The Symbol of Love - Honoring National Red Rose Day

With its alluring looks, charming form, pleasant smell, and the fact that it is easy to take care of, the rose is definitely the queen of flowers.

By: THURSD. | 06-06-2024 | 10 min read
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National Red Rose Day

There is a special day dedicated to celebrating the most iconic flower of all time which is the red rose. This is National Red Rose Day which is held on June 12 of every year. This is a day that marks the celebration of the timeless beauty, elegance, and symbolism that the red rose represents.

With its alluring looks, charming form, pleasant smell, and the fact that it is easy to take care of, the rose is definitely the queen of flowers. This is more so for the red rose. On National Red Rose Day, flower enthusiasts, romantics, and admirers of all things beautiful come together to honor this queen of flowers in all her glory.

The Significance of Red Roses

Red roses have long been associated with love, passion, and romance. They hold a special place in our hearts and have been used for centuries to convey messages of love, affection, and desire. The deep, rich red color of the rose petals symbolizes love's intensity, making them a classic choice for expressing heartfelt emotions.

Whether presented as a bouquet, a single stem, or even as scattered petals, red roses have the power to ignite passion and evoke powerful emotions. This makes them the perfect gift for anniversaries, Valentine's Day, or any occasion when you want to express your love and admiration.


The History of National Red Rose Day

The origins of National Red Rose Day can be traced back to ancient times when this beautiful flower was revered by different civilizations across the world. The Greeks associated the rose with their goddess of love, Aphrodite, while the Romans linked it to Venus, their goddess of love and beauty.

In more recent history, National Red Rose Day gained recognition as a special day to celebrate the red rose and its significance in our lives. It serves as a reminder to cherish the beauty of this exquisite flower and the intense emotions that it represents.


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Red roses
Photo by Congerdesign


The Language of Red Roses

The red rose has its own language, known as floriography, which was popular during the Victorian era. Each color and number of roses held a specific meaning, allowing individuals to communicate their feelings through the gift of flowers.

When it comes to red roses, their message is clear - they symbolize passionate love and desire. Presenting someone with a red rose is a declaration of your deep affection and an invitation to explore the depths of love together.


Red Roses in a Vase for the National Red Rose Day
A glass vase with red roses.
Photo by Lynda Sanchez


Red Roses in Art and Literature

The allure of red roses has inspired countless artists, poets, and writers throughout history. From famous paintings to timeless love stories, the red rose has served as a muse for creative minds.

In art, the red rose is often depicted as a symbol of beauty, purity, and perfection. Its velvety petals and captivating fragrance have been immortalized in iconic works of art, capturing the essence of romance and passion.

In literature, red roses have been featured in some of the most famous love stories. From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to the poems of Robert Burns, red roses have been used as powerful metaphors for love's intensity and the joys and sorrows it brings.


A painting of red roses for National Red Rose Day
A painting of red roses.
Photo by Pieonane


Celebrating National Red Rose Day

National Red Rose Day is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the beauty and fragrance of red roses. There are a host of ideas to celebrate this special day. You can do so by:

Creating a Red Rose Bouquet

You can create a red rose bouquet by gathering a variety of red roses in different sizes and shapes to create a stunning bouquet. Combine different red rose varieties to add depth and texture to your arrangement. Be sure to include some long-stemmed roses for a much more elegant touch.


Bouquet of red roses for National Red Rose day celebrations
Bouquet of red roses
Photo by @tinyfloweret


Making a Red Rose Petal Bath

Indulge in a luxurious and romantic experience by filling your bathtub with warm water and scattering red rose petals on the surface. The intoxicating fragrance and velvety touch of the rose petals will create a serene and unforgettable ambiance.


Celebrate national red rose day with a red rose petal bath
A red rose petal bath.
Photo by @megicalsoap


Preparing a Red Rose-inspired Cuisine

Explore the culinary world by incorporating red roses into your cooking. From rose-infused beverages to delicate rose-flavored desserts, there are endless possibilities to experiment with. Be sure to use culinary-grade red roses to ensure they are safe for consumption and impart a delightful floral essence to your dishes.


 lemon cheesecake sprinkled with dried red rose petals
 Lemon cheesecake with dried red rose petals.
Photo by @lifeofcarolineeliza


Gifting Red Roses

Spread the love and joy of National Red Rose Day by gifting red roses to your loved ones. Whether it's your partner, family members, or close friends, a bouquet of red roses is a timeless gesture that will undoubtedly express your affection and brighten their day. They definitely will not forget the feeling that these flowers bring to them.


Celebrate national red rose day by gifting red roses
Red rose gift.
Photo by Budgeron Bach


Making Red Rose Crafts

Get creative and make some red rose-inspired crafts to decorate your home or give as gifts. From paper rose bouquets to pressed flower art, there are many ways to incorporate the beauty of red roses into your art and craft projects.


National Red Rose day red rose bouquet
A red rose-inspired bouquet with pine leaves.
Photo by @hbloomflowers


Visiting a Rose Garden

I beg your pardon? Yes, go visit a rose garden!

Take a stroll through a local rosary or visit a botanical garden known for its beautiful rose displays. Immerse yourself in the enchanting sights and intoxicating scents of various red rose varieties. Capture the beauty with photographs or simply enjoy the peaceful ambiance of these natural wonders.


You can visit a red rose garden on National Red Rose day
Red rose garden.
Photo by @ahomma4


The Diversity of Red Roses

Red roses come in a wide array of shades, each with its unique charm. While the classic deep red rose is the epitome of passion and love, there are other hues to explore.

Burgundy roses feature a darker, velvety red tone, exuding an air of mystery and allure. Bright red roses symbolize vibrant love and enthusiasm. Crimson roses with hints of pink are often associated with deep affection and admiration.

Furthermore, red roses can exhibit different petal formations, such as the elegant long-stemmed varieties or the lush and full-bodied garden roses.

The diversity of red roses allows for endless possibilities when it comes to creating stunning arrangements or expressing your emotions.


National Red Rose Day red roses
Red roses.
Photo by GoranH


Red Roses Can Come In Different Varieties

There are many varieties that red roses can come in, each with its own unique characteristics and charm. Some of these alluring rose varieties are:

Grandiflora Roses

Grandiflora roses are tall, elegant roses that produce large blooms with long stems. These roses combine the elegant nature of the Hybrid Tea rose blooms and the high performance of the floribunda roses. They are known for their vibrant color and sweet fragrance, making them a popular choice for bouquets and cut flowers.


Red roses are a celebration of National Red Rose Day
Red roses and other plants.
Photo by @veridiana742


Hybrid Tea Roses

Hybrid tea roses are a classic and elegant variety of roses with a single bloom per stem. These roses have exquisitely formed, pointed bud flowers, with each stem usually holding a single flower with sparse foliage at the base. They come in a variety of shades of red and are known for their long stems and strong fragrance.


National red rose day celebrations with red roses
Red rose
Photo by @_gardenrelax_


Floribunda Roses

Floribunda roses are a modern variety of roses that produce clusters of smaller blooms on a single stem. These roses were originally produced by crossing Hybrid Tea roses with Polyantha roses. They are known for their vibrant color and long-lasting blooms, making them a popular choice for gardens and cut flowers.


National Red Rose day red roses
Red roses.
Photo by @whiteforestnursery


Climbing Roses

Climbing roses are a unique variety of roses that can climb and trail along trellises, fences, and walls. These roses have long, arching canes and a profusion of blooms. Red roses in this rose type come in a variety of shades of red and produce large clusters of blooms, making them a popular choice for creating a dramatic visual display.


National Red Rose Day's climbing Red Roses
Climbing red roses.
Photo by @kwanie_ye_yo


Miniature Roses

Miniature roses are small, delicate roses that produce tiny blooms on short stems. They, essentially are a type of Hybrid Tea roses that are bred to remain small as they produce beautiful blooms. They may come in a variety of shades of red and are known for their compact size and long-lasting blooms.


National red rose day miniature red rose
Smoke rings miniature roses
Photo by @i.dreamofroses


Taking Care of Red Roses

To keep your red roses looking fresh and beautiful while in the garden, there are a number of guidelines that will help you. Some tips for caring for them include:

Watering your red roses deeply, at least once a week, to keep the soil moist. Be sure to water at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the leaves, which can lead to disease.


Red roses on a garden for the national red rose day
Red roses.
Photo by Jenni Kowal


Feed your red roses with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and vibrant blooms. Follow the instructions on the package carefully to avoid over-fertilizing, which can lead to burning the roots.

Prune the red roses regularly to promote healthy growth and control their shape and size. Remove any dead or damaged branches and cut back any stems that have grown too long.


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Red roses.
Photo by kareni


Keep an eye out for pests and diseases that can affect your red roses. These include aphids, thrips, and black spots. Treat the red roses promptly, preferably, with an organic pesticide or fungicide to prevent further damage.

How Can You Care for Red Roses That You’ve Been Gifted?

To ensure that your red roses remain vibrant and beautiful, proper care is essential. There are several care tips to ensure that your red rose remains vibrant and fresh-looking.


celebrating national red rose day with red roses
Vased red roses
Photo by Amelia Cui


Upon receiving your red roses, trim the stems at an angle and remove any leaves that would be submerged in water. This will allow better water absorption and prevent bacteria growth.

Then fill a clean vase with fresh water and add flower food if provided. Change the water every few days to keep it clean and prevent any foul odors. Place your red roses in a cool area away from direct sunlight, drafts, and heat sources. This will help them last longer and maintain their vibrant color.


national red rose day celebrating the red rose
Red roses
Photo by JIHALA


As some flowers start to fade, remove them from the arrangement to maintain the overall appearance and prolong the life of the remaining blooms.

A Celebration of the Red Rose

The National Red Rose Day is a celebration of the timeless beauty, symbolism, and passion associated with the red rose. 

Whether you choose to give a bouquet, immerse yourself in the fragrance of red roses, or explore their significance in art and literature, this special day allows us to appreciate the enduring charm and allure of the queen of flowers. Red roses have the power to ignite emotions, convey love, and create unforgettable moments. 


National red rose day red roses
Red roses
Photo by Nicolae-George Nedelcu


So, just sit back and let the elegance and splendor of these captivating flowers inspire you to embrace love, express your affections, and revel in the enchantment of this iconic symbol of romance as you celebrate National Red Rose Day on the 12th of June.

And with so many varieties of red roses to choose from, there is sure to be a perfect one to fit your taste and style.


Featured image by Amina Filkins. Header image by Couleur.


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