One of three steps in creating my collages -
papers painted and ready to be combined for the backgrounds.
The ivory rose sends a message of care and thoughtfulness, pure, with no romantic intentions.
The pale pink rose symbolizes gratitude and appreciation, the perfect rose to send as a thank you.
Rosa spp.Rosa is the Latin meaning for “a flower”.
The rose, cherished internationally, ia a native of the United States. The oldest known fossil was found on a slate deposit in Florissant, Colorado, and is estimated to be thirty-five million years old. In 1987, legislation was passed to make the rose the National Floral Emblem of the United States. It is also the state flower of the District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, North Dakota and New York.
Through out history, the rose has been associated with psychic powers, healing and protection. At one time it was used extensively in cooking, and our own Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company features a divine Eastern Shore Victorian Rose Tea.
But with all its powers and virtues, it is best know for its association with love.
“The rose is the emblem of all ages, the interpreter of all our feelings, the rose mingles with our festivities, our joy, our grief. Modesty borrows the delicate blush; it is given as the prize of virtue, the image of youth, innocence, and pleasure. It is consecrated to Venus, the goddess of beauty, and like her, possesses a grace more exquisite than beauty itself.”
~ From the Language of Flowers - 1846, Illustrated by Kate Greenaway
Flowers took on a new role in the Vitorian era. The Victorians attributed meaning to flowers, creating an elegant and silent language. Roses were a favorite. Over the years, meanings have been expanded and altered. (Yellow roses once symbolized jealousy but the modern interpretation is friendship, for example).
As we approach Valentine’s Day, when an estimated 250 million roses are sold in the United States, it seems the perfect time to honor the rose. The next few weeks will feature roses of different colors, their messages, stories and legends.
The Queen of Flowers - the Rose
Over the next few weeks, as we approach Valentine's Day, I'll be revisiting some of the herbs associated with love and romance.. When it comes to matters of the heart, there are no limits to the human imagination in pursuing, wooing and attempting to ensure their love will be returned. Some of the uses are romantic and beautiful, elegant and sublime. Some are tender and heart warming.
Herbs can add a sensuous dimension to all aspects of life. Their beauty, aroma, flavors and touch delight. Some are showy and enticing with an distinctive and noticeable fragrance. Others you might walk by, or even step on, and not even notice! Often the greatest gifts are found in herbs you might not immediately notice. Hopefully these little snippets will entice you to learn more about the endless history and legacy of these treasures.
Our herb series continues with the Rose, the Queen of Flowers and the undisputed floral symbol of love. The Society of American Florists predicts that nearly 250 million roses will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
The rose is a perfect example of beauty, romance and sensuous living. She is a vision of delight, her petals are velvet, her fragrance is divine and her delicate flavor is sublime. i wish you all the gifts the rose offers - love, friendship, beauty, romance and sensuous pleasures.
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!