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The Meaning of the Dog-rose

Posted by Suzie Canale on Fri, Sep 09, 2016

To the laden gloom of roses

Desire in the hands of the blind

Prefer, in passing, the dog-rose

Of which I am the loving thorn

That survives your feelings of love.


By Rene Char

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phot credit: via wikipedia

The Dog-rose is a beautiful spring flower blooming petals in soft shades of pink that surround a center of bright yellow sepals.  The architecture is delicately unique as it bends its boughs downward to reflect a waterfall effect.  The species grows in a bush-like formation and is also commonly referred to as “Sweetbriars” and “Witches Briar”.  As if their ornamental features weren’t enough to allure onlookers, the Dog-rose produces ripe red fruit when the autumn season arrives.  Theorists say that the berries are high in Vitamin C so they’re desirable for natural healers who like to use them in brewed teas, wine, jellies and syrups.  


The first recorded significance of the flower dates back hundreds of years ago to The Academy of Floral Games (founded in 1323), which gifted poets a sprig of Dog-rose to reward them for their literary excellence.  Due to this ritual, the branches became increasingly popular and can be found frequently mentioned in several famous poems.  Most prevalent in the United Kingdom, William Shakespeare wrote about the flower in “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” quoting his words:


With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine."


Symbolically, the meaning of this shrub is quite extensive since the two dominating themes surrounding the flower are pain and pleasure.  The reference to “pain” is said to come from the belief that the medicinal properties of the plant can be used to cure a mad dog’s bite.  Rabies were commonly treated with the plant’s nectar before sophisticated medicines were discovered although if you ever find yourself in this situation without a nearby doctor, look for a berry from a Dog-rose bush and squeeze the juices onto the wound.  The positive meanings stem from its focus around “romanticism” and “pleasures of the body”.  In medieval times, Dog-rose was placed at the end of a maiden’s bed to signify a king’s interest in her company after the court and staff fell asleep.  Once the maiden received such a token, she was instructed to sneak into the royal chamber without being noticed where he would be waiting for her.


Today, the Dog-rose reflects a seasonal meaning of awaiting spring since it is one of the first bushes to bloom after the winter’s closure.  Used as either landscaping or as cut flowers, they make a beautiful variety for flower lovers to enjoy both in and outside their homes.  

Tags: Flowers as Symbols, Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Flower Meanings, Dog-rose,

Flowers for Forgiveness

Posted by Eve Dennis on Thu, Nov 12, 2015

Flowers for Forgiveness

They say that forgiveness is one of the hardest tasks we face in our lifetime, especially when the hurt experienced is repeated, and profound. Forgiveness is not just a feeling that arise; it can take many years of work on ourselves, and sometimes, even therapy. Giving forgiveness isn’t the only challenge, however; so, too, is asking for it – admitting we are genuinely wrong or, perhaps, attempting to heal a rift with one symbolic action. Since time in memoriam flowers have had a deep meaning and an ability to relay a host of emotions through their scent and beauty. In this post, we suggest a few flowers that may relay a message that words are unable to, or at least serve as a starting point or a long-awaited reunion with a loved one. Life is too short to hold grudges or to cling to guilt; be bold and make a move, with a little help from the following flowers:

White tulip: When relationships are tense, nothing like the purity of whiteness can restore calm and symbolize rebirth and renewal all at once. The white tulip, which blooms in the springtime, is associated with new beginnings. It denotes that you wish to resume your relationship with someone you love with a clean slate, staring over, as though nothing had ever tainted it to begin with.

Daffodils: These spring flowers also symbolize rebirth. Bearing a beautiful star shape, they are meant to be given in a bunch, since one solitary daffodil is a sign of doom. A stunning bouquet of daffodils begs your loved one to forgive you, much more joyfully than words could ever do. Daffodils are known as ‘the poet’s flower’ owing to their great beauty. They are also known as the Narcissus flower, after the mythological Greek character who grew so enamored by his own perfection, that he turned into a flower.

Spring crocus: This flower is associated with purging following wrongdoing, which is why it is also known as the ‘penitent’s rose’. It represents our heart or soul (the eternal part of our being), which blooms when someone we love forgives us.

Violets: There is a story about author, Stanley Mooneyham, who once stumbled upon a unique flower that seems to have been a violet. The story goes: “One day when (Mooneyham) was walking along a trail in East Africa with some friends, he became aware of a delightful odor that filled the air. He looked up in the trees and around at the bushes in an effort to discover where it was coming from. Then his friends told him to look down at the small blue flower growing along the path. Each time they crushed the tiny blossoms under their feet, more of their sweet perfume was released into the air. Then his friends said, "We call it the forgiveness flower.” To Mooneyham, what made the flower so special was the fact that it did not wait to be asked for forgiveness; it simply gave it, effortlessly, almost at the same time it was being crushed. The story is reminiscent of the eloquent words of Mark Twain: “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet releases as the foot crushes it.”

Blue hyacinths: Another bluish flower that is often given to ask for forgiveness is the blue hyacinth, whose colour represents truth. This flower is particularly ideal for those seeking forgiveness for having told an untruth; it indicates the giver’s sincere intention to speak the truth in the future.

White orchids: This pristine flower represents sincerity, making it another excellent choice for apologizing for past lies. It is also remarkably long-lasting, symbolizing your honest, long-term apology and commitment to change in the future.

Yellow roses: The rose is universally loved by all and is, depending on its color, representative of many qualities, including passion (red roses), purity (white roses) and friendship/forgiveness (yellow roses).

A particularly beautiful gift for someone one has wronged could include a bouquet containing more than one of the flowers mentioned above, and the best-selling book, The Language of Flowers, a love story whose main character struggles through abuse, finding solace in the vulnerability and beauty of flowers. The book is a veritable treasure chest for traditional meanings of each flower, and a sensitive story of redemption, renewal, and forgiveness.

Tags: Flowers as Symbols, Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Flower Meanings

What Is the Meaning of a Green Rose ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Nov 05, 2015

Green Fashion, Jade and Wimbledon roses arrive from Ecuador every Tuesday at Exotic Flowers in Boston. Wimbledon are a vibrant lime green and always sell out in a few days. 

Not only a symbol of envy, but also infatuation. If you fear coming on too strong, you may want another color. 

 

Tags: Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Roses, Flower Meanings

What is the Meaning of a Lavender Rose

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Cool Water, Blueberry and Deep Purple roses arrive regularly at Exotic Flowers in Boston. Bostonians adore these shades of lavender roses. 

A symbol of affection and enchantment, you can see why the lavender rose is a top seller.

 

Tags: Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Roses, Flower Meanings

What in the World is a Halloween Rose ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Oct 30, 2015

VIP Roses in Holland creates the coolest roses. These roses not only look like dessert, but smell llike it too. They are real roses and dipped in wax to look like chocolate and frosting. They are not for consumption.

Looking for meaning ?? These roses not only trick you into thinking they are dessert, but are a true treat for flower lovers.

Tags: Candy Roses, Halloween Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Roses, Halloween, Flower Meanings

What is the Meaning of a Black Magic Rose ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Oct 27, 2015

While the Freedom rose from Ecuador is our standard red rose, at Exotic Flowers we also carry Black Magic and Red Paris roses when a client is looking for a darker red or burgundy rose. 

A symbol of unconscious beauty and beauty within, the black magic rose tells its recipient that you are enamored with their humility and inner beauty.

Tags: Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Roses, Flower Meanings

What is the Meaning of a White Rose ?

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Oct 22, 2015

The white rose arrives in many shades, cream, ivory and pure white. At Exotic Flowers, our two most popular varietiies are (Tibet) and off white (Mondial)  - we sell hundreds of each every week. 

A symbol of innocence and purity; the white rose also tells its recipient that 'I am worthy of you.'

 

 

Tags: Language of Flowers, Rose Symbolism, Roses, Flower Meanings

The Run For the Roses

Posted by Suzie Canale on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

The Kentucky Derby

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photo credit: kentuckyderby.com

On the first Sunday of every May, one of the most famous races in the United States history will occur where jockeys strap their legs into the stirrups of some of the most impressive thoroughbreds ever to run the track.    Referred to as, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, The Kentucky Derby has long been celebrated as not only a highly anticipated sporting event, but also one of the largest social gatherings in the south.  Taking place in Louisville, millions will stand by to witness who the lucky victor will be, where they will be able to compete in the next two rounds towards the Triple Crown.  The Kentucky Derby officially started on May 17, 1875 where a horse by the name of Aristides took the title as the first official winner.   Yes, right about now, riders, breeders and staff will all be doing their best to prepare for this special day at Churchill Downs. 

 

So why would a florist be interested in this as a blog topic? 

 

The flowers of course! 

 

Along with setting up food vendors, grooming the grounds and organizing ticket sales, floral designers are making their own plans to create beautiful pieces fit for these athletic competitors and their fans.  The most impressive showcase that must be focused on is the blanket of roses to be placed over the first horse to cross the finish line.  Along with a trophy and the pride of the rider and owners, the steed will also be gifted with an intricate woven quilt of flowers that is typically presented in the deep shade of red.  What will this year’s florist have to choose from for possibilities?  Here are a few of the top selections that Boston florists are hoping they will see on the estimated five hundred and fifty four headed blanket of roses.

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                  photo credit: kentuckyderby.com

Kentucky Derby

It’s obvious where this rose earned its name.  Yes, this is one the favorite flavors used for the blanket and for good reason since its tight head, vibrant color and stunning shine brings a real presence when arranged with similar varieties.  You can almost count on seeing this stunner amongst the petals of the blanket.

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Black Magic

Black Magic rose’s claim to fame is the soft velvet texture, star like formation when fully opened and the beguiling scent that heads give off once fully matured.  This variety is sought ought for it’s deep crimson shade-one the darkest colors in the rose spectrum.  They have a reputation for having a longer lifespan than others as well.

 

Black Baccara

Another dark shaded beauty, Black Baccara roses are another highly requested bloom for florists but they were originally bred as tea roses, which can easily be grown in gardens.  The sophisticated appeal of this variety makes them a wonderful incorporation to the Derby blanket because of its longevity and dynamic presence when combined with similar blossoms. 

Tags: Rose Symbolism, Roses, #EXFL, Kentucky Derby

Rose Colors and Their Meanings

Posted by Suzie Canale on Fri, Feb 06, 2015

It’s Valentine’s Day and you need to come up with a bundle of gorgeous roses asap but aren’t sure what to get.  If you’re like most guys, a dozen red will do but I’ll have you know that you may not want to choose the color so quickly without a little research first.  Did you know that a pink tinted flower could send an entirely different message than perhaps roses in the shade of purple?  Or how about white petals instead of yellow?  It’s true that each color option reveals an individual theme so it’s important to select the one that correctly portrays your feelings.  You might think its ridiculous that any woman would ever fall for an impression based solely on the color of a rose but I assure you, it has happened before.  Would you want to imply marriage to a girl that you simply wanted to recognize as a good friend?  How about giving the intention of affection when you really wanted to send your condolences?  I’m telling you, this is a crucial step in choosing the proper Valentine’s Day roses for your sweetheart.  Here is an easy to follow guide that outlines the shade and meaning of each variety of rose available to you this holiday.

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                 Color                                                       Meaning

           White Rose                                Innocence; I'm worthy of you.

        Burgundy Rose                                      Unconscious Beauty: Beauty Within

        Lavender Rose                                           Affection; Enchantment

           Green Rose                                         Envy; Infatuation

            Light Pink                                    Grace; Friendship; Joy

              Yellow                                             Joy; Friendship; Let Us Forget

            Magenta                                 Encouragement; Message of Love

          Dark Pink                                               Thankfulness

            Orange                                               Variety; Creativity; Fascination

             Peach                                                Desire; Gratitude; Appreciation

              Red                                      Love; Passion; Respect; I Love You.

            Purple                                               Reward of Virtue; Worthy of Royalty

              Blue                                                          Mystery

          Rainbow                                                  Party Time

 

Now that you’ve perused the list and probably found the appropriate shade matching your intention for this holiday, it’s time to pick up that phone and order your Valentine’s Day flowers today!  Don’t forget to mention to the sales representative the specifics of your order and request that no substitutions be made just in case there is a diminished supply of your selection.  If this should occur, never underestimate the power of a pretty mixed bouquet and a great bottle of wine!

suzie_patriots Patriots Fan Suzie Canale at her Westwood home.

Suzie loves garden roses.

 

Tags: Blue Roses, Rose Symbolism, Valentine's Roses, Valentines Day

Valentines Day Love Songs

Posted by Suzie Canale on Sat, Jan 24, 2015

Valentine’s Day brings out the largest played genre of music, love songs of course!  The best crooners of all time are played over the loud speakers, adding to the romanticism of the holiday celebrations.  Music is essential for a successful Valentine’s Day and may be so important in fact, that it may be useful to scout out your preferred selections prior to the big day!  For some, easy listening is the way to go and for others, a soulful ballad is a better fit.  Whatever your tastes may be, keep in mind there are love songs that have stood the test of time and have become classics for Valentine’s Day.  Here are the most played tunes for the month of February:

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“Still Into You” by Paramore                          “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles

“Little Things” by One Direction                    “Baby Love” by The Supremes

“A Thousand Years” by Christna Perri          “Love Story” By Taylor Swift

“I See the Light” Tangled Soundtrack           “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder

“To Make You Feel My Love” by Adele        “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue

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If you’re a florist and looking for a Valentine’s Day/Flower themed love song, check out the lyrics to Jim Reeves’ “One Dozen Roses” that shares a sweet tune about placing his heart within a dozen roses for his sweetheart.  The words are beautiful and directly reflect the sentiment that most florists aim to please when making their Valentine’s Day arrangements for clients.  Check out these lyrics and see if it might be the perfect track to play in your stores this holiday!

Give me one dozen roses
, Put my heart in beside them
, Send them to the one I love.

She'll be glad to receive them, 
And I know she'll believe them
, There's something we've been talking of.

There may be orange blossoms later, 
I think that there will
, She's done something to me, 
And my heart won't keep still.

Give me one dozen roses, 
Put my heart in beside them
, Send them to the one I love.

There may be orange blossoms later, 
I think that there will, 
'Cos she's done something to me
, And my heart just won't keep still.

Give me one dozen roses
, Put my heart in beside them, 
Send them to the one I love
, Send them to the one I
, Send them to the one I love.

suzie_canale_westwoodSuzie and Rick Canale,Westwood, MA

Although Suzie's husband Rick will be working late on Valentines Day, they will celebrate Valentines Day the following weel at the Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill.

Tags: Rose Symbolism, Music, Roses, Valentines Day, Romance

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