As I don’t have any more rose design accessory at hand, I’ve upload the design ‘Rustic Petals’ instead. Before I continue with the next six months for the birthday flowers, I shall share with you some information concerning petals.
Flowers have long been a symbol of femininity and women. Flower petals can be used for this effect and they can show the beauty and innocence of youth, and the fleetingness of it.
These are the types of themes that flower petals can be used to emphasize:
- The coming of spring.
- Watching young girls fully bloom into womanhood.
- A newly found love or romance.
- A maturation of love.
- Trying to capture such an event as it happens.
Lastly they can also show a loss of innocence for a girl. This can be done through the flowers being broken or crushed, or by having broken flowers in the background after an event for the girl.
Rose petals are associated with the birth of the Indian goddess Lakshmi, claimed to be the most beautiful woman in India. She was supposedly born from 108 large and 1,008 small rose petals.
The number of petals on a rose have come to symbolize different things:
- The wild rose has five petals, signifying the wounds of Christ.
- A rose with seven petals signifies seven directions of space, seven degrees of perfection, and seven planets (when it was believed there were seven planets in the solar system).
- A rose with eight petals is a message of rebirth and renewal.
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Without further adieu, here are the roses/item related for the next six months:
Crown of Roses (5th July)
The word Rosary means ‘Crown of Roses’ that is to say that every time people pray the Rosary devoutly they place a crown of 153 red roses and 16 white roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty.
There are differing views on the history of the rosary. According to tradition, the concept of the rosary was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition by the Virgin Mary in the year 1214 in the church of Prouille.
In the 15th century it was promoted by Alanus de Rupe (aka Alain de la Roche or Saint Alan of the Rock), a learned Dominican priest and theologian, who established the “15 rosary promises” and started many rosary confraternities.
However, most scholarly research suggests a more gradual and organic development of the rosary. From the 16th to the early 20th century, the structure of the rosary remained essentially unchanged.
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White Rose Bud (6th July), Red Rose Bud (7th July)
A rose bud is the bud of a rose (seriously…why do I want to type this out?) and literary a pretty young woman.
Rose petals and rosebud pieces are most commonly harvested while they are still buds in an adolescent growth stage. This preserves full flavor during the processing of the plant. Rosebud and rose petal tea has been used as a part of Chinese medicine for more than 4,000 years.
Read more at www.livestrong.com
White Rose (8th July)
White roses are the ultimate symbol of purity and innocence. There are plenty of myths and legends behind the white rose.
As one myth has it, the first rose on Earth was a white rose, and it miraculously transformed to other hues. The pure white rose was said to have been tainted by blood, making it red; and it was also made to blush from a kiss, making it pink.
Another myth came from the Ancient Greeks. It was said that roses were originally white until one day Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and Beauty pricked herself with the thorns of a rose. The blood that dripped from her finger turned the white roses red.
These myths indicate the loss of innocence, which is the absolute opposite of what the white rose symbolizes – innocence and purity.
Read more at Significance of White Roses
Rosea Canina (9th July)
Rosa canina (commonly known as the dog rose) is a variable climbing wild rose species native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia.
The plant is high in certain antioxidants. The fruit is noted for its high vitamin C level and is used to make syrup, tea and marmalade. It has been grown or encouraged in the wild for the production of vitamin C, from its fruit (often as rose-hip syrup), especially during conditions of scarcity or during wartime.
The botanic name is derived from the common names ‘dog rose’ or similar in several European languages. It is sometimes considered that the word ‘dog’ has a disparaging meaning in this context, indicating ‘worthless’.
However it also known that it was used in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to treat the bite of rabid dogs, hence the name “dog rose” may result from this.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_canina
Burgundy rose (1st August)
The symbolic meaning of a burgundy rose is ‘unconscious beauty’.
The best answer selected in the answers.yahoo.com pertaining to the meaning of unconscious beauty – beauty that is unrecognised by his/her owner, it can also mean that sometimes you won’t recognize the beauty at first glance but you have to look a little deeper for it.
What should I do when there isn’t much information on the topic? I share a poem…hehehe…so here’s a poem ‘Unconscious Came a Beauty’ by May Swenson:
Unconscious came a beauty
to my wrist and stopped my pencil
merged its shadow profile with my hand’s ghost on the page
Red Spotted Purple or else Mourning Cloak
paired thin-as-paper wings, near black
were edged on the seam side poppy orange
as were its spots
I sat arrested
for its soot-haired body’s worm shone in the sun
It bent its tongue long as a leg
black on my skin
and clung without my feeling
while its tomb-stained
duplicate parts of a window opened
And then I moved
Are you able to guess what insect is she describing? Do take a look at this page and let me know.
Damask Rose (2nd August)
The Damascus rose (Damask Rose), or sometimes as the Rose of Castile, is a rose hybrid, derived from Rosa gallica and Rosa moschata. Of the old European roses, the Damask is one of the most enchanting, the family of foliage and fragrance.
This family, with origins going back to pre-christian times probably originated in Persia, and was brought to Europe by the crusaders. By the 14th century the Damask rose had arrived in France, where it would have received considerable attention.
For centuries, the Damascus rose (Rosa damascena) has been considered a symbol of beauty and love. Today, the majority of our rose fragrance still comes from R. Damascena Trigintipetala, the Kazanlik rose. It is still grown extensively in Bulgaria.
You’ll need 3 tonnes of petals (1.2 million blooms) to distill 1kg of attar, the foundation of rose perfume. Worse still, you must harvest it in the short summer flowering season and then only in the early morning before the heat of the sun has diminished the fragrance.
Damascus roses are used in cooking as a flavouring ingredient or spice. Rose water is often sprinkled on many meat dishes, while rose powder is added to sauces. The most popular use, however, is in the flavoring of desserts such as ice cream, jam, Turkish delights, rice pudding, yogurt and etc.
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Moss Rose (3rd August)
Moss Rose is a flowering plant in the family Portulacaceae, native to Argentina, southern Brazil, and Uruguay. It is also seen in the South Asia and widely spread in most of the cities with old 18th-19th century architecture in the Balkans.
In Bangladesh, it is referred to as the “Time Flower” because the flower has a specific time to bloom while in Vietnam, it is also known as the “Ten o’clock flower”, because the flower is usually in full bloom at 10 o’clock in the morning.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss-rose_Purslane
The Moss Rose is also a multi-purpose stadium in Macclesfield, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Macclesfield Town F.C.. The stadium holds 6,355 and was built in 1891, which until Macclesfield’s relegation in 2012 made it the second oldest in the Football League.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss_Rose
Hundred-leaved Rose (5th August 2012)
The Hundred-Leaved Rose, also known as the Provence or Cabbage Rose is a complex hybrid rose developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between the 17th century and the 19th century, possibly earlier.
The flowers are round and globular, with numerous thin overlapping petals that are highly scented; they are usually pink, less often white to dark red-purple.
It is widely cultivated for its singular fragrance—clear and sweet, with light notes of honey. The flowers are commercially harvested for the production of rose oil, which is commonly used in perfumery.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_%C3%97_centifolia
Mundi Rose (12th September)
Rosa Mundi (Mundi Rose) was first described in 1583, and according to ‘The Garden Book’ of Sir Thomas Hanmer (published in England in 1659) it was originally found in Norfolk ‘..upon a branch of the common red rose…’ .
However there is an earlier legend which states that the ‘Rosa Mundi’ was named after Rosamund Clifford (also known as “The Rose of the World), a long-time mistress of King Henry II who reigned as England’s monarch from 1154 to 1189.
A large specimen of ‘Rosa Mundi’ is still a stunning sight in the height of summer and its semi-double flowers are among the largest of all the old fashioned roses.
It is the oldest of the all striped varieties grown today, and because of it natural disease resistance it has lasted well through the centuries.
Read more: http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.com/2009/04/historic-roses-rosa-mundi.html#ixzz26GHMftaY
Red Rose (13th September)
The primary significance of a red rose is love and romance; it not only carries more meaning than many other color roses, it is also one of the most universal of all symbols.
They have appeared throughout history and across many cultures as political and religious symbols. The mystique of the red rose has been a source of immeasurable inspiration for many throughout the ages.
The modern red rose we are now familiar with was introduced to Europe from China in the 1800′s. The color red itself evolved from an early primal symbol for life into a metaphor for deep emotion.
In Greek and Roman mythology the red rose was closely tied to the goddess of love. Many early cultures used red roses to decorate marriage ceremonies and they were often a part of traditional wedding attire. Through this practice, the red rose became known as a symbol for love and fidelity.
Red roses continue to be the most popular way to say “I love you” to someone special. The rich heritage of the red rose has culminated in its modern day image as the lover’s rose. They are the definitive symbol for romantic sentiments, representing true love, stronger than thorns.
Read more at http://www.proflowers.com/flowerguide/rosemeanings/redrose-meanings.aspx
China Rose (14th September)
The China Rose is an evergreen flowering shrubnative to East Asia. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, generally red in the original varieties, and firm, but generally lack any scent.
Despite their size and red hues attractive to nectar-feeding birds, they are not visited regularly by hummingbirds when grown in the Neotropics.
The flowers themselves are edible and are used in salads in the Pacific Islands. The flowers are used to shine shoes in parts of India.
It is also a pH indicator.China rose indicator turns acidic solutions to magenta/dark pink and basic solutions to green. It is also used for the worship of Devi and especially the red variety takes an important part in tantra.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Hibiscus
Austrian Rose (19th September)
I cannot find any information about Austrian Rose, but one Austrian Copper Rose. Hmm…not sure if it is the same flower but here are some information on this flower.
Austrian copper rose (Rosa Foetida) is a species of rose, native to the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia.
The rose is named for its smell–foetida is Latin for “having a bad smell” which is reminiscent of boiled linseed oil, a smell which some find objectionable
Since there were no yellow roses native to Europe, its introduction from Persia was an important addition to the cultivation of roses, and R. foetida is now an important contributor to the stock of cultivated roses.
Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_foetida
Rose Campion (20th September)
Rose Campion is a stunning combination of magenta blooms with a soft silverish foliage. It is considered a short-lived perennial that will grow well in Zones 3 to 9 in a sunny or lightly shaded location.
It’s been cultivated since the 1300′s, possibly earlier. In Catholic literature it is referred to as “Our Lady’s Rose”, possibly because of the heart shaped petals.
Rose Campion can be used as a cut flower if you harvest the stems when just one or two of the flowers are open. They will last about a week in a vase.
Read more at http://oldfashionedliving.com/campion.html
Rose Acacia (15th October)
Rose Acacia is a plant many people are unfamiliar with and are asking what it is. Other common names for Rose Acacia include hairy or bristly locust. This is because the stems are covered with soft bristles. It can set multiple clusters of flowers on each stem resulting in an extended bloom time.
The flowers are pink, produced on short racemes of 3-12 together in the spring; each flower is 20–25 mm (about 1 inch) across. It is an easy to grow plant because of its tolerance to poor soil and drought. Often it is seen growing on old farmsteads or along the roadside.
The plant habit is somewhat open and airy because of coarse stems and its compound leaves. Young shoots can easily be pulled if one is persistent, but if cultivated it is best to place it in a confined area or area where it can be permitted to spread.
Read more at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/efans/ygnews/2009/07/rose_acacia_-_a_shrub_with_sho.html
Guelder Rose (29th October)
Guelder Rose is a species of Viburnum, native to Europe and Asia. The name Guelder comes from Gueldersland, a Dutch province, where the tree was first cultivated.
It was introduced into England under the name of ‘Gueldres Rose.’ The garden variety, Viburnum sterile, with snowball flowers, does not produce the showy fruit of the wild species.
The leaves are superficially similar to the leaves of some maples, most easily distinguished by their somewhat wrinkled surface with impressed leaf venation.
The berries have anti-scorbutic properties. They turn black in drying and have been used for making ink. It can be edible in small quantities, with a very acidic taste; it can be used to make jelly. It is however very mildly toxic, and may cause vomiting or diarrhea if eaten in large amounts
The wood, like that of the Spindle Tree and Dogwood, is used for making skewers.
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Daily Rose (4th December)
Aww…this is a difficult one. :(
Been searching around and all I’ve found is a blog with this name and an album with this name in year 2004 by Stefanie Schlesinger.
I was not able to find the song clip for ‘Daily Rose’ in YouTube. The second song in this album is ‘My Funny Valentine’, which is not available in YouTube as well.
Since rose is closely related to valentine, I’ve decided to share a piano piece having the same name with you all:
Hope you will enjoy this piece as much as I do. :D
Lancaster’s Red Rose (5th December)
The final rose of the year
Lancaster’s Red Rose (also known as Old Red Damask and Rose of Provins) was introduced officially in Europe during the XIII century, brought from Persia; but was probably in Europe before that, since it shows up in ancient Roman frescoes.
The rose grew wild throughout Central Asia and can be found nowadays in the wild around Morocco, Andalusia, the Middle East and the Caucasus. These roses are shrubs and are also included on what is referred as old garden roses (OGR), Heritage or Antiques.
The Red Rose was the symbol of Lancastrian supporters who opposed the rival House of York, whose symbol was the White Rose of York. Both houses were branches of the Plantagenet royal house, tracing their descent from King Edward III (1312 – 1377).
The rivalry between the factions identified by the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster started in 1399 when King Richard II (1377-1399) was overthrown by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, the Duke of Lancaster.
From the nineteenth century the red rose was part of the badge of a number of units of the British Army recruiting in the county. The rose was also appreciated for its medical value and was utilized in countless medical remedies.
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Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet and so are you
May all sweet and lovely souls out there enjoy reading these lovely and rosy information.
Cheers & TTFN~ :D