- The first rose fossil it was found 35 million ago.
- The word rose comes from French, from which the word comes from the Latin rosa. When used in endearment, rosa means “love”.
- In Roman high society women used petals much like currency believing that they could banish wrinkles if used in poultices.
- The production of rose water and rose oil was originated in Persia and then spread through and India, and more recently into Eastern Europe in Bulgaria, Iran and Germany. Rose water which is used for cooking, cosmetics, medicine and religious practices.
- The rose also grows into a fruit. The fruit is called a Rose Hip. It is shaped like a berry and most are red in color but you can find black and dark purple versions. The rose hip of some rose species are known to be full of vitamin C. This is why the rose hip is sometimes used to create jam, jelly & marmalade. Also, it is used in food supplements and can be pressed or filtered to make rose hip syrup.
- Many roses have been used in herbal and folk medicines used for stomach problems, and are being investigated for controlling cancer growth.
- In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Holland to Colombia and North Africa.
- The tallest rose bush on record is over 23 feet (7 metres) tall.
- The world’s largest rosebush is of the Lady Banksia variety. The rosebush’s canopy measures 8,500 square feet (around 790 square meters), its trunk has a circumference of around 12 feet (3.6 metres), and it comprises of over 200,000 blooms.
- The world’s most expensive rose is a 2006 variety by famed rose breeder David Austin that was christened Juliet. Breeding the rose took a total 15 years and cost 5 million dollars. Juliet is now considered the world’s most expensive rose cultivar.
- The rose is one among the only three flowers mentioned in the Bible. The others are lilies and camphire (henna).
- For years breeders have crossed different colors of roses in an effort to create what seemed the impossible, a blue rose. Rose petals lack the enzyme needed to create a blue pigment and breeders always failed. However, in 2009, applying genetic engineering resulted in the world’s first blue rose.
- There are no roses that are black in color, although there are a few species of roses that come close. The Turkish Halfeti rose, also known as “The Black Rose of Turkey”, is an extremely rare breed that appears pitch-black to the eye, but in fact is a dark reddish-crimson color.
- Roses also live a very long time. The large rose bush that covers the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany has done so for over 1000 years.
- All rose species have 5 petals, except for the Rosa Sericea, which has 4 petals is native to the Himalayas, generally. This breed of rose was introduced to Europe only in the 19th century.
Through my years of experience working with flowers I have learned that combination of colors is essential to achieve a beautiful design. My first recommendation for you will be to choose a vase accordingly with the occasion; If the vase is Black, gold, clear, cream, white or silver, it will facilitate the combinations of colors because they are neutral, which can be used with any other color without changing the effect that you are trying to achieve. If you choose any other color vase make sure that you include some flowers that have the same color as the vase. In floral design we can combine colors that may be a mismatch in other type of art. For instance you can combine hot pink with orange, red and yellow together and it looks great, however, in clothing may be hideous mix. The easiest color plan to pull off is probably the monochromatic color scheme which is simply combining shades of a single color together to create an arrangement. Other ways of color combination will be to use analogous colors which are those that are next to each other on the color wheel. The 6 major analogous colors on the color wheel include red and orange, orange and yellow, yellow and green, green and blue, blue and violet, and violet and red. Analogous colors can go beyond two colors, groups of red, orange, and yellow or blue, violet and red can also be considered analogous colors. If you want a bright floral design you can combine analogous with complimentary colors which they are opposite to each other on the color wheel. An example of complimentary color pairs are violet and yellow, red and green, and orange and blue. The third color scheme that I recommend to use for your flower design it is the color triad that is created by drawing an equilateral triangle connecting 3 colors in the color wheel for instance red, yellow and blue are a triad and violet, orange, and green are a triad. Also, you can mix light colors together for instance white, light pink, peach, pastel green, and beige. On the other hand, you can use bright color such as yellow, dark purple, lime green, red, fuchsia, and orange. Also, you can combine light with bright colors like lilac, fuchsia, light pink, white, and orange. Choosing colors and combining them can be tricky since we have a broad variety of flowers with different colors, however, I am pretty sure that these tips are going to help you just as much they helped me. Good luck!!
Have you ever wondered where the tradition of Mother’s Day comes from? Mother’s day is celebrated around the world in different ways and in different days. One of the earliest historical records of a celebration of Motherhood was Matronalia, the ancient roman celebration held in honor of the Goddess, Juno. Juno was the goddess of childbirth. The holiday celebrated the idea of motherhood and childbirth. In the Eighteen Century England was one of the first countries to set aside a day to recognize mothers. The idea of celebrating Mother’s Day in the US was first conceptualized by Julia Ward Howe in 1912. She created the day in honor of her own Mother, Ann Jarvis, who had passed away. Along with activist, Julia Ward Howe, the two had worked for over forty years to have a day recognized for women. While campaigning for the day, Anna Jarvis would often give out white carnations, which is where the traditional of Mother’s day flowers originates from. A white carnation symbolizes the purity of a mother’s love.
I have the blessing of having a wonderful mother and to be a mother of a sweet boy. We should recognize the impact that mothers have in society. Our mom teaches us how to nurture and how to love. Through her guidance, we as individuals learn how to be empathetic and sympathetic to those around us. This year, on this Mother’s Day let’s take the time to thank our moms. Let our moms know how much she means to us. While in the end we as moms believe that the greatest reward for all we have done is seeing our children turn into happy successful adults… mothers could all use a little acknowledgment of love from us along the way and in Divin Le Bouquet we can help you accomplish that.
Across history, the symbol of flowers is repeatedly linked with motherhood. Flowers, with their simplicity, beauty and purity to, as Anna Jarvis thought, best represent the love of a mother for her child. In Divin le Bouquet we express our love for mothers through our unique, beautiful and elegant flower box. Let our Mothers know that we return her love with flowers this Mother’s Day.