People have been passionate about roses since the beginning of time. The rose is one of the most beloved flowers in the world. It is also considered the best representation of love. This passionate flower is the logical choice for the birth flower of those born in June. It’s difficult to point out one particular reason behind the amazing popularity of roses. Some love the flower for its divine fragrance. Others love it for the variety of colors and species roses are available in. Still more admire its refined beauty which has been greatly enhanced throughout history.
Whatever the reason, roses remain one of the most popular flowers to send to loved ones and friends alike. Still need convincing? Did you know that the rose is edible, can live for a very long time, and is mentioned in the Bible? Keep reading to learn some amazing facts about roses you probably never knew.
The Queen of Flowers: Interesting Facts About Roses
– Roses are one of three flowers mentioned in the Bible and their fossils date back 35 million years. They are long-lived too. One bush in the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany has lived for over a 1000 years and it still blooms today! Also, roses can grow very tall. The tallest ever recorded rose bush goes over 23 feet (7 meters) high.
– There are over a hundred different species of roses with more meanings than one can count. You can come across a June birth flower in pretty much any color of the rainbow, even black, although technically black roses don’t exist. The thing is, an extremely rare breed “The Black Rose of Turkey” comes pretty close. It does look pitch-black to the eye, making it an optical illusion, but in fact it has a dark red color.
– Even though most roses are moderately affordable flowers that are a staple at any celebration, there are a few rare species that cost a pretty penny. The world’s most expensive rose is a 2006 variety by David Austin named Juliet. Breeding this beauty took the renowned rose breeder 15 years and cost 5 million dollars. That would be quite the bouquet to send!
– In the floral world, the rose is the queen. Honored in poetry, film, theatre and music, it’s understandable why the rose is the national flower of quite a few countries including the United States, England and the Maldives.
Ronald Reagan stated America’s love for roses and declared it the national floral symbol of the United States in 1986. It is also the official flower of four states, including New York, Iowa, North Dakota and Georgia. England adopted a rose as its emblem even earlier, since the famous Wars of the Roses in 15th century.
– Roses can grow into an edible fruit called a Rose Hip. Containing lots of Vitamin C, they are used in jam, jelly & marmalade recipes. The rose hip even has some minor medicinal uses and is included in food supplements. Rosewater, which is made by steeping petals in water, is used in cooking. It’s a special feature of such recipes as nougat and baklava.
– June birth flowers are among the most fragrant of all. It’s no wonder that rose oil is a key ingredient in the perfume industry. The wonderful scent of the rose comes from microscopic perfume glands on its petals. But extracting this oil requires huge amount of resources. You need two thousand blooms to produce one gram of rose oil. This makes rose-based perfume or scented items a perfect addition to any June birthday gift!
June is one of only two months that has three birthstones associated with it: creamy-colored pearl, color-changing alexandrite and shimmery moonstone. The spectrum of price points and color options of these gems fit any mood or budget. This makes it easy for those who want to give June birthstone as a gift.
– Pearls are the only gemstones made by living creatures (mollusks). Most pearls sold today are farmed by implanting a grafted piece of shell into pearl oysters or freshwater pearl mussels. But the most valued (and, alas, expensive) are natural pearls made in the wild.
In many cultures, pearls symbolize purity and innocence. Besides being one of the three birthstones for June, the pearl is traditionally worn by brides on their wedding day and also given as a 1st, 3rd, 12th and 30th wedding anniversary gift.
– A relatively newly discovered gem (1834), alexandrite comes from Ural Mountains in Russia. Often described as “emerald by day, ruby by night,” alexandrite is a rare variety of the mineral. It can change color from bluish-green to purplish-red depending on the light. Linked to concentration and learning, alexandrite is said to enhance intuition, aid creativity and inspire imagination.
– When looking at a moonstone glowing like a bright full moon, it becomes obvious how this shimmery stone got its name. As ancient as the moon itself, this June birthstone holds mystery and brings good omens to anyone who wears it.
Since the early days, moonstone with its calming, balancing energies has been a tangible connection to the magic of the moon. It makes a perfect amulet of protection for travelers, a gift for lovers, a source for prophecy, and a path to wisdom. Romans used moonstone as jewelry for nearly two thousand years. In India, the stone has always been sacred, a traditional wedding gift it had a special significance for lovers.
Zodiac & Birth Month Flowers
Gemini (May 22 – June 21)
As the sign with the most dualistic personality, Geminis appreciate birthday gifts that will hit the spot, regardless of what mood they are in today. Either feeling playful or melancholic, they will be grateful for a gourmet gift basket with an assortment of goodies to satisfy any palate. While chocolate can lift their spirits, gourmet snacks will satisfy their cravings and a bottle of fine liquor will help to set the right mood.
When choosing a bouquet of flowers for Geminis, aim for multi-floral arrangements to suit the multi-faceted personality of your recipient. Such flowers as roses (of course!), carnations and chrysanthemums convey many sentiments, a wide range of meanings and can adapt to any type of setting, just like their astrological counterparts.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
Extremely emotional and sensitive, Cancer will enjoy any gift given with love. It’s really your thought that counts, but if your birthday gift delivers the right mix of practicality and thoughtfulness you’re sure to hit the jackpot.
When it comes to flowers, everything that appeals to their sensitivity and romanticism will do the trick. Delicate lilies, tulips, and violets are all great matches for a Cancer. Another way to melt your Cancer’s hard exterior is to spoil them with a pampering gift like a spa gift basket or spa certificate.
When it comes to choosing a perfect Birthday gift and a flower bouquet for your special someone born in June, it’s that background knowledge that will make your gift extra special. Demonstrate that you know about them a little more than they expect and you’re sure to double the effect of your surprise!
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