Fragrant beauty, the rose, is certainly among the greatest floral inspirations, whether one is talking about the inspiration of painters or poets.
In ancient times, the Greeks and Romans associated roses with Aphrodite and Venus.
Nowadays, these graceful flowers symbolize different emotions – red roses speak of passionate love, pink ones express thankfulness and appreciation, yellow beauties shine joy and optimism; white roses represent hope for the new beginnings, orange ones show enthusiasm.
A single rose in full bloom declares “I love you.” or “I still love you.” as a bouquet of rosebuds compliments on youthful appearance and beauty.
Also, since ancient times the rose has represented secrecy or confidentiality of any discussion or event.
For example, roses painted on the ceilings of ancient Roman banquet rooms were a signal that everything that was said should remain “sub rosa” (“under the rose” in Latin), meaning that it shouldn’t be spoken of outside of the room.
“Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet.” Katharine Lee Bates
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