Roses and Valentine’s Day go together like Cupid and arrows. As couples in Denver and elsewhere celebrate Valentine's Day, the cost of roses grows. Lots of sweethearts give their loves roses on Valentine's Day, so increased demand drives up prices.
For traditional Valentine’s Day flowers, red roses typically come to mind. A rose is a rose, but each color can convey different meaning.
• Red roses shout “I love you passionately.”
• Coral roses deliver the breathy voice of desire.
• In contemporary times, white roses are associated with purity, but to the Victorians they insisted, “I am worthy of you.”
• Red and white roses in a bouquet symbolize unity.
• Pink roses spell out joy, gentility and grace.
• Sweetheart roses speak pillow talk in pet names: darling, dear, honey.
• Black roses, rumored to be sent by the Mafia prior to a hit, portend death.
To muddy the waters, floral lingo gets loosely translated.
• Yellow rose, for example, traditionally stated jealousy, but now more frequently now professes friendship.
• A rose with thorns presented right-side-up means “I fear but I hope,” but presented upside down means “You must neither fear nor hope.”
• The same rose stripped of thorns says “There is everything to hope for.”
• A rose stripped of leaves conveys “There is everything to fear.”
Whatever color roses you give your Valentine, he or she is bound to recognize the sweet sentiment behind your gift of roses.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and may you know you are loved on this and every day.
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