The rose is one of the most elegant of flowers global rose. One that has a very large market and has had tons of verses written about it. The flower alone is absolutely gorgeous and when dried makes sinfully scented potpourri. Poems have been written about this posey, it symbolizes love and romance and encourages us to bursts into song at the drop of a hat, hence, “The Rose”, by Bette Midler. How many of you have sung along to that tune? The Rose, in a nutshell, sells, sells, sells. It sells in bath and body products, perfume, room deodorizers, shampoos, jewelry, in tattoos, on fabric, for weddings and funerals, in paintings, in stories and on and on and on. You can buy just about anything with the image of a rose. Everyone loves roses! There’s even an expression, “Everything’s coming up roses”! These flowers are all around us, inside and out.

Roses speak the language of love and each color represents something different. Red signifies love and passion, pink roses are softer, add elegance and symbolize sweetness. White represents unity, purity and loyalty and love that lives past death. Purple roses, yes, there are actually purple roses, mean majesty and eternal love and love at first sight is signified by lilac and lavender roses. One of my favorites, yellow roses represents friendship and harmony in marriage while a black rose signifies, of course, death but also rejuvenation. Just about any holiday is a reason to give a rose and the rose just abut sells itself. Roses are wanted dead or alive. Blooming brightly in all it’s glory or past it’s prime and made into a wreath, roses are a saleable commodity. The naming of roses is another fabulous marketing idea. Who wouldn’t want to have a “lady of the mist” rose in their yard instead of just a pink rose bush? Pretty high faluting, don’t you think? Tons of advertising money is spend on valentine’s day to sell roses and at Christmas time more money is spent on letting the public know about the Christmas rose.

There are many by-products that come from the rose. Dried roses, as mentioned above, for floral decorating, but also rose oil, rose water and even rose hips for vitamin c. Rosehips is a fruit that is the result when rose petals fall off the flower. They are small and look like a cranberry. You can add rosehips to your cooking, if you’re very brave. Applesauce, soup, bread, tea and candy are just some of the food stuffs you could make with rosehips. Do a search on the net for rosehip recipes and I’m sure you’ll find some. Wild or climbing, potted or in a bouquet, in a display or wreath, roses are a source of joy and happiness. Giving or receiving a rose touches something in all of us. And weather you are the giver or receiver of such a gift, you will remember it always.

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