Another year, another Valentine’s Day. What are you most excited for? All the pink and red decor? A reason to dress up and be whisked off on a hot date? Staying at home in your PJs reading romance novels? Whether you’re in a relationship or single, buy yourself a rose this Valentine’s Day and remind yourself how important you are to YOU.
It is no surprise that roses are one of the most common flowers bought for Valentine’s Day. You probably look forward to getting a dozen of these beautiful flowers from someone you love on this special day. But what about every day? Isn’t getting a rose on an ordinary day, not Valentine’s Day or a birthday or anniversary, but just a simple surprise on a random Tuesday much better?
What is a short history of roses?
The earliest roses are known to have flourished 35 million-years ago and hips have been found in Europe and petrified rose wreaths have been unearthed from ancient Egyptian tombs.
The tradition of giving a red rose to your valentine became popular in the 1700’s when King Charles II of Sweden introduced Europe to the Persian custom of the “language of flowers”.
Then in the second half of the 20th century, the practice of exchanging cards was extended to all manner of gifts in the United States. Such gifts typically include roses and chocolates packed in a red satin, heart-shaped box.
What do the different colors mean and who should I give each to?
You can determine what type of rose to give to which special person in your life depending on the color of the rose:
- Red means romantic love; they’re the “Valentine roses”.
- Yellow means joy and friendship, affection — good for someone you love, but not romantically.
- Deep Pink means gratitude and appreciation — ideal for mom or grandmother.
- Light Pink means admiration — perfect for a daughter or sister.
- White means purity, reverence, humility — perfect for your “saintly” best friend.
What does the different numbers of roses given mean?
It doesn’t just matter what color rose you give someone, but the number of roses:
- A single stem conveys the idea this is a simple fact – you are the only one and means exceptional love. There are meanings associated with the numbers 3, 11, 12, 13, 22, 36, 99, 101, 108, and 999.
- An interesting case is 13. Thirteen roses convey the idea you are my secret lover.
- Thirty-six stems would mean my heart belongs to you.
- 999 roses, proportionate to the magnitude of the number, stands for endless love.
- Yet most people just go for a dozen, which means “I’m thinking of you 12 months a year”. Sweet right?
Where can I buy roses and what is the average cost?
There are flower shops on most corners and roses and other flowers are sold now at your local grocery store. The average price for a dozen at a grocers is around $10 while florists can charge around $30. You can even buy flowers online now at places such as Pickupflowers.com or 1-800-flowers. A dozen of premium roses from 1-800-Flowers cost around $90 for same day delivery.
Some additional fun facts:
- Over 100 million red roses are sold and delivered around Valentine’s Day.
- 73% of flowers are bought by men.
- California grows 60% of American roses.
What are you favorite roses to give and receive? Do you give them only on a special occasion or do you surprise your sweetie with flowers on a regular basis? (Hint, hint guys!)
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