ROSES ARE RED,
VIOLETS ARE BLUE,
BUT I TRULY CANNOT FIND,
A GREAT FRIEND LIKE YOU
Roses light up the day. They are gifts for all occasions. A bouquet of roses speaks for itself when presented on Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, or even when one wants to make up after a misunderstanding. Roses in hotels and restaurants are a welcoming sight. Roses in an office creates an informal atmosphere giving a friendly ambience to an otherwise serious setting. But a word of advice. Many would not welcome a bouquet of flowers, even if it were roses in the hospital. Why?????? Any guesses????
Roses come in various colours. There are lavender roses and orange roses, apart from the red, pink and white varieties. One can choose the colour of one’s choice to give away as gifts or for making wreathes for funerals. A combination of colours too are extremely delightful as bouquets.
Roses that are home grown need care, enough sunlight, fertilizers and water. The bush can be a miniature or tall variety. It is a perrenial plant belonging to the family rosaceae. There are more than 100 rose species, some of which are hybrids but all have thorny stems.
Rose water, a by product of the rose oil which is extracted through steam distillation, has a heavenly fragrance and delicious taste. It is used in making cakes, puddings and beverages. It is well known as an astringent in the cosmetic industry.Some cultures use rose water for religious and wedding purposes as well.The oils from the extraction is used for making perfumes.
The fruit of roses called the hip, is a good source of vitamin C. Rose hips can be made into a tea. To add a better flavour, use fresh or dried rose hips together with dried rose petals. In conclusion, the rose should be appreciated not only for its beauty and fragrance but for its other uses as well.