Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June's Birth Flower

Did you know that in addition to each month having a birthstone, there is also a birth flower?  Each month's birth flower has it's own unique history and meaning. 

The birth flower for June is one of the most recognizable flowers, the rose.  Roses are not only one of the most commonly sold cut flowers, but also very popular garden shrubs.  The rose has long been beloved for its beauty and fragrance, and also has a long history of symbolism.  The ancient Greeks and Romans associated the rose with their goddesses of love, Aprhodite and Venus, and to this day, the red rose is still considered a symbol of love.  Also in Rome, a wild rose placed on the doorstep of a room was used as a signal that confidential matters were being discussed, warning others not to enter.  Derived from this ancient practice, the phrase 'sub rosa', or 'under the rose' means to keep a secret.

Today there are thousands of varieties of roses, each developed for their particular shape, size, fragrance and even for lack of thorns!  While the rose itself is a symbol of love and appreciation, each color also has its own meaning:

•Red: love
•Pink: grace, lesser feelings of love
•Dark Pink: gratitude
•Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
•White: innocence, purity, secrecy, friendship, reverence and humility
•Yellow: dying love or platonic love
•Yellow with red tips: friendship, falling in love
•Orange: passion
•Burgundy: beauty
•Blue: mystery
•Green: calm
•Purple: protection (paternal/maternal love)

Know someone with a June birthday?  Why not surprise them with a beautiful bouquet of their birth flower!  Shop for rose bouquets on our website, or stop in to see the varieties we currently have in the shop.

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