Friday, July 24, 2009

'Gelosia' Roses for Kuga Designs

This picture of 'Gelosia' roses is for Bree at Kuga Designs who recently posted about a yellow wedding she did here and here.

We were recently comparing notes on yellow rose varieties that we liked and 'Gelosia' is one I mentioned that she was unfamiliar with. I love the swirly way this variety opens and the faint tinge of green on the guard petals. Those are the outer petals on a rose which are often a slightly different color. They usually get removed by florists because they tend to be a little beat up looking from "guarding" the blossom. But if they're not bruised they can also add lovely depth and dimension to the rose. 'Gelosia' also lasts really well.

This arrangement features the 'Gelosia' roses (as well as my friend Coley who is a rose herself!)

'Gelosia' is Italian for jealousy, which is perfect! In the Victorian Language of Flowers, yellow roses were given for jealousy. Now the color yellow is associated with friendship, but back in the day, when a bouquet given to someone was filled with hidden meaning, the Victorians would have loved this rose.

I wouldn't worry about the meanings behind flowers now a days - I think any gift of flowers obviously means you hold the recipient in some kind of high regard, right?

So any how, promised Bree a picture the next time I had these in. Didn't think I forgot, did you girl?! My rose gift to you!

2 comments:

Bree said...

A woman of her word. Oh, I'm so happy to see them! I really hadn't looked to deep into the yellows till recently and I really like these. *Love* that arrangement with the Kiwi Vine BTW :P

Thanks Sprout, please feel free to give me any tips on roses, I would love it!

Sprout said...

I'll try to share any good rose finds I run across!

Roses are so trendy - I've been doing this long enough now that I've seen several varieties of roses go in and out of style - red alone - Classy, Volare, Cardinal, Charlotte, Madame Delbard, Black Magic, Freedom, Hearts...

Sterling Silver all but gone...so fragrant, but die so fast...

No more Sonia roses...the hugely popular peach before Osiana, Osiana which isn't so popular any more either...

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