It was during the Victorian times that the meaning of roses as a gift or a present came about.
As the rose became more and more cherished in rose bouquets, the different color roses symbolize many things to many people and then were given sentimental meanings or the meaning of colored roses.
So in the language of flowers, the gift of a rose of a certain color, delivered
a different message to the recipient.
The giving of a red rose means romantic love; a pink rose signifies affection
and friendship; a white rose symbolizes purity and virtuousness and a yellow rose
indicates either jealousy or congratulation of a great accomplishment
Here are some unique and colorful rose tidbits from the past.
Roses were used in very early times as a potent ingredient in love potions.
In Rome, it was customary to bless the roses on "Rose Sunday".
The red rose, it was believed by many religions, cannot grow over a gravesite.
According to some Biblical legends, the original rose growing in the Garden Of Eden was white, but turned red as it blushed with shame when Adam and Eve fell from grace.
Throwing rose leaves into an open fire is said to bring good luck.
In some pagan mythologies, no ghostly creatures, particularly vampires, may cross the path of a wild rose.
It was thought that to place a wild rose on a coffin of a recently deceased person, would prevent them from rising again.
In Greek Mythology, Eros presents a rose to the god of silence.
Eros was the god of lust,love and intercourse, but he was also worshipped as a fertility god.
Indeed, the rose is unique among all the flowers of the world for its long and very colorful history with mankind.
And the giving of roses symbolizes many things, depending on the context.