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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Roses for Valentine's Day? Think again.....

When you hear the word "Valentine's Day" most people think roses....lots and lots of red roses. But did you know that the color of a rose has meaning?

In researching my upcoming women's fiction novel, The Visionary, (due Nov. 2011 from Five Star Expressions) I had the opportunity to research the topic of roses and was amazed at what I found.

Writers for White Rose Publishing understand the symbolism of the White rose is purity (hence white wedding gowns, white baptismal gowns, etc). Peach roses represent sympathy (or loyalty). Yellow roses are given in friendship and Pink signify innocence and sweetness - which is why you see mostly pink & white bouquets given to young girls. Black roses usually embody death or dislike.

But what about all those Red Roses? You guessed it....Red roses are the symbol of love and romance which make them the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your spouse or significant other.

In some cultures roses symbolize the answer to a specific prayer while in others, dreaming of a rose garden means your death will occur in spring. So, the next time you're tempted to give roses as a gift, think about what you appreciate about and want to say to the person receiving them.

My short story Choices takes place on Valentine's Day and has references to roses symbolizing the answer to prayer.

Best-selling novelist and songwriter, Camie Rogers has penned numerous accounts of the secret love she holds in her heart. Country-Music Superstar Kip Allen has changed from the shy, humble boy, to the epitome of “star.” Can the two rediscover each other after one night of his Home is where the Heart is Tour? 

Choices is available now from White Rose Publishing for only $1.00 and Kindle for only $.99!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
"Inspirational with an Edge!" (tm)


Brenda Whiteside said...

Isn't that interesting. I had the same fun with roses in my book. Yours sounds like a good read!

Kara Lynn Russell said...

I'm looking forward to The Visionary. I think you have a great voice for women's fiction.

I knew different colored roses had a meaning but not what those meanings were. Thanks for sharing that. I also didn't know that roses were a symbol of answered prayer but I love that idea.

Morgan Mandel said...

Thanks for the information on roses. I knew some of the answers, but not all of them.

Morgan Mandel

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Amazing isn't it Brenda how many things writers have in common - especially when it comes to researching our novels.

Oh Kara, I'll be so glad when I have more news to report on The Visionary - takes sssooo long doesn't it? Patience has never been my strong point LOL! Yes, in the Catholic tradition when a novena to St Theresa is prayed and roses are received it is an indication that the prayer will be granted. Though no personal testimony I've heard so many stories of this coming true~just goes to show we never know how God will assure us our petitions are heard :-)

Glad you enjoyed the post Morgan, it's always fun to learn something new.

Thank you ALL for commenting Ladies!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm fascinated by the meaning of flowers. But roses are special. I love growing them, especially the old ones. They're far more fragrant than the new roses.

LoRee Peery said...

Love this title. I have a rose that returns year after year -- a Victorian tea rose that originated with a homesteading pioneer. The only problem is that it's a root runner. But the fragrance takes me away.

Kasey said...

Interesting about how roses can symbolize when you may die in some cultures. Fascinating to know the different meanings of the colors. Never really thought about it before.

Jean P said...

Interesting to find out all the different meanings for the colors and what they symbolize.

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Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I've never had luck growing much of anything Maria but I do agree the fragrance of roses just astounds me.

Oh Loree, your Victorian tea rose sounds beautiful!

I did find the different cultural meanings behind roses and rose gardens facinating too Kasey.

This is just a small example of the meaning of colors Jean, some websites even divulge the meaning of rare colors, hybrids and cross pollinated roses - such fascinating information.

Thank you ALL for commenting!

luciatea said...

Thank you, next time I will put more thought in the color! I didn't know the meaning of the colors peach, yellow and pink.

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Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Well I never gave much thought to the colors either, Luciatea - I'm glad the hero in my novel did LOL! Thanks for commenting.

E.A. West said...

Fascinating stuff! I hadn't really thought about the meanings behind the different colors of roses, but I've had a soft spot for white roses for the last couple of years. ;)

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Me too EA LOL!

jessica said...

I like how you told us the different meanings. I love to look up those types of things. I think my roses will be pink, red and white. I might actually go out and buy myself one of each. . .

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

You go for it Jessica! Everyone deserves roses - even if we treat ourself.

THANKS AGAIN to ALL for commenting!

Watch for a cute post about roses coming today - a personal one :-)