Connie, the senior stylist from Beato Singapore florist – Connie has over a decade of experience in Floristry, passion started when she helped out at her uncle’s flower shop in Australia.
scientific facts about the rose.
- What is rose?
The Scientific Name for Rose which not many of us know is Rosa berberifolia & we have many rose species. Can anyone make a guess how many species are there? There are actually 100-150 species and some examples of the species are the David Austin (most expensive), and the (Connie to list a few + show actual example if possible through PHOTOS?) We can get different roses from different countries like: China, Holland, India etc… They vary in size and also the smell. As for Fresh, they use one of the best rose, called the Damask rose, farmed specially in Isparta Turkey as they produce the purest rose oil and rosewater.
- The Language of Roses (Rose Flower Meanings by Color & Number)
Now that we know where roses come from, let’s learn the Language of Roses. Traditionally, the rose is considered the flower of love. Nothing beats red roses in saying “I Love You” on Valentine’s Day. So it’s always good to know the symbolic meanings associated with roses when you gift them to your loved ones. When you consciously choose a certain color, variety or number of roses for someone, you bring a whole new depth to the gesture of gifting roses.
Can you name me the different colors of Roses you can think of?
Red Roses: A red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Red roses convey deep emotions – be it loves, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all which conveys “Be mine” and “I love you”
White Roses: White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are generally associated with new beginnings. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility. They also are indicative of spirituality. Hence, white roses also follow suit.
Yellow Roses: Yellow roses are an expression of exuberance. Yellow roses evoke sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring.
Pink Roses: There are a lot of variations of the pink rose. Over all, pink roses are used to convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also signify elegance and grace.
Orange Roses: While a yellow rose reminds us of the sun, an orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze. These fiery blooms signify passion and energy. Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance.
Lavender Roses: Lavender rose like its color conveys enchantment. It also expresses “love at first sight”. Darker shades of lavender roses (close to purple) convey a sense of regal majesty and splendor. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration.
Blue Roses: A perfectly blue rose is still elusive like the perfectly black rose. Blue roses cannot be achieved naturally so they represent the unattainable or the mysterious. Blue roses therefore embody the desire for the unattainable. They say “I can’t have you but I can’t stop thinking about you”
Green roses: Green is the color of harmony, of opulence, of fertility. It is also a color indicative of peace and tranquility. Green roses (these are off-white roses with shades of green) can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health
Black Roses: Black is the color of death and farewell. A black rose, like the blue rose remains elusive. What we know as black roses are actually really dark red roses. Black roses convey the death of a feeling or idea. Sending black roses to someone indicates the death of the relationship.
Mixed Roses: By mixing rose blooms of different colors purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send a message: “I don’t know what my feelings are yet but I sure do like you enough to send you roses.”
A single rose says a lot and a lot more distinctly. Find out it what it says in different colors.
- A single red rose says: “I love you”
- A single pink rose says: “I like you”
- A single blue rose says: “You seem like an unattainable dream”
- A single lavender rose says: “I am enchanted by you”
- A single peach rose says: “Thank you” “I sympathize with you”
- A single white rose says: “My feelings are pure”
- A single yellow rose says: “You bring joy to my life” “Let’s be friends”
- A single orange rose says: “I am proud of you”
- Rose Flower Meanings based on Number
Apart from the color, the number of roses also has a story to tell. The number symbolism applies only to red roses. So when you send a bunch of red roses or receive it count the blooms and read below what the numbers are saying:
1: “I Love you”, “You are the one for me”
3: “You and me and our love for company”
12: “Be Mine”
50: “My love for you is limitless”
- Uses of rose in modern times
The Rose has various uses; from the petals, the leaves even to the rose hips, most part of the flower is utilized in the best way possible. Uses of rose are spread across different aspects like Ornamental/ Medicinal/culinary/Cosmetics.
Ornamental: The majority of roses are used or grown for decorative purposes. E.g. Decorate gardens.
Rose petal is used for decoration too for special occasions.
Culinary: Roses are immensely used in all over the world for culinary purposes. E.g. the petals of rose are also used to make herbal tea, flavoring, coloring. Dried and crushed rose hips are also commonly used to make herbal teas. Rose petals are commonly used in potpourris, and can be added to salads, jellies and jams.
Medicinal & Cosmetics: Apart from ordinary regular usage roses have had their abundant usage in the medicinal sectors and cast a soothing effect in mind and body. Rose essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, making it ideal to topically treat a host of ailments including abrasions, burns and skin conditions. It has also been used to ease sore throats, fever and cough. You can use rose water to treat acne, add to a tea to calm sore throats, and of course, pour it in a bath for a luxurious experience, and more. Roses are useful to people those prone to chest problems by fighting against infections. Rose petal tea is an excellent remedy for irregular periods and infertility. Roses have an uplifting effect on the nervous system and can relieve insomnia, depression and fatigue. Rose is also considered to be an effective cleanser and purifier.
We see the use of roses in cosmetics and beauty such as perfumes, hand lotions, creams, to skincare as there are many great benefits of the rose.
- Natural Benefits of Rose
The Rose does beauty wonders on the skin. There are 7 natural benefits of roses.
Antibacterial: Naturally antibacterial rose essential oil makes can help treat acne and acne-prone skin. Combined with its cleansing properties, rose makes an ideal ingredient in face washes and cleansers.
Anti-inflammatory: Rose oils can actually help reduce swollen spots or redness on your skin.
Its calming properties can also help sooth eczema.
Antioxidants: Rose contains high amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant. This important vitamin can help protect skin cells from damage, such as from staying out in the sun too long. Some evidence even suggests that rose water can help prevent sunburn.
Moisturizing: The natural oils found in roses help lock moisture into the skin, keeping skin feeling smooth. Rose is especially beneficial for those with sensitive skin because the sugars in its petals create a soothing feeling.
Natural fragrance: Many organic beauty products choose to include rose for its delicate aroma in lieu of artificial fragrances.
Relaxing: When used aromatically, rose calms and soothes the mind. In fact, rose petals are a staple in Ayurvedic medicine to detoxify and calm. Rose-scented lotion or cream is extra pleasant experience.
Toning: As a natural astringent, rose helps tighten pores and restore suppleness for a glowy complexion. Unlike conventional alcohol-based toners, rose leaves skin feeling smooth, not dried out.