Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Color Of A Rose

I was working on my new manuscript this morning and came to a halt when I wanted my hero to give the romantic gift of a Rose to the heroin. I was stumped when I couldn't decide on the color. After all, a Rose has many colors and each color has a meaning. And when one is talking about love, we automatically assume red is the color of choice. But check out these meanings. As you can see, when it comes to romance there are options. So, I chose orange. Why? because at this point in my manuscript I need the hero to show desire, not love.
Have a fabulous day,,,,
Diane Story

Red rosesred
There’s nothing secret about the red rose’s symbolism of love. Valentine’s Day would hardly exist without this bold and dramatic bloom. The ultimate symbol of romantic love and enduring passion, the red rose also conveys respect and the creative spirit of love. Representing true love stronger than thorns, the red rose is known universally as the lover’s rose.

White rosewhite
Representing, humility, purity and innocence, the white rose - often referred to as the bridal rose - is associated with young love. In Scotland, when the white rosebloomed in autumn, it was seen as a token of early marriage. Also symbolizing truth and reverence, it sends a message of loyalty and says "I am worthy of you."

Yellow rosesyellow
While in Victorian times, the yellow rose symbolized jealousy, today it represents friendship, joy and caring. A bouquet of these sun-filled blossoms conveys warmth, gladness and affection.

Pink rosespink
Symbolizing gentility, femininity, elegance and refinement, the pink rose also carries additional meanings depending on its hue. A deep pink conveys gratitude and appreciation, while pale shades connote grace and gentleness, admiration and happiness. 

Orange rosesorange
With their warm, vibrant tones, orange roses symbolize enthusiasm and desire. If you’re looking for a way to express admiration and attraction - with an underlying message of passion and excitement - then send a bouquet filled with these fiery blooms. 

Lilac roseslilac & purple
Thought to be almost mystical in nature, with symbolism tied to enchantment, desire and even proceeding cautiously, it’s not surprising that lilac and purple rosessend a message of love at first sight, A great Valentine flower.

Multi-colored rosesmulti-colored roses
In some instances - usually when mixing red with another color rose - you can send additional messages with your choice of bouquet. For example, a combination of red and yellow roses conveys gaiety and happiness, while a mix of red and white roses symbolizes unity.