Wars of the Roses

Roses are red…

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As we are approaching February 14th I thought it would be nice to have some Valentine’s Day inspired posts.

The obvious place to start is with the rose – the flower of love.  It is one of the most popular and oldest flowers known to man. The word rose has come from the Latin word rosa meaning red, and the flower has been a symbol of love since ancient times.

It has become traditional to give either a dozen red roses or a single red rose on Valentine’s Day, but roses come in so many other colours with each shade having it’s own meaning.

Here are some colours and their meanings:

Red – Love, Romance, Beauty, Passion, I love you; Desire, Courage; Respect
Red (Dark or Burgundy) – Unconscious beauty
Red -Withered – I would rather die, Our love is over
White – Purity, Youth, Pure Love, Virginal, Innocence and purity, I am worthy of you, You’re heavenly
Pink – Happiness, Appreciation, Thankfulness, Grace, Gentle Love, Please believe me
Dark Pink – Gratitude, Thank You
Yellow – Joy, Gladness, Friendship, Delight, Platonic Love, Jealousy, Freedom
Yellow with Red Tip – Falling in Love
Orange – Fascination, Desire, Passion, Enthusiasm
Red and White – Two colors; Passionate Purity, Unity
Peach – Sincerity, Gratitude, Appreciation, Modesty, Admiration, Sympathy
Lavender – Love at first sight, Enchantment
Black – Death, Farewell
Blue – Impossible, Unattainable, Mystery
Red Rosebud – Symbol of Purity and Loveliness
White Rosebud – Girlhood, Youth
Thornless Rose – “Love at First Sight”
Single Rose – Simplicity
Two Roses – An engagement or coming marriage
Leaves – Symbol of hope
Roses-Sent every month – Beauty ever new

On his marriage, Henry adopted the Tudor Rose badge conjoining the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster

The rose is also the national flower of England.  This dates back to the Wars of The Roses (1455 – 1485).  The Wars of the Roses were a series of dynastic civil wars between supporters of the rival houses of Lancaster (red rose) and York (white rose), for the throne of England.  The wars ended when Henry Tudor took the crown of England from Richard III in battle. Henry’s father was Edmund Tudor from the House of Richmond, and his mother was Margaret Beaufort from the House of Lancaster; he then married Elizabeth of York to bring all factions together.  

A Yorkshire Rose
A Lancashire Rose