Red Roses

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Photo of red roseFor some reason there seems to be a lot of red roses in the shops at the moment. Something to do with Valentine’s Day, I believe.

So why are red roses associated with love and romance? It seems that the Romans might have started it by associating roses with Venus (the Roman version of Aphrodite), the goddess of love. It is said that as she was searching for her lover, Adonis, she pricked her foot on a rose which was then stained red with her blood. An ancient Persian variation is that of a nightingale who was so besotted with a white rose that it flew down to it; embracing it tightly, the thorns pierced the bird’s heart. The blood shed in love caused to rose to grow red flowers thereafter.Photo of red rose

Across time and cultures, roses are highly prized for their beauty and their scent. Red roses in particular seem…

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