Stop and Smell the Roses

June 4, 2012    |    By +
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June is National Rose Month, and roses happen to be the most popular type of flower to grow, give, and get. Rightfully so! Rose bouquets come in at least nine colors, have a beautiful fragrance that isn’t overwhelming & they last a long time. Most importantly, anytime you get them you feel special. For the rose lover who wants to enjoy them beyond the flower itself, there are also lots of great rose-themed gifts.

While we are on the subject – I thought I would ask a question that has puzzled me for years. What does the Gertrude Stein quote, “A rose is a rose is a rose,” actually mean? Is it as simple as it sounds? I have always assumed it meant what you see is what you get – but I have a feeling others would disagree. Anyone want to educate me?

More fun rose quotes.

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. – William Shakespeare

Life is a rose, beware of the thorns. – Unknown

“You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Tom Wilson, from the “Ziggy” comic strip .

I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall. – Eleanor Roosevelt

What is your favorite type or color of rose to give or receive? Need inspiration? We put together a Flower Colors Gift Guide to help you make sure your bouquet means what you intended.


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