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“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
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