National Rose Month

June is National Rose Month. This makes sense, since it is also the month that so many get married. If my Dad were still alive, my parents would have celebrated their 69th anniversary this June.

I love roses, not so much for their looks, as for their smell. I have no use for climbing roses, which look nice, but have virtually no scent. One of the colleges where I worked has a rose garden, and to walk into the middle of that on a warm summer day, smells like heaven. One of my neighbor’s has a peace rose, which you can smell long before you get to their house. Wonderful!

Roses have been around a long time. They are known to have flourished 35 million-years ago. The oldest known painting of a rose is a fresco in Crete from around 1600 BCE. The English archaeologist, William Flinders Petrie discovered in the tombs of Hawara, Egypt, wreaths made of flowers, among them, roses The wreaths date to about 170 CE, and represent the oldest preserved specimens of a rose species. The world’s oldest living rose bush is thought to be 1000 years old and may be found on the wall of the Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.

Did you know that the colors of roses have meaning? Here are a few:
Red: Love, beauty, respect
White: Purity, innocence, silence
Pink: Gratitude, grace, sweetness
Yellow: Friendship, joy
Orange: Enthusiasm
Peach: Appreciation, sincerity, modesty
Black: death

So take time to stop and smell the roses today and all month!


Quotes about roses

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.

Love thou the rose, yet leave it on its stem.–Edward Bulwer-Lytton

But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.
–Anne Brontë

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (The Little Prince)

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.–Alphonse Karr (A Tour Round My Garden)

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.–Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy-Tacy and Tib)

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.–Chinese Proverb

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.–Emma Goldman

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms.–Angelus Silesius

The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change: Yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is.–Paulo Coelho

What a lovely thing a rose is!–Arthur Conan Doyle

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.–Chinese Proverb

I don’t know whether nice people tend to grow roses or growing roses makes people nice.–Roland A. Browne

Won’t you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you.–Richard B Sheridan

A rose is an argument. It proclaims the triumph of beauty over brutality, of gentleness over violence, of the ephemeral over the lasting, and of the universal over the particular. The same rose bursts into bloom on the North Cape and in the Sahara desert.–Alain Meilland

The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.–Saadi

Truths and roses have thorns about them.–Henry David Thoreau

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