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A flower of beauty which symbolises many aspects of life and which has been revered by poets and dramatists through the ages. Shakespeare and Burns both used the rose as a symbol of love and romance.

There is a saying that “life may not always be a bed of roses” – that is good as roses tend to be very thorny!

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Red roses mean romantic love; they're the "Valentine roses," par excellence.

Purple, coral and orange challenge red as the color for Valentine roses. The rose color meanings for these 3 are as follows:

The specific purpose of purple roses is to signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.

Meanwhile, coral signals desire.

And orange roses, along with apricot, can note enthusiasm.

The meaning of yellow roses is joy and friendship.

We express our gratitude and appreciation with pink roses....

While feelings of admiration and sympathy find words with roses that are light pink in color.

Peach is more ambiguous, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.

Their purity naturally enough lends to white roses the meaning of reverence and humility.

The fragrance of the rose has long inspired poets and lovers. One legend says the red rose came from the blood of the Greek love goddess Aphrodite. The name of Aphrodite’s son Eros, god of love, is an anagram for rose. Folktales that come from China to Europe tell similar stories about the rose’s symbolism as the unfolding of both spiritual and physical love and perfection.

Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon's empress, was an ardent rose lover and had a collection of over 250 varieties.

What's in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet. — William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act II, sc. Ii

O, my love's like a red, red rose/That's newly sprung in June — Robert Burns, A Red, Red Rose

The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious to the rose - Kahlil Gibran

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