE AND ROMANCE
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. The red rose is practically the mascot for love whether it be a chocolate one from the grocery store aisle you planned to give your crush from your grade school homeroom or if it’s the rose that Nick gave to Corinne on this week’s installment of The Bachelor. It’s a classic, a staple, if you will. Bonus if it was sent to you with a silk rose in the middle and the card said “I’ll love you until the last rose dies.”
PINK: LOVE, GRATITUDE, APPRECIATION
Coming in at a close second for the most used rose to express love would be the pink. I think while the red rose is the classic, the pink rose expresses more femininity, elegance, and grace. There’s also a few differences in shades of pink roses. Light pink roses can stand for gentleness and admiration, but could also be sent as a gift of sympathy. Dark pink roses hold meanings of gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses are great for a nice get well soon or just saying thanks.
ORANGE: ENTHUSIASM OR PASSION
Our Special Events class from the fall did a wedding where the bride wanted orange roses. These arrangements were incredibly colorful, and were accented with blue hydrangeas and orchids. Passion and enthusiasm could definitely been seen in her wedding flowers. Orange does make a statement, that’s for sure. Orange roses could be a good way to say how proud you are of someone or you could just really like the fall. Or Rocky Top.
YELLOW: FRIENDSHIP, JOY, GET WELL
The first thing I think of when this color is mentioned is the state of Texas; the yellow rose of Texas. I did a project on State Funerals in my sympathy arranging class and the First Couple I focused on were the Kennedys, Jackie in particular. The yellow rose is said to represent friendship and welcoming, bringing joy and cheer into a room. As the Kennedys visited various cities in the state of Texas in the days leading up to his assassination in ’63, Jackie was presented with yellow roses. Every time, yellow roses, except for when they arrived in Dallas where she received red. She made a comment about how even the color of the roses reminded her of her husband’s sudden death. Yellow is a subtle color, but it could definitely brighten someone’s day.
PURPLE: ENCHANTMENT, MAJESTY, LOVE AT FIRST SITE
Purple has always been a color connected to regal things. That is no different with roses! Purple roses send you into a time of princesses and fairy tales. I’m sure they were Cinderella’s absolute favorite. So, If you’re trying to win points with your future queen from your biology class you might want to start with a dozen purple roses.
WHITE: PURITY, INNOCENCE, SYMPATHY, SPIRITUALITY
In the olden days, the white rose once stood for true love; a title now held by the coveted red rose. On college campuses, white roses are used a lot in sorority rituals when flowers are needed, often representing purity and innocence. The same use of the flower is conveyed when used in bridal bouquets; the bride wears and carries white to represent purity and virtue in the marriage. White roses are often times used in ceremonies of mourning as well. It is Chinese culture to use all white flowers in arrangements to mourn the loss of a loved one, because colors are used in times of celebration. White is definitely a universal rose color – it can be used at the happiest and saddest times and still convey appropriate meaning.
Roses play such an important role in our lives whether we realize it or not. We’re told they all have their thorns, but that we’re supposed to stop and smell them anyway. Roses, and flowers in general, are pretty key to our seasonal holidays and our day-to-day activities. I hope after reading about these 6 rose colors that you’ll really think about your favorite flowers, or maybe even send some to send a subtle message. I’m a sucker for pink, what about you?