Floriography Bibliography, the ancient and enduring language of flowers

Red roses are delivered to your office. The air is abuzz with excitement. Why? Because someone as romantic interest in you, and they want everybody to know it. We ascribe a particular meaning to the giving of red roses. This is floriography. Let’s explore this fun phenomenon.

Elegant winter white bouquets: DIY 2 for $17.17

For this elegant monochromatic arrangement, baby’s breath will serve as the canvas, carnations will provide weight and balance. And, of course, mini roses will be the stars. Their ivory color juxtaposed to all white provides depth and sophistication.

Rose-patterned everyday china for less than $10

Each day, thousands of pieces of quality vintage china are donated to op shops. Most of them end up in the landfill. Also each day, millions of cheap new dishes, boring in design and manufactured in questionable conditions, are purchased. Look in your cabinet. Are you ready to try something “new”? Vintage rose patterns are not only timeless, they are also hip at the moment. So what’s holding you back? This is your chance to avoid the cheap dishes trap and start your lifelong everyday china collection.

Black & white vintage rose art

What an amazing opportunity to create your own gallery wall of vintage black and white illustrations of roses . The images below have been curated from the Library of Congress free image gallery.

The nose knows a rose

Thanks to rose breeding in the 20th century, we can have a rose of any petal color except true blue. We can gaze upon large blooms of 100 petals. We can even find the right type of rose bush to plant almost anywhere and it will flourish. An unintended consequence of chasing beauty and hardiness in breeding roses has been that some of them have lost their intoxicating scent.

Roses & romance, where botany & culture collide

In the US, it is estimated that more than 250 million roses are gifted on Valentine’s Day, costing celebrants about $1.9 billion. Roses have been intertwined with Valentine’s Day at least since English poet Chaucer (1343-1425) wrote about it.

Rosa gallica, the French rose, mother of roses

Rosa gallica is one of three types of ancient roses linked to those found in modern gardens. Dr. C. C. Hurst (1870-1947) of Cambridge determined that the other two types—Damasks and Albas—have Rosa gallica their genes, upholding her reign as mother of roses.

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