A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Roses symbolize peace, love, friendship, passion, romance, harmony and even death. They serve the ultimate display of emotion, beauty and giving. Their color and even the number given all have meaning. For example-

  • One rose symbolizes devotion or dedication to a person.
  • Two roses symbolize mutual feelings of love and affections.
  • Three symbolize “I love you”
  • Six symbolize “I miss you”
  • Seven symbolize Infatuation
  • Eight symbolize Togetherness
  • Ten symbolize Perfect Love
  • One Dozen symbolize “There are dozens of ways I care about you”

The color meaning is always nice to know when giving and receiving roses. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love referred to as Aphrodite and Venus. In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed. The phrase Sub Rosa, or “under the rose” means to keep a secret – derived from this Roman ancient practice.

  • A Red rose symbolizes Love and used to say “I love you”, but could also stand for Courage and Respect, Romance and Passion.
  • Red with White together or White roses with Red edges signifies Unity and Togetherness.
  • Pink represents Grace, Sophistication and Elegance.
  • Dark Pink conveys Gratefulness and Appreciation.
  • Light Pink signifies Admiration, Sympathy, Joy and Sweetness
  • White symbolizes Innocence, Purity, Secrecy, Friendship, Reverence and Humility.
  • Yellow is often akin to Joy and Deep Friendship or Platonic Love, Happiness and Warmth. A new mother is a prime candidate for a yellow rose. It is also the rose color for Texas.
  • Peach shows Gratitude, Appreciation, Admiration or Sympathy. They also convey Friendship and Sociability.
  • Black is used to signify death. In a positive light it signifies rebirth after death.

I have chosen a total of eight roses and a poem to share with you symbolizing togetherness. I have met some amazing people in my short time through this new world of blogging and it seems we find commonality and appreciation, despite vast differences in our daily lives and cultures. So as the title implies, names don’t really matter, only what things are. Call it what you want, to me this blogging  ‘thing’ brings our lives closer. We may never meet face to face, but it’s always exciting to peek inside your world and read a friendly comment to start the day on a positive note.

A Dozen Roses


I Got A Dozen Roses
From A Friend The Other Day
But I Only Have 1 Left
For I Gave Them All Away


I Gave One To My Sister
Who To Me Is Very Dear
In Hopes That It Will Bring To Her
A Little Floral Cheer



I Took One To A Friend
Who’s Not Feeling Very Well
The Flower Or The Visit
Which Helped More I Could Not Tell



One Went To A Friend
I Haven’t Known For Very Long
She Struggles, So In Some Small Way
I Hope This Helps Her Carry On



The Rest Went To The Ones
Who’ve Helped Me In So Many Ways
They Have Been A Cheerful Presence
On My Dreary Days



The Roses Were So Pretty
I Just Could Not Keep Them All
Except One Single Bud Standing
Beautiful And Tall.



My Friend Gave Me The Flowers
To Help Brighten Up My Day
But The Biggest Joy I Received
Was Giving Them Away

Author Unknown



“Some People Are Always Grumbling That Roses Have Thorns
I Am Thankful That Thorns Have Roses”

Alphonse Kerr

Hope your day is filled with nspiration!

Michael @ Nspired Photography


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