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colour of love

PHOTO ESSAY

Hybrid Tea Rose – Long Stem Rose

Consider the rose

Perhaps few people have ever asked themselves why they admire a rose so much more than all other flowers. If they consider, they will find first, that red is, in a delicate graduated state, the loveliest of all pure colours; and secondly, that in the rose there is no shadow, except which is composed of colour. All its shadows are fuller in colour that its lights, owing to the translucency and reflective power of its leaves.

by John Ruskin (modern painters)

The modern elegant long stemmed rose, is a cultivated rose. Accepted that in 1867, French nurseryman Jean-Baptiste Guillot, cross-bred, the newly introduced roses (tea rose) from China, with the European roses (hybrid perpetual), with the aim of combining long stemmed roses having large single blooms, with the pleasant scent of the tea rose. The resulting hybridisation, giving rise to a new class of roses known as the Hybrid Tea.

The long stem, has long pointy buds with up to 30-50 petals per bloom. The elegance of the flower, has made it one of the most popular flowers in existence, and the preferred choice for romantic occasions. Long stemmed red roses, carry a wealth of significance, having become the classic symbol for love. The message of the red rose, “I Love You” and the bouquet of long stemmed roses (tea rose) is, “I will remember you always”.

Sending flowers, comes from the old-fashioned custom, of sending floral bouquets, to pass on non-verbal messages. When sending flowers as a tool of communication, started to fall out of fashion for everyday use, people continued to send flowers only for special occasions or to express sentiments of love and admiration.

Valentine’s Day, was declared around 496 AD, in honor of St. Valentine, who was executed on February 14, 270 AD. As a priest, he continued to perform marriages, in secret, for young lovers, after Emperor Claudius II, outlawed young men from getting married. The emperor felt single men, made better solders. Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, who visited him in prison. Before his execution, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it, “From Your Valentine”. Today, we continue to honor St. Valentine and recall the history of Valentine’s Day by celebrating our love for significant others, friends, and family.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

 

source: A Gift Book of Roses, wikipedia (Roses), wikipedia (Hybrid Tea), Florapedia (History of Valentine’s Day), Florapedia (Valentine’s Flowers), Florapedia (Long Stemmed Roses)

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