R is for....Roses

Flower of the Month - Roses

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the R word is on our mind. No not romance, but R for Roses! The iconic flower of love, Roses are undeniably the number one cut flower choice and always prove a hit with our local customers. And with their natural beauty, array of pastel or rich colours and dainty scent it is easy to see why!

Here at Funky Flowers we love sourcing a variety of roses from trusted suppliers; from long stem roses for romantic bouquets to spray roses for perfect Mother’s Day hand-tied. We delve a little deeper in to the story behind roses and offer our top tips on looking after your roses.

What roses to choose for Valentines

  • The classic 12 red roses, that say “be mine forever”. Mix it up a little by mixing red roses with white roses, which look gorgeous complimented with lush green foliage.
  • For a contemporary Valentine, choose a mixture of red roses, pale pink roses and hot pink roses.
  • Looking for an extra special romantic Valentines gift? Check out our Gold Rose Heart Box from our exclusive One Year Roses collection - made with preserved roses, these make a beautiful lasting gift.
  • Yellow roses represent friendship and happiness, the perfect bouquet to send your BFF on Galantines Day.
  • Have a browse of our Valentine's Day range online for inspiration - same day delivery is available when ordered before 2pm and we can arrange delivery to West Drayton, local surrounding area and nationwide.

Weird and wonderful rose facts

  • Roses have been blooming for many years; researchers found fossilised remains of wild roses from 40 million years ago.
  • There are over 150 species, and thousands of hybrid roses. Due to demand, the number of new varieties and cultivators grows year on year.
  • Up until the 18th century Roses were only available in pink and white, only later did red, yellow and other colours added. Recently the ‘rainbow roses’ has proven a popular alternative for those looking for a magical touch.
  • Each colour of rose signifies a certain value. For instance,  red rose is a symbol of love, yellow of friendship, orange of enthusiasm, white of purity, pink of joy, burgundy of beauty and violet of royalty.
  • As the Greek mythology tale goes, Aphrodite (the goddess of love) is said to have created the rose from the tears she cried over her beloved Adonis.

Looking after your Roses

  • Trim 3-5cms off the base of the stem at a diagonal angle, using sharp scissors or knife.
  • Leave the thorns on the stems, as it helps the rose last longer.
  • Remove any leaves that will fall below the water line.
  • Place roses in a clean vase, filled with fresh tap water and add the sachet of flower food.
  • Avoid displaying the roses in a draught, direct sunlight, near a heat source or by a fruit bowl.


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R is for....Roses