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Symbol Of Friendship

By pamelajean
I wish to extend a big THANKYOU to Carol (CarolG), Robert (bobsblues), Lillian (Lillian), John (lifesnapper), Carole (Rolepics), Sue (snappersue), Mavis (Mavis) and mashwood10 (Pam) for favouring my pink roses with their User Awards.

“Hello you said the day we met
Handing me a yellow rose
You asked me out
And to your surprise
And to mine I said I'd go
I thought it so romantic
And I found you sweet and bold
Though we'd only met
I still said yes
To a single yellow rose”
Yellow Roses by Dolly Parton, first verse.

Yellow Roses have a shorter, albeit no less fascinating, history than other roses. It wasn't until around the 18th century that yellow roses were discovered growing naturally in parts of the Middle East. Prior to this, roses in cultivation predominantly existed in various shades of pink and to a lesser extent, white.

However, once the first yellow roses were introduced, their popularity quickly spread. New rose cross-breeding and hybridization techniques were being innovated which played an important role in the evolution of the yellow rose. One of the more compelling attributes of most roses is their sweet smelling fragrance. This was a trait that the first yellow roses did not share, and in fact, quite the opposite was true! In time however, as breeding and cultivation methods were refined, hybridizers were able to gradually phase in the more pleasing aroma that rose-lovers are accustomed to.

The meanings related to yellow roses has changed over the years. Throughout history, the color yellow has been closely associated with the sun, and so represents joy. Today, yellow roses bring to mind all of the sunny, cheerful feelings of warmth and happiness. In contrast to the romantic meanings attributed to other roses, the yellow rose is purely a symbol for friendship, which gives it a unique place in the pantheon of roses. Yellow roses can send the perfect message of appreciation and platonic love without the romantic subtext of other colors, an appreciative message that is not laced with hopes or hints of romantic notions.
Representing feelings of joy and delight, they are an ideal way to brighten someone's day who may be feeling down.

However, in Europe at the time of the introduction of these roses, the colour yellow carried much more negative overtones. Consequently, yellow roses were long used as a symbol for jealousy and dying love, especially during the early Victorian Period. A yellow rose could signify infidelity within a relationship, the waning of passion, dying love, a broken heart, or extreme betrayal. This analogy could be why yellow roses could also mean Farewell.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Rosa Rosaceae Magnoliophyta Rosales

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ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 4:06PM
Stunning image

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beautiful love the detail well done.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Stunning as usual Pamelajean GrinGrinGrin Simply lovely.

6 Oct 2012 4:13PM
6 Oct 2012 4:14PM
Fantastic! A beautiful rose brimful with colour and detail. Love it.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 4:14PM
Stunning shot, fabulous vibrant colours and teh detail is excellent, beautifully presented.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 4:36PM
A very informative narrative to accompany with beautiful beautiful rose shot, Pamela: the only word that fits is superb.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
6 Oct 2012 4:41PM
Interesting background information to this delightful image.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
6 Oct 2012 5:25PM
I must say you do these subjects so very beautifully Pamela, and this is no exception Wink Wonderful colours, and very nicely presented against that background Smile
Trev Smile
SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
6 Oct 2012 5:36PM
Beautiful crisp image, background nicely blurred out too, a cracker!

jdinne 15 16 England
6 Oct 2012 5:39PM
Pamela simply stunning. Brilliant intro as well.

6 Oct 2012 5:44PM
Great image and narrative - love the intense colour.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Oct 2012 5:45PM
Another stunning presentation, Pamela, you really know how to bring the best out of your floral captures. Carol
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 5:49PM
Glorious colours and tones and a lovely bg to go along with such beauties. Enjoyed your info too. Apparently it was the intro of yellow Roses which introduced the dreaded Black Spot to the UK which is not quite so good!

Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
6 Oct 2012 6:00PM
Fabulous Pamela....

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 6:11PM
Thanks for the interesting history of my favourite coloured rose. Super composition and sharp as sharp can be!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Oct 2012 6:26PM
A real class act Pamela, love the colours and presentation
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 7:11PM
A beautiful and most memorable opening pre-narrative, supported by this gorgeous floral display, kindly provided by these wonderful peach coloured Roses.

Regards Nathan
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 7:31PM
Beautiful roses very well photographed. Its a cracking shot full of colour and excellent detail. A winner all round.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Oct 2012 7:32PM
3D magic again, Pamela, and some great info.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Oct 2012 8:42PM
Another good narrative Pamela,
but no mention of Roy Rogers in the film The Yellow Rose of Texas ?
Not surprising really.
It would be more exciting watching yellow paint dry on the walls !!
A super shot.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 8:58PM
As usual quite amazing image
And what a great write up
Paree 13 616 3
6 Oct 2012 9:14PM
this is beautiful Pamela,
and once again i love the background colours

i love yellow flowers and my garden is full of yellow and peach,

i have a lovely rose that stats off yellow changes to peach and finally to pink,#and smells gorgeous,
so i have the best of all worlds

paree Grin
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
6 Oct 2012 9:55PM
Pinsharp and perfectly balanced presentation ,nicely done .
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 10:26PM
Stunning colour, gorgeous roses, lovely sharp capture.
9 10 10 England
6 Oct 2012 10:48PM
Such excellent detail and colour in this lovely image.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 11:10PM
RONNIE and NEIL: Thankyou so much for your User Awards.

ANN: I didn't know that about the black spot.

MICK: I did think about the Yellow Rose Of Texas, but didn't want to get too boringTongue.

PAREE: Lucky girl, that sounds wonderful.
6 Oct 2012 11:24PM
Perfect shot. Amazing! Don
Tibetan 6 3 England
6 Oct 2012 11:51PM
Many years ago in Persia a King posted a decree that any one of his gardeners that could grow a blue Rose! would have the hand of his Daughter in Marriage! one young handsome gardener had fallen in love with the Princess and decided to win her hand in marriage come what may! he tried every thing he knew to produce a blue rose! but all failed. He set his mind to win her and crept to the garden and dyed a white rose bush blue!, in the morning gardeners ran to the king saying there are blue Roses in the garden! at this the king was delighted and proceeded to view them! magnificent he exclaimed! who grew them! I said the young man for I love your daughter! suddenly a tremendous thunderstorm happened which was unusual for the time of year, the roses began to drip blue dye and turn white! the King was Fuming to say the least! for this young man you will be executed! do you have a last request?, yes to be buried in this garden! and so it came about, a year later the Princess went to his grave and vowed her undying love for him, her tears fell on his grave and before her eyes sprang a rose bush covered in blue roses! she never married, hope you enjoyed my story, it is my story regards Leon, love your Rose's be they yellow, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin P.S. I made this story up to sella prayer rug covered in blue roses, it soldWink
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
7 Oct 2012 12:57AM
Gorgeous -- the roses and your presentation!
rsjkinson 8 5 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 8:34AM
nothing to say but stunning photograph ...could you give me some lessons please WinkWink
7 Oct 2012 9:01AM
Gorgeous piece of work Pam', well done.

John Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 9:47AM
Beautiful work Pamela.

As always outstanding work.........

Beautiful detailed shot and Dolly's words fit it so well.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 9:55AM
Another gorgeous rose image PamelaSmile
saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
7 Oct 2012 11:51AM
What a marvellously informative narative, Pamela, to accompany what is my favourite colour when it comes to roses.
The inclusion of buds in varying stages of opening gives a kind of time-lapse feel to the image.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
7 Oct 2012 4:23PM
This has a beautiful 3-dimensional quality to it.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
7 Oct 2012 5:51PM
So beautiful

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
7 Oct 2012 7:29PM
MAUREEN & KEN: Thankyou so much for your User Awards.

LEON: I love your story, thankyou for sharing it. So sadSad!
I've just read an article about a blue rose having been developed, and it said that "a blue rose has long been synonymous with the unattainable, from signifying unrequited love in Chinese folklore to its Victorian era connotations of symbolising a quest for the impossible".
7 Oct 2012 8:26PM
Beautiful shot Pamela. Love the colours and excellent detail. Great piece of work work.

7 Oct 2012 8:32PM
Gorgeous piece of work, interesting write up
BarbaraR 12 17 1 England
8 Oct 2012 8:23AM
Very beautiful yellow to orange roses and lovely worked b/g too.
I had heard of the Jealousy meaning, but not the nicer modern
thoughts of friendship. Interesting write-up.
I often think yellow is my favourite colour, but every rose has a beauty.
I'm looking forward to a root of 'Blue For You' being delivered to me soon.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
8 Oct 2012 12:19PM
Superbly detailed Pamela and gorgeous colour - I like the various stages of growth in this.
8 Oct 2012 3:29PM
Gorgeous colour and detail Pam,superb as usual..Lin
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 3:31PM
nicely lit and you captured the colours and detail really well Pam.
8 Oct 2012 10:44PM
Stunning work Pamela Well done
9 Oct 2012 5:10AM
I really love your pictures of flowers! This is amazing!Smile
Regards Valery
9 Oct 2012 11:26PM
Lovely colour an detail.......

Ray42 10 3 England
11 Oct 2012 9:20AM
An excellent shot of my favourite coloured rose and a verse from one of my favourite singers too - thank you
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Oct 2012 4:16PM
a wonderful rose, I can imagine the delicate texture is a lovely as the perfume.
xwang 9 56 8
31 Oct 2012 12:01AM
Superb image, wonderful color and clarity... wonderful writing up... sending you a lot of yellow roses..Grin, not while in Europe Grin also the song .. found it on youtube.. I don't quite remember this song...
evelen 13 5 England
5 Nov 2012 6:45PM
stunning image beautiful roses.
13 Aug 2013 12:31AM
stunning shot. The combination of light and background make it incredible! Just wondering if someone is allowed to paint or draw some of your photographs?

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