“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives you roses.”
– Chinese Proverb
Roses may seem fragile and austere but are actually anything but. When someone calls a beautiful woman an “English rose,” she is supremely elegant and demure but no shrinking violet. The rose is a remarkably enduring flower and has served as a symbol of romance from antiquity to the present. Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with roses!
From Chelsea Flowers:
“I caught her tight in my arms and like a June rose bloomed her full lips.”
–Steppenwolf, Herman Hesse
- A single rose of any color (available from Chelsea Flowers) is a classic choice and a beautiful gesture. A single red rose is especially elegant and timeless.
- A mixed rainbow bouquet (Rose Extravaganza) is perfect for when one cannot decide on a single color!
We offer the entire color wheel of roses: red, pink, yellow, and white with exquisite long stems.
Crimson Red Roses
A Red, Red Rose
By Robert Burns, 1794
“O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly played in tune.
As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will love thee still, my Dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.
Till a’ the seas gang dry, my Dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
O I will love thee still, my Dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.
And fare thee weel, my only Luve!
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile!”
A red rose symbolizes romance and passion. There’s no better gift for a lover than a beautiful bunch of red roses. Surprise your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with the classic symbol of romantic love! If you’re wooing someone, red roses just may do the trick at winning over your crush’s heart. Oscar Wilde wrote of a young student in his fairytale “The Nightingale and the Rose” and the girl he fancied, stating, “She said that she would dance with me if I brought her red roses.”
Pretty Pink Roses
“I’ll say she looks as clear as morning roses newly washed with dew.”
When someone is happy, they are tickled pink or, if they’re falling in love for the first time, may blush easily. Pink roses conjure images of softness and sensuality. This is the ideal color of a rose for Valentine’s Day if the recipient is very girly or if they shy away from more classic and traditional choices.
Chelsea Flowers’ bouquet of yellow roses (available in 60 and 80 cm) is an ideal choice for “Galentine’s” Day (when you spend Valentine’s Day with your besties). When you’re in “jocund company” (to quote Wordsworth), there’s nothing more fitting than stunning yellow roses—a symbol of friendship.
White roses are completely and utterly elegant. Of course, white represents purity. We think of freshly fallen snow or a dove’s wing.
White roses are a perfect gift for someone you admire or for the loveliest woman in your life; they are ideal for a mother, aunt, grandmother or sister. They were Vivien Leigh’s favorite flower.
Tips for getting the most out of your roses:
- Cut the stems to an angle; this way, they’ll draw more water.
- Keep them in a cool place.
- Use warm water and change it regularly.
- If you don’t have plant food, a tablespoon of sugar will do the trick!
- Hang the roses upside down and dry them upon wilting to preserve your loving gift.
For information on sizing (standard, grand and majestic), pricing, add-ons (such as balloons, chocolates, and glycerin soaps), and more, visit Chelsea Flowers at the website.
Check out the links below to order the bouquets mentioned in this blog! (All photos courtesy of Chelsea Flowers.)