The overlapping petals of the rose honours the flower
one of the most beautiful designs in nature.

Because of the rose's enchanting beauty, the flower has
become a symbol of love, passion, peace, friendship, hatred and
death for many centuries.

During the morally strict Victorian era,
lovers and friends often used a bouquet of roses as a reliable
conduit to exchange secret messages without raising suspicion. Each
varied flower arrangement in a bouquet carried a different meaning;
the number of roses, the colours, fully or half bloomed, and the
combination with rose buds all had significant relevance to
the implied message. A single rose meant, 'I love you.'
A single rose with white rose buds meant 'I love you
though you are young,' and so on.

Even before the Victorian era, the Romans had used
roses to communicate their emotions. The number of roses to be
used in specific messages was connected with the holy numbers
in the Bible, such as three, seven and twelve. Twelve roses in
a bouquet is still the most significant symbol
of true love.

Even today, after centuries of
communication technological evolution, we still turn
to the humble rose for the messages of the heart. An 'sms' can
say sorry, but a rose can move the heart.

Flowers are also readily accepted as substitute for the
absence of one's presence at a funeral. A shy boy could leave a rose at
his desired girl's doorstep and evoke a favourable outcome.

Thus, time may take away
our humanity, but the rose will
always bring it back.

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