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Stop and Smell the Roses

Stop and Smell the Roses

Roses are a staple in the floral industry. They are a highly coveted flower on Valentine's Day, and year round. Roses are one of the most popular flowers in the world, and for good reason. They come in almost all colours, and many different shapes and sizes. Keep reading to learn more about these beauties!

The Rose in Mythology

The rose holds an important place in many places of history. From the War of the Roses and Cleopatra, to the Greeks and Romans, the rose has stood for peace, war, and love.

One origin story of the rose comes from Greek mythology and Chloris, the goddess of flowers and springtime. Chloris discovers the body of a woodland nymph. She is so saddened by its death, that she breathes life into the nymph and transforms its body into a flower. Zephyrus clears the clouds in the sky so Apollo can shine the sun down on the flower. Aphrodite would add beauty, and Dionysys gives the flower an intoxicating aroma. The Graces then give the blossom the gifts of charm, joy and splendor. It was then decided that this was indeed the "Queen of Flowers," and Aphrodite named the flower Rose for her son, Eros, the god of love.

This is just one of many stories about the creation of the rose.

Roses are generally sorted into three main groups: Species, Old Garden, and Modern.

Species Roses
Species roses are the oldest variety of roses and the modern roses of today originate from species roses. These are large climbers and more shrub-like. They require less puning, and the flowers are more open and flat.

Old Garden Roses
Old Garden roses are the predecessors of modern roses. These are roses that existed prior to 1867, which is when the first hybrid rose was cultivated, creating the Modern rose. A few classes of Old Garden roses include David Austin roses, Albas, and Tea roses.

Modern Roses
Modern roses began with the "La France" rose, which is a cross between a Hybrid Perpetual rose and a Tea rose. Modern roses are often what a person thinks of when they head to their local florist to order a dozen roses. Some classes of Modern roses include Floribunda, Grandiflora, and Hybrid Tea roses.

There's no doubt that roses are meant to be enjoyed. Roses can convey any number of things depending on their colour or even the number of roses you send. Visit your local florist to send a bouquet of roses to someone you love today!

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