Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Rose is A Rose is A Rose


If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.
                                                                                                                                   --Isaac Hayes

In honor of the beautiful but tough-as-nails heroine of my recently- completed erotic fantasy, Black Dog & Rebel Rose (reworked title), I am dedicating a post to the most romantic blossom we know.


A rose is a perennial flower shrub or vine of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae, that contains over 100 species and comes in a variety of colours. The species form a group of erect shrubs, and climbing or trailing plants, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Most are native to Asia, with smaller numbers of species native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Natives, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and fragrance.[1]

The leaves are alternate and pinnately compound, with sharply toothed oval-shaped leaflets. The plant's fleshy edible fruit, which ripens in the late summer through autumn, is called a rose hip. Rose plants range in size from compact, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 7 meters in height. Species from different parts of the world easily hybridize, which has given rise to the many types of garden roses.

The name rose comes from French, itself from Latin, rosa, which was borrowed from Oscan, from Greek ρόδιόν rhodion (Aeolic υρόδιόν wrodion), from Old Persian 𐎹𐎢𐎼𐎭𐎡 wurdi "flower" (cf. Avest. warda, Sogdian ward, Parthian wâr).

Attar of rose is the steam-extracted essential oil from rose flowers that has been used in perfumes for centuries. Today, rose perfumes might blend in such scents as pepper and musk, enhancing this vintage scent and making it more contemporary. Rose water, made from the rose oil, is widely used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. The French are known for their rose syrup, most commonly made from an extract of rose petals. In the United States, this French rose syrup is used to make rose scones and marshmallows.

Rose hips are occasionally made into jam, jelly, and marmalade, or are brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content. They are also pressed and filtered to make rose hip syrup. Rose hips are also used to produce Rose hip seed oil, which is used in skin products and some makeup products.


But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

But he that dares not grasp the thorn Should never crave the rose.

Anne Bronte

Can anyone remember love? It's like trying to summon up the smell of roses in a cellar. You might see a rose, but never the perfume.

Arthur Miller

And she was fair as is the rose in May.

Geoffrey Chaucer

Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.

W. Somerset Maugham

A brier rose whose buds yield fragrant harvest for the honey bee.

Letitia Landon

A rose is the visible result of an infinitude of complicated goings on in the bosom of the earth and in the air above, and similarly a work of art is the product of strange activities in the human mind.

Clive Bell

A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true.

Ray Evans

A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.

Leo Buscaglia

Go, lovely rose! Tell her that wastes her time and me That now she knows, When I resemble her to thee, How sweet and fair she seems to be.

Edmund Waller
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.

Victor Hugo
I named all my children after flowers. There's Lillie and Rose and my son, Artificial.

Bert Williams
I never promised you a rose garden.

Traian Basescu

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