SYM­BOL­ISM OF THE ROSE

EADT Suffolk - - ANTIQUES -

Over the years, roses have come to sym­bol­ise all sorts of things.

Peo­ple seem to place par­tic­u­lar sig­nif­i­cance on the colour of the rose. We give yel­low roses for friend­ship and red for pas­sion­ate love. Yet the pink of the nat­u­ral Rosa Can­ina rose, for me, sym­bol­ises pure, un­con­di­tional love. It is one of na­ture’s de­light­ful and free ‘gifts’ to us. But be­ware those lethal thorns – some say that it is called ‘dog rose’ be­cause they are curved like a dog’s dew claw.

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