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The Number of Roses to Show Your True Love

How will you find love this Valentine’s Day with roses? If so, will you say it with one red rose or maybe fifty? The number really depends on what sort of love you want to show!

by Emma Johnson

Have you ever wondered what’s in the number of roses you send? Well we found out what they all mean – make sure you send the right number because after all, your love is …

All in the Number of Red Roses – What Type is Your Love?

1  – Love at first sight or in a long-term relationship where there is no one else.

2 – When you are deeply in love and want to show it

3  –  Simply put the three special words ‘I love you’.

6  – A symbol of infatuation and desire to be with someone, maybe you are a secret admirer?

10 – Perfect to say your love is perfect

11 – Of course, you must treasure your love.

12 – Possibly the mostly traditional way of saying ‘be mine’

14 – You are definitely proud of them.

15  – Need to say sorry and ask for forgiveness?

16 –  “Bon Voyage”,  France is the land of l’amour!

21 – Showing your commitment now.

24 – You are always on my mind.

25 – Wishing someone all the happiness in the world.

27  – Show your wife you love her.

36 – Happy memories of your journey into romance.

50 – Your love has no limits and is completely unconditional

100 – The only way to show your total devotion.

The Tradition of Red Roses

So where does this tradition come from? Roses are believed to represent the passion of love. There are many stories  about where this idea came from.

In the late 17th century, Lady Mary Montagu, the wife of the British ambassador to Turkey seems to be one of the first to be linked rose giving. Her excitement about the tradition was possibly more likely to be her confusion over a local custom rather than the flowers being for Valentine’s. However, by the 19th century roses and love were firmly linked.

Before Lady Montague, when Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, found her injured lover Adonis a beautiful red rose bush is said to have grown from the mixture of her tears and his blood.  Red roses are also linked in Roman mythology to Venus the Goddess of Love. Venus ran to warn her lover Adonis about a murder plot against him when she cut ankles on a thorn bush. Her blood turned into blooming red roses where ever it touched.

As for the origins of Valentine’s Day itself this goes back further in history. From persecuted Christian martyrs to Roman fertility festivals, Chaucer and even Shakespeare, there many thoughts on how it began.

Whatever the reasons, over 250 million red roses are sold worldwide for Valentine’s Day as a symbol of love. Along with their beautiful colour their gorgeous aroma gives more reason to enjoy them.

Keep Them Longer

  1. Hand-Ties – they come ready-arranged in a water pack and created so that you don’t need to take them apart. Once flowers start to wilt, take them out and put the newer ones into a fresh vase of water.
  2. Bouquets and Vases – many florists will deliver your flowers beautifully wrapped or in a vase. They’ll come with cut flower food which you should use to give the vital flower nutrition as per the instructions. This will help your flowers to last longer.
  3. Carefully remove any leaves that might go into the water and cut about 5cm off the end of the stems at a slight angle using a clean and sharp pair of scissors, secateurs or a knife.
  4. Keep topping the water up to ensure your flowers have enough water to keep them fresher.
  5. Never place your flowers close to a heat source, like a radiator, or in a drafty area. This will help them to live longer.

    Where Roses Come From

    Don’t be tempted by cheaper supermarket options, support your local and independent businesses. Some people do have environmental concerns because most UK flowers come from countries like the Netherlands.  Unfortunately although there are more British growers, their output is not enough to meet demand. In years to come it is hoped this will change. However, the UK now grows about one third of all the tulips and a similar number of other varieties of flower.

    Whatever you do support local and enjoy your flowers and your love.

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