When to Send Roses
You can say anything with roses. They have been used for centuries to express our deepest emotions – you just need to choose the right colour and amount for the occasion. Roses are most commonly given on Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, weddings and other romantic occasions. However, they are also given on birthdays and Mother’s Day, and are used for thanks, sympathy, congratulations and as a get well gift.
Red roses are the most commonly sent flower and the amount sent symbolises different meanings. A single red rose tells someone that you love them, but a bunch of long-stemmed roses shows someone that you will remember them always and have a long-lasting love for them that runs deep.
A bunch of one dozen red roses signifies ‘the perfect dozen’. The number twelve is associated in many cultures and religions with a complete cycle; twelve months of the year, twelve hours on the clock, twelve signs of the zodiac, etc. This recurrence of the number twelve across the natural and spiritual world has given it a sacred and mystical quality which is universal – hence why a dozen red roses is given as a symbol of true love.
Two dozen red roses has a similar meaning but is representative of the twenty four hours of the day; sending two dozen roses symbolises your love for someone, and that you’re thinking of them every hour of every day. The number twenty four is also often used to symbolise happiness and creativity, but traditionally the romantic message of twenty four roses is that of complete devotion, or ‘I am yours’. That’s not forgetting that two dozen roses creates quite a dazzling impact!
Petite roses have also come to hold their own special meaning. As well as love and gratitude, a bunch of these flowers tells someone that you’re their sweetheart.
The giving of a single rose is not just done as a sign of love. Single white roses are given by someone that wants to say ‘I’m sorry’, a single peach rose is used to send a message of friendship, and a purple rose expresses beauty. Likewise, a pink rose is an elegant way of thanking someone, while a single black rose says ‘it is over’ (the end of a relationship for example). Single yellow roses express happiness and love – sending one to your other half means that you are happy with your love and relationship. However, you must be careful because a yellow rose has two meanings, the other of which is jealously – so make sure they’ll understand the message!
Whichever colour or amount of roses you choose to send, and whatever the occasion, they will always be appreciated. All varieties and types of roses are beautiful, whether sent as a single flower or a large bouquet.