Fertilization Strategies, Floriography

The Tuesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the Tucson Rose Society will feature two dynamic presentations in the Tucson Botanical Gardens starting at 7 p.m.

The event is open and free to the public.

Veteran rose grower Les Hayt will explain fertilization strategies now that your roses have been pruned and what to do in your garden in February.

Our Vice President Krystal Schmich has prepared a special program about the language of flowers called floriography.

Some blooms represent love – your classic red rose, for example – while others can give you strength or simply brighten up your day such as dahlias and sunflowers.

Within the art of floriography, every flower carries its own special meaning or symbolism, and this can also be influenced by its variety and color.

Some flowers even take on a new meaning depending on the number put in a vase. For example, a single daffodil is a no-no and is said to bring bad luck while a bunch of them can be given for good luck!

Once you understand the meaning of flowers, you can start experimenting with your bouquets and arrangements to let your loved one know exactly how you feel about them. There is no better time to learn floriography than this month since we celebrate Valentine’s day Feb. 14.

The language of flowers is most commonly linked with the Victorian era. It was during the reign of Queen Victoria that flowers were used to communicate feelings that the strict etiquette of the era would not allow to be openly expressed.

Suitors presented bouquets to someone they cared for and watched to see if they were accepted.

  • If the bouquet was held at heart level, they liked what they saw.
  • If the bouquet was held downwards, not this time, pal.

Power Of Red Roses
There is undoubtedly no flower whose meaning is more well known than the red rose which is associated with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love and passion.

The number of roses you send and receive also has meaning.

  • 1 rose – Love at first sight.
  • 24 roses – This huge bunch of roses simply says, “I’m yours.”
  • 50 roses –This is the ultimate romantic bouquet when you want to make an impression.
  • 100 roses – This grand statement suggests that your love is in bountiful supply and will last forever.