Pink Rose: Love, Gratitude, Appreciation

A little sweet, a little sentimental, but packing contemporary color punch, pink roses are your go-to multipurpose roses. Whether you’re sending thanks, cheering up a friend, or a recognizing a romantic occasion, a bouquet of pink roses gets it right every time.

Horticulturally speaking, pink roses are a classic—they were the first color rose cultivated, since pink roses are most common in the wild. It went on to enjoy a long history in Western art and decoration before the Victorians went the whole nine yards with the pink rose’s sentimentalism, depicting it everywhere from wallpaper to upholstery to greeting cards. Since then, the world’s love affair with the blushing beauties has continued, but we now see it getting a more contemporary treatment in sophisticated bouquets.

The pink rose has always been associated with feelings of love and gratitude, but as evolving cultivation techniques have created a wider array of pink rose shades, the meanings attached to them have become more nuanced. It’s said that darker pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, while lighter pinks are associated with gentleness and admiration. All good stuff, which brings us back to the original point that you simply can’t go wrong with pink!

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