A Rose of a Different Colour
Some say love, It is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, It is a hunger, an endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower, and you its only seed.
It's the heart, afraid of breaking, That never learns to dance.
It's the dream, afraid of waking, That never takes a chance.
It's the one who won't be taken, Who cannot seem to give.
And the soul, afraid of dying, that never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely, And the road has been to long,
And you think that love is only for The lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun's love In the spring becomes the rose.
As today, roses are cultivated for their perfume. Rose oil is still an expensive commodity which demands thousands of petals for a few drops of oil. Rose water has been used in food and medicines for thousands of years. Ever wondered how Turkish Delight gets it's flavour? The answer is, rose water.
A huge amount of time and money is spent today on cultivating roses for their visual appeal. The number of varieties seems endless. There are roses available in virtually every colour. It seems that the only colour which has evaded growers is a 'true' black (although they've come very close). We humans see roses solely by visible light, but, to the insect world, a rose petal is a work of art, with guidelines, invisible to us, directing the insect to the nectar at its base. Insects see the rose in ultraviolet light. Strange as it may seem, the red colour appears black to many insects and the red rose would be ignored, were it not for the guidelines. The subtle scent of the rose is designed by nature to appeal not to humans, but to the insect world. They are drawn to them as if by a magnet!
A whole mythology has been drawn up on the colour of the rose. Each has a subtle meaning. From the red rose of true love to the yellow rose which means 'joy and friendship'. Each coloured roses has a meaning and you can use them to send a subtle message.