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A NOT-SO-SERIOUS GUIDE TO ROSE COLOURS – WRITTEN BY A MAN

THE MOST TRICKY THING ABOUT MEN GIVING FLOWERS TO WOMEN IS THE ANNOYING FACT THAT THEY DO SEEM TO KNOW THE MEANING OF COLOURS WHILST US – NOT NECESSARILY.

We’d like to think we do, but let’s face it: we don’t even recognise some of them! Fuchsia? Velvet red? Coral? Periwinkle, sky blue, navy blue, baby blue, emerald, turquoise – like, seriously…
Apparently, it’s not our poor vocabulary – women actually see more colours than us (I don’t remember where I’ve read it but I’m pretty convinced it’s true, based on my recent experience of me and my wife choosing new colours for the living room).

Anyway, back to flowers. The bottom line is, if she knows what she’s getting, you better know what you’re getting her. Otherwise your best intentions can be misinterpreted, and that’s the last thing you want on a date (or, any time, really).

So, without wasting more time, here goes:

RED – LOVE. THIS COLOUR HAS ONLY ONE MEANING, SO PROBABLY BEST NOT TO GIVE IT TO A COLLEAGUE TO CONGRATULATE HER ON AN ASSIGNMENT… IT WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR MISSUS, MOTHER OR DAUGHTER.

LIGHT PINK – ADORATION OF ONE’S BEAUTY, ENCHANTMENT, SYMBOL OF GRACE. IDEAL FOR A FIRST DATE, BUT IF YOU ARE IN A RELATIONSHIP FOR A LONG TIME AND CHOSE LIGHT PINK IT WILL SAY ‘I STILL LOVE YOU THE SAME, AND FIND YOU JUST AS ATTRACTIVE AS BEFORE’.

DARK PINK – CONVEYS THE MESSAGE OF ADMIRATION, GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION. IT’S A GOOD CHOICE, BESIDE THE TWO MENTIONED ABOVE, FOR OCCASIONS LIKE WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES.

WHITE – LIKE EVERYTHING WHITE, WHITE ROSE IS A SYMBOL OF PURITY. IN ADDITION, IT MEANS RESPECT AND LOYALTY. GIVEN TO THE LOVED ONE IT SHOWS THAT YOUR LOVE IS NOT ONLY PHYSICAL AND FOCUSED ON THE LOOKS, BUT DEEP, PURE AND HONEST.

CREAM (YES, IT’S DIFFERENT FROM WHITE) – SYMBOLISES THOUGHTFULNESS AND ALSO CHARM. IT DOESN’T HAVE LOVE CONNOTATIONS, THEREFORE IS A SAFE CHOICE FOR A FRIEND, COLLEAGUE, NEIGHBOUR, OR YOUR BEST MATE’S WIFE

YELLOW – IN THE PAST A YELLOW ROSE USED TO BE A FORM OF APOLOGY FOR INFIDELITY, OR AN ACCUSATION THEREOF. THESE DAYS MOST PEOPLE INTERPRET IT AS ‘FRIENDSHIP’ BUT, HONESTLY; WHY WOULD YOU RISK SUCH AMBIGUITY?

PEACH – MEANS FRIENDSHIP AND LOVE AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU CHOSE TO TURN UP WITH A PEACH BUNCH TO A DATE, SHE WILL MOST LIKELY KNOW THAT YOU’D LIKE TO TAKE YOUR RELATIONSHIP A STEP FURTHER. HOWEVER, GIVEN FOR ANY OTHER OCCASION, PEACH ROSES WILL BE TAKEN AS A SIGN OF FRIENDSHIP, PRIDE AND CONGRATULATION. THEY ALSO SYMBOLISE JOY AND OPTIMISM

WELL, I HOPE THIS MINI-GUIDE IS SOMEWHAT HELPFUL, AND, WHILST I RECOGNISE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE MANY MORE COLOURS OUT THERE, I WILL CONCLUDE HERE AS APPARENTLY I DON’T EVEN RECOGNISE HALF OF THEM!

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