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About Roses

With their array of eye-catching colours and big blousy blooms it's easy to understand the universal appeal of the rose.

An enduringly popular cut flower, roses have been used throughout history as a symbol of both love and war.

Today, it is thought that there are more than 150 different species of rose being grown across the world, a testament to the true appeal of this prised flower
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Did you Know?
  • The rose is the national flower of England and comes in all colours and shades including green, although there is no true black or blue rose.

  • Roses were originally native to China but are now grown all across the world.
Given as a gift, different coloured roses are supposed to hold different meanings. Red is the colour of love and is a favourite for Valentine's Day while purple roses are meant to symbolize the enchantment of love at first sight.

Yellow roses are traditionally sent as a sign of friendship and pink roses as a sign of gratitude. White roses symbolize purity and innocence.
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The Meaning of Roses
Red roses convey deep emotions like love, longing or desire, but they can also be used to express respect, courage, admiration and devotion. The number of red roses given is also significant.

A single red rose means new love or love at first sight, while a dozen red roses conveys the message of 'be mine' and 'I love you'.
The fiery orange rose signifies passionate desire, enthusiasm and fascination.

It is a particularly good choice to include in a bouquet if you're in a new relationship that you wish to pursue further.
Lavender roses convey enchantment, and are sent to express love at first sight or to make a special impression.

Darker shades of lavender are often used for formal occasions, such as weddings and proms.
In the Victorian era, yellow roses were synonymous with jealousy, but today they are used to express sunnier emotions such as friendship, joy, gladness, freedom or new beginnings.

Unlike other roses, the yellow rose does not have any romantic connotations. It expresses purely platonic emotions.
Dark pink roses show appreciation and gratitude, while light pink blooms convey admiration and sympathy.

Pink roses also denote elegance and grace, so are often combined with red roses in Valentine bouquets.
White is associated with purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are traditionally used in bridal bouquets to symbolise a happy love.

They can also be used to convey sympathy or humility, and have been known to express the message of 'you are heavenly, I miss you'.
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Caring for Roses
Roses are a delicate flower so will need a great deal of tender, loving care in order to maintain their freshness and beauty for the longest time possible. We recommend following these simple guidelines to help your roses stay looking their very best.
How To Care For Roses

  1. Fill a clean vase three quarters full with lukewarm water and add your flowers food as directed on the packet.

  2. Remove any foliage that will sit below the waterline as submerged leaves can decay and cause bacteria. Be careful not to damage the stem when you do this.

  3. Cut approximately 2cm from the bottom of the stems with a sharp knife or scissors. Cutting at an angle will result in a larger surface area from which your roses can drink.

  4. Display your roses at home in a cool spot, out of direct sunlight and heat sources.

  5. Keep the water topped up and change it every other day. Remove all foliage in contact with water.

  6. Once your roses begin to fade, re-cut the stems again to see if you can revive them.
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