Pretty Pink Roses


The October roses are looking beautiful and I couldn't help but notice just how wonderfully eye-catching pink roses are. There are so many hues of pink, each beautiful in their own right. If planted collectively in the garden, the different tones create a delightful kaleidoscope of pinks that draw in the eye.

Photo by Rebecca on Unsplash
Photo by Rebecca on Unsplash

The word 'rose' is derived from the Latin 'rosa', which means flower. It's also girl's name, - Rose, Rosie or Rosetta - and many other variants. These names reached the height of popularity at the turn of the 20th century.

"That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet

In the Language of Flowers, a means of communication in the Victorian Era, the colours of flowers symbolised more detailed emotions that just the flowers themselves.

Pink is a softer, more delicate colour that the fiery passion of red. Pink roses symbolise happiness and gratitude. While they have less of a romantic connotation than their crimson cousins, they are often used at weddings as a symbol of happiness. Roses in mid tones of pink carry this meaning, while those of a lighter hue have an underlying innocence, symbolising grace and elegance. Dark pink roses express gratitude and admiration.

If you have roses in your garden, regularly snipping the spent flowers encourages new growth. Display the cut blooms in a jar of water - a wonderful way to bring the beauty and fragrance of roses into your home.

When should you send pink roses?

Pink roses are one of the most versatile of flowers - you can send this floral gift to any special person in your life. They're appropriate for a friend on her birthday, as a Mother's Day gift or to welcome a new baby into the family.

© Gina Hartoog

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