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Saying it with roses

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By Steve Dalton, Chief Gardener

 


Over nine million red roses are given to someone special

 

The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, and as always, it’s the rose that’s top of the charts when it comes to flower sales for St Valentine’s Day. Over three million people (both men and women) are given fresh flowers on Valentine’s Day as a symbol of love and devotion, and an astonishing 10,000 tons of roses make up the bulk of those bouquets.

Over nine million red roses are given to someone special. But if you want to say ‘I love you’ with roses, there is a hidden language that can help you send the right message.

Red for passion and love

It all depends on what message you want to send to your loved one. We all know that red roses represent passion and love, but did you know that if you send someone yellow roses it could be misinterpreted? Although a yellow rose symbolises friendship, it can also mean jealousy, so if you’re fascinated by someone and want to send them a message that you’re interested in taking your relationship to the next level, orange roses may be a wiser choice than yellow!

Pink for perfect happiness

For those who have been together for many years and want to send a message of perfect happiness then it’s pink roses you should be sending. A coral rose tells someone of your desire for them, while white roses represent purity and innocence.

We can thank the Victorians for making the language of flowers so popular and even today these beautiful flowers still have a message to deliver. And if you want that love to grow then instead of sending cut roses why not give your loved one a rose bush they can plant in their garden? Growing roses is easy - there are hundreds of varieties that are suitable for growing in almost any soil type, and as your rose bush flourishes there’s a good chance your love will too!

Growing roses is a 4,000 year old tradition started by the Egyptians and now you can’t imagine a typical English garden without at least one rose bush adding that distinctive scent to a summer’s day. Roses are part of our culture (the typical English red rose is our national symbol). But you’ll have to go a long way to beat the record for the largest bouquet of roses ever made this Valentine’s Day - it took 156,940 roses to create. Now that’s a record-breaking declaration of love!

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