Rose colors and meanings (continued)

To continue the previous topic about rose colors and meanings, I would like to share 4 more rose colors and meaning in this blog.
The group of purple roses contains the colors connected with lilac, blue, plum and lavender. The colors are often pastel in the wild. The purple rose was first bred during the early 1800s, as a crossbreed of the common European rose along with a selection of roses brought in from China.
The most widespread meaning of the purple rose is enthrallment, especially at first sight. Opulence, glory and majesty are some other interpretations given to the purple rose. Purple being a color of elegance and grandeur, it only fits that the rose also pays tribute to these characteristics. Purple rose is perfect for many occasions, such as mother’s birthday, grandma’s birthday, anniversaries, etc.
Most rose historians agree that the green rose first appeared as early as 1743, but it wasn’t until the mid-19th century that the rose began to attract attention in England and elsewhere around the world. In 1856, the U.K. firm of Bembridge & Harrison offered a unique green rose for sale.
The official name of the green rose is “rosa chinensis viridiflora,” but it is also referred to as the China rose. Speculation has it that the China green rose evolved from the “Slater’s Crimson China,” though there seems to be no substantial proof of this. Most Rosarians (rose experts) believe the green rose actually emerged in Georgia or South Carolina. In 1849, a Philadelphia nurseryman named Robert Buist was known to have the rosa viridiflora in his nursery inventory. He was reported to have first acquired cuttings of the green rose in Charleston years before in 1833.
The most significant and popular meaning of the green rose is fertility. Green rose also symbolizes self-respect and well-being. The green rose also signifies the constant rejuvenation of spirit, and is therefore a messenger of cheerfulness. If you are going to a baby shower, housewarming party or visit patient, green rose is a great choice.

Black roses are often featured in fiction with many different meanings and titles such as Black Velvet Rose, Black Magic, Barkarole, Black Beauty Tuscany Superb, Black Jade, and more. The flowers commonly called “black” are actually very dark shades of red, purple, or maroon.

The magic of black flowers has attracted our attention for centuries. Black roses appear to originate from a fairytale-world. Their improbable and “unnatural” color inspires a powerful feeling of mystical expectation.

The color black has always been synonymous with death and mourning. It is thus the color of sadness and farewell. So, many people consider black roses to symbolize bereavement, loss and mortality. A single black rose might be sent by a close friend and/or loved one leaving for a war or on a journey from which he did not expect to return. But, a more positive meaning does exist for the black rose. It can also be the beginning of new things, a journey into unexplored territory. Black roses are also good for Halloween, a fitting addition to the decorations along with black candles, black clothes, and so on.

It was only around the turn of the 20th century that rose cultivators began experimenting with crossing the yellow rose with the red. Suddenly, there was a whole new rose meaning on the scene. Blending the friendly associations of the yellow rose with the true-love implications of the red enabled a much subtler, intriguing suggestion of love emerging from friendship— dangerous stuff! Thankfully, the orange rose has absorbed other suggestions over time and it’s now appropriate for any enthusiastic message, whether of love, thanks, friendship or congratulations.
One meaning of the orange rose is fascination. When you are totally besotted and completely bewitched by somebody, send them an orange rose. Enthusiasm and unlimited energy are some other meanings of the orange rose. When new ventures begin, the beginning of a journey – the orange rose celebrates all new beginnings.
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Rose Colors & Meanings

For over centuries, roses have been the symbol of love. No matter it’s Valentine’s Day or anniversaries, people love to express their love with rose. When it comes to the word “rose”, most people would think about red rose. However, there are so many different colorful roses in the world, and each color represents different meaning. I hope the following guide of rose colors and meanings will give you more options when choosing roses for your loved ones next time.

The red rose began its illustrious symbolic history in Greek and Roman iconography, where it was tied to Aphrodite, or Venus, the goddess of love. Later, in early Christian times, it became associated with the virtue of the Virgin Mary. By the time of Shakespeare, it had already become a poetic standard that he, and later Gertrude Stein both famously played with.
Through the long and storied history, the bright red rose still reigns as the ultimate symbol of romantic and love, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, wedding proposal. Desire is another facet of the red rose. In addition to beauty and passion, red roses also symbolize courage. The red rose celebrates the creative spirit of love.
The most famous meanings of the white rose arose from mythology. Many of these myths surround Aphrodite (or Venus to the Romans) as the Goddess of love. She sprang forth into life from the foaming sea, and where foam spilt to the ground, white roses sprung.  This and later myths about Aphrodite display the dual nature of love: purity and innocence represented by white roses; desire and sexual gratification by red ones. In one famous myth, Aphrodite runs to help her wounded lover Adonis and catches her flesh on the thorns of the white rose bush. Her blood, falling onto the bush, turns the roses red, symbolizing the way innocence and purity change to experience and motherhood.
The color white has always been synonymous with purity and virtue. And so, sincerity, purity, and chastity are some of the obvious meanings of a white rose. Sometimes called “the flower of light”, one of the meanings of white roses is everlasting love – love stronger than death, an eternal love, undying and all sustaining. White rose speaks of a love that is sustained more by loyalty, reverence and humility than by red-blooded passion. Nowadays, white rose is perfect for wedding decoration, bridal shower, baby shower.
By the 18th century the worldwide love of roses was in full swing, but they were only cultivated in shades of pink and white. At last, the elusive yellow rose was discovered growing wild in the Middle East, and the European love affair with yellow roses was born. The early yellow rose lacked the sweet scent for which the rose is now famous, but as cultivation methods were developed and refined, the beloved sweet-and-spicy rose scent was soon introduced and the yellow rose achieved all its optimistic and aromatic glory.
Yellow roses express joy, gladness, and friendship. They are given to new mothers, newlyweds, and graduates. Yellow roses are also good to celebrate new beginnings. The yellow rose within marriage implies sweet domesticity and familiar love. Personally, I do love yellow rose, not only because it’s good for so many occasions, but the bright color, which makes you feel warm and energetic.
Perhaps the most touching meaning of the pink rose can be found in the story of a mother’s ultimate love and devotion for her child. Legend says that when Mother Mary first saw her son Jesus walking up to Calvary Hill, struggling to carry the cross where he would eventually be nailed to, the first tear that slid down her cheeks landed on barren soil. Once the crowd began to thin out, the first perfect pink rose grew up from that single, precious tear.
There is nothing more touching than for a mother than to receive a bouquet of sweet pink roses as these clearly allude to the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Whether it’s her birthday or its Mother’s Day, pink roses are the perfect gift for her. Nowadays, pink roses are often seen in bridal arrangements, thank you or congratulations bouquets. An admiration for beauty, refinement and enduring grace is also what the pink rose connotes. The color pink also gives people a feeling of cute and lovely, which is also perfect for little girls.
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Top 5 online gift stores

Do you love shopping online? Have you ever bought any gifts online for your friends and families? How do you like the shopping experience so far?

Well, I know that different people may have different ideas towards online gift shopping. But I do love shopping online, not only because it’s time saving, but also there are thousands of fun items out there. So, I would love to share some great online gift shopping sites.

1. Etsy.com 

Etsy.com is the most popular marketplace to buy and sell unique good. Most of the goods are handmade. The sellers are from all around the world, which allows you to meet lots of amazing products. You will find hundreds of designer pieces, from clothing to home decor, from gift to art piece. This is so far the best place to shop for something special for yourself or for your friends and families.

2. Bonanza.com

Bonanza.com took 1st place in 2014 EcommerceBytes Sellers Choice Awards after finishing 4th for three consecutive years. It’s voted as the best curated marketplace both for buyers and sellers. Bonanza now has over 25,000 sellers offering a vibrant collection of fashion, home decor, collectibles, and more. The reason why I love shopping here is because you can chat with seller while shopping. So, if you have any question about the product, you don’t need to email the seller and wait for response. You will receive real time customer service. Really convenient!

3. AHALife.com

AHALife is a e-commerce site for hard-to-find and exclusive luxury lifestyle products. As you can tell, the products could be pricey comparing with other online gift shopping sites. But, it definitely worth the money. What makes the site compelling is the blend of content, commerce, and curation in AHAlife’s platform. Celebrity curators on the site include Tim Gunn, Wendi Murdoch, Donna Karan Daniel Boulud, Cynthia Rowley, and Tina Brown. If you prefer something that a little bit high-end, AHALife is the right place.

4. Cargoh.com

Cargoh.com is another curated social marketplace for independent creatives. It’s the most social place to buy and sell products from the world’s leading independent brands. This is the heaven for people who love DIY products. Each product is unique, you probably can not find the same item anywhere else. The shopping menu is clear and user friendly. You won’t waste too much time on finding what you want.

5. UncommonGoods.com

When they call it uncommon goods, they mean it. The website is so well organized, you can easily pick up the right selection without searching too long. UncommonGoods also provides design ideas for their products on their in site blog. Their blog is really helpful, you can find recipes, decor ideas, gift guide and more. This is definitely a good place not only for shopping, but also for entertaining.

Next time when you shopping for gift, try these online stores. Disappointed, NO! Surprise, YES!