Roses are the most popular flowers around the world. As a universal language of love, it is the most common gift given to someone special especially on Valentine's day and other special occasions.
The rose is a flower shrub or vine which is probably the most famous of all flowers in the world. People across all ages choose to gift roses for special occasions to show their affection. We also see a lot of homes use a bunch of roses, whether real or artificial, as an ornament to brighten a room. Having 100 different species of diversified colors, the rose offers everyone a wide variety of choices depending on whether it would be used as a gift or as a room ornament. Traditionally, the rose has always been considered as the universal language of love all over the world. But amidst all those wonderful colors of the rose, have you ever wondered what each of these colors mean?
Over the years, because of its popularity, people have been inspired to develop a “Language of Rose” depending on the color being gifted.
The Red Rose: This is the most popular color of the rose. Giving red roses is the timeless manifestation of love to someone special. Whether you give 3 or 12 red roses, this usually conveys the message “ I love you” and a deep emotional commitment to someone.
The Pink Rose: This color symbolizes sophistication, charm and elegance, and is a subtle counterpart of the red rose. To give a pink bouquet of roses is to express admiration, appreciation, and joy to someone.
The Yellow Rose: Like the color of the sun, yellow roses suggest the feeling of warmth, exuberance, and friendship. Also, as the vibrance of the sun which is the source of life, a bouquet of yellow roses is also given to a person who is sick or not feeling well to wish the person to “ GET WELL.”
The White Rose: White denotes innocence and purity which are generally associated with new beginnings. Hence, traditionally, white roses are used for bridal bouquets of first time brides. The purity of white also conveys spirituality and divinity, which makes white roses popularly given to offer sympathy or to give love and respect to someone.
The Orange Rose: Compared to the yellow rose which reminds us of the warmth of the sun, the orange rose exudes a fiery blaze. Hence, the orange rose signifies passion and energy for someone being gifted with its bouquet.
Mixed Roses: To send a variety of colors in a bouquet of roses is an expression of random and mixed emotions to show someone that you care.
So the next time you think of giving some some roses, think of the message you wish to express to that person and you won’t be wrong.
Do you know that aside from being the language of love, the rose petals have also evolved as a fantastic vegetarian salad which originated from Thailand?
A friend of mine who is an avid gardener as well as a vegetarian invited me to have a taste of her own version of the Rose Salad Recipe. To my surprise, it was very delicious, hence, I am sharing it with you.
Photo from; kevin 45 of flickr.com -http://www.flickr.com/photos/kjm45/1723299206
Garden Greens and Rose Petal Salad Recipe
Ingredients for the Salad:
¼ small head Iceberg lettuce salad, torn
5 pcs Romaine salad, torn
½ cup arugula, juliened
¼ cup basil leaves, juliened
1 cup Rose petals (assorted colors if desired)
¼ cup black olives, sliced
1 cup of ripe mango ( or any fruit of your choice)
¼ cup feta cheese, broken into bits
½ cup parmesan shavings
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
¼ cup strawberry juice
½ tbsp sugar
Salt to taste
Frsh ground black pepper
1. Combine all the salad ingredients except for the feta cheese and parmesan shavings. Chill.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients starting with the olive oil and whisk until the mixture is foamy.
3. Pour dressing over the chilled salad mixture and toss well.
4. Place the salad on a platter and top it with the parmesan shavings and feta cheese bits.
This is served best with baguette slices.