In the life of a Victorian woman, the colour and number of roses received held a secret message.
Red was symbolic of love, passion, romance, beauty and respect.
White meant purity, truth, innocence, humility, reverence and loyalty.
Pink was "femininity", refinement, elegance, appreciation and gratitude. Pale pink meant admiration, happiness and grace.
Lavender or lilac roses were symbolic of love at first sight. Enchantment, desire and a message of 'proceed with caution' were attached to purple roses.
Orange denotes passion, desire, attraction, enthusiasm and excitement.
Peach roses meant modesty.
Yellow blooms had a history of signalling jealousy. That has evolved and changed to caring, friendship, joy, warmth and affection. There is a message of 'promise of a new beginning'.
Yellow with red tipped petals: friendship and falling in love.
Mix red with white roses= unity
Mix red and yellow buds= happy & jovial
Black roses symbolise death
Blue roses have a message that relationship is impossible and unattainable.
Glad all I have to interpret is that I was thought about and my sweetie likes to give roses!
There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.
- Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist
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