What’s more classically romantic than red roses? Almost everyone knows (or should know) that a brilliant bouquet of red roses is the perfect way to declare feelings of romantic love. Whether in celebration of an anniversary, wedding, Valentine’s Day or even National Red Rose Day, there is no mistaking the implication of passion, desire and above all, love, associated with red roses. So, how has the red rose become what it is known for today?
Symbol of Red Roses
It’s probably safe to say there’s no more prevalent or enduring symbol of love and beauty in Western culture than red roses.
Red roses often appear in poetry, literature, classical artwork, contemporary films and everywhere in between. Renowned Scottish poet, Robert Burns, compared his love to a red rose in the poem Red, Red Rose, and the card “soldiers” in Alice in Wonderland lost their heads for painting white roses red, just to name a few classics.
These fragrant blooms come in varying shades of red, which also carry different symbolic meanings. For example, a bright red rose signifies romance, while burgundy means a love that has yet to be realized.
History of Red Roses
The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times, it became associated with the virtue of Virgin Mary. By the time Shakespeare rolled around it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein, both famously played within their works. Throughout its long, storied history, the red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.
The red rose is one of the best ways of expressing your affection for a special someone. Regardless if you send them a single red rose or a bouquet, surprise your one and only today, just because. Below is a list of Flower Shops that we are confident in sharing with you to provide you with your red rose needs:
Blooming Wellies Flower Boutique in Aurora/Newmarket
Lavender Floral in Barrie
Euro Flowers in Mississauga
Margo's Flowers / House of Flowers in Oakville
King West Flowers in Toronto
De Rose Designs & Floral Boutique in Vaughan
Avenida Flowers in Calgary
Best Buds Flower Company in Edmonton
Ottawa Flowers in Ottawa
Sunflower Florist in Vancouver
Academy Florists in Winnipeg
Breen's Florist in Houston
McQueens Flower Shop in London, England