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The Language of Roses

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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare asks, “What’s in a name?” After all, a rose, regardless of what you call it would indeed, smell as sweet. But what about its color? What is in a rose color? A great deal, apparently!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, demand for roses, love’s favorite flower, will skyrocket, with approximately 200 million sold in the United States. Going right to an expert, we’ve asked Stacy Edwards, owner of Edwards Floral Design, to help decipher the language of roses so we can all send (and hopefully receive) appropriately colored blooms on this special day.

Red Roses: Love and Romance

Red roses are the most popular color of rose sent on Valentine’s Day. Stacy explains, “The flowers are a perfect way to express deep feelings for someone special, and the vibrant and dramatic red color stands for love, passion and romance. A beautiful example of a red rose is the Freedom rose, originating from Ecuador. We sell so many of these on Valentine’s Day as well as for wedding anniversaries.”

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