In the words of an old Persian proverb, “The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friend.”
Spring is a wonderful time of year. We can watch the flowers bloom, start to plan summer adventures and genuinely enjoy the fresh air again. Of all the beautiful flowers, the rose captures our attention more than most. With its bold colors and sweet scent, the rose embodies what many want in human connection. The rose symbolizes love and peace.
Roses are generally considered as timeless gifts of love. Interestingly, the ancient Romans started the love story by associating the red roses with beauty and love. Additionally, according to legend, ancient Romans used the pleasant perfume of the rose petals to scatter in baths.
Conversely, according to Greek mythology, Aphrodite created red roses when she was injured with a thorn of a white rose and her blood fell onto the petals. Related to this mythology, some believe the rose was created from her tears as they fell over the blood of Adonis.
From young love and the promise of an unknown future to facing grief after the loss of a loved one roses truly symbolize the circle of life. With their intriguing origin story, significant cultural meaning and plain beauty, it is no wonder that the rose is the most popular flower in the world.
Where to Find Roses Near Me
As the old proverb dictates, “take time to smell the roses.”
Fortunately, there are plenty of places to smell the roses in communities and neighborhoods throughout the country. From the various public rose gardens and private home gardens to retail garden centers and specialty flower shops, roses are all around us.
To learn more about where to find roses in your area, the following ideas offer a few ideas to stop and smell some roses.
Many large cities have a public garden that features roses. These public works projects help provide green space and a calming presence compared to the hustle and bustle of city life. Frequently located in or near parks, public gardens make a great family outing or summer activity. If you are looking to appreciate the sense and sensibilities of the almighty rose, look for a nearby rose garden and pack a picnic for the day!
Similar to public gardens, many municipalities plant rose bushes throughout the town. From parks to flower beds along roads and sidewalks, roses are abundant in many public spaces around lots of towns. While not an afternoon activity, spotting them in your location does literally allow you to “stop and smell the roses”.
For those with a home garden, the rose is an ideal flower. With a long blooming season and routine maintenance (rich, moist soil and sunlight), roses are fairly straightforward. Plus, because roses have stood the test of time (over 35 million years), these are pretty robust plants. Finally, if you are not a gardener, look out for roses in the yards and patio beds of your friends and family as you gather this season.
Like most things you need around the house, the home and garden center in your area likely has a sample collection of roses. Although not an ideal location to “stop and smell the roses” for a relaxing time, finding them in the store may help provide a brief respite. Plus, these locations should have seeds and gardening supplies to start your home garden!
Of course, your local flower shop will have an ample supply of roses. Depending on the need, well-supplied flower shops should have all of your favorite types of roses. However, for some, there might not be a flower shop in your area. If you find yourself in need of fresh roses, but there are no local supplies, then think about flower delivery. Additionally, for those looking for rose bouquets, then consider a fruit flower bouquet, which includes the same great flowers combined with fresh fruit.
The beauty of flowers, and roses in particular, lend themselves to great gifts. For that little something extra, consider elevating your loved ones’ next birthday or anniversary with a FruitFlowers® bouquet.