When everything’s coming up roses there’s no better way to celebrate than with a bright bouquet of orange roses. With their suggestions of fire, citrus, glowing sunsets, they have a passionate intensity that says thanks, congratulations or I love you with boundless enthusiasm. Also, since orange roses haven’t been on the scene all that long, they have a contemporary flair.
It was only around the turn of the 20th century that rose cultivators began experimenting with crossing the yellow rose with the red. Suddenly, there was a whole new rose meaning on the scene. Blending the friendly associations of the yellow rose with the true-love implications of the red enabled a much subtler, intriguing suggestion of love emerging from friendship. Dangerous stuff! Thankfully, the orange rose has picked up all kinds of other suggestions over time and it’s now appropriate for any enthusiastic message, whether of love, thanks, friendship or congratulations.
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