Take Time to Smell the Roses
Shakespeare may have stated that "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," but there is plenty of meaning that is attached to that particular flower title. The red rose in particular has come to be equated with passion, love and romance; a classic among couples in love. However, the history of the rose goes even beyond the young lovers seeking a clandestine meeting to declare their undying devotion.

In the fifteenth century, England was in a battle for control of the country, and the two factions engaged in the conflict used a rose to symbolize the different sides. York was represented by the white rose and Lancaster by the red. This is where the term "war of the roses" was coined. By the seventeenth century, roses were such a rare and valuable commodity; they were often used in place of money as an item of barter. It was China that can be credited with bringing the first cultivated roses to Europe late in the eighteenth century. At this time, the only two colour choices were pink and white. By the early 1800's, red roses had come onto the scene, another flower that originated in China and migrated west.

Nothing says "I love you," like a dozen of these long-stemmed beauties, and now you can order your own bouquet rich with the red blooms and enhanced with Ruscus greenery. Because your flowers are selected and packaged with the utmost care and placed in a water cube for shipping, you can rest assured that your bouquet will reach your recipient fresh and ready for display. You will even receive free chocolates to accompany your roses for a truly special gift. For an additional charge, you can also choose from a variety of additional extras that include a special occasion card, gypsophila, a teddy bear or a candle gift.

For that special woman in your life, show her your love and devotion with this beautiful bouquet of 12 red roses. Every woman loves to receive flowers from her favourite someone, and roses are the elegant, romantic choice. For a gift with a personal touch, consider including one of the additional items like an adorable bear or a handcrafted candle. There is no better way to express your love than with a beautiful, aromatic bouquet like this one. Love is in the air.



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