A rose by any other name would smell as sweet--
Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
The variety of roses, natural and hybrid, are so great that I could write one a day for an entire year and not cover them all. It might be a fun project but my ADD wouldn't allow it. Besides, beyond knowing they're pretty, are fragrant and I can't grow them, I honestly don't know that much about roses.
Speaking of (well now I'm not exactly speaking of spies and secrets) secret messages, roses have been passed between acquaintances for hundreds of years.We all know roses, especially red ones, speak of love, but what of the other colors? I've always known white to represent purity and yellow friendship. What about purple and orange? Author Keli Gwyn posted a fun blog a few weeks back about this kind of thing. You can check it out here.
Before I wrote this blog I thought roses had been imported into the United States, and some were. Oriental and teacup roses were imported from France right into New Orleans before the Civil War. But many roses are native to the United States, a fact that I didn't know. Something else I didn't know is that roses grow wild in all the states, even Alaska. Oddly, the only place roses aren't indigenous is south of the equator.
Ahhhh, the possibilities are endless, whether you're writing a research paper, an historical, a romance or a contemporary. I for one, want to dig further in Josephine's love for roses and the possibility that Napoleon used his wife's hobby to spy.
History of the Rose
Rose Color Meaning
Number of Roses Meaning
*All pictures came from my mother's garden.
**The quote came from History of the Rose.