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My Love of Roses: But what lies beneath their beauty?

Updated on January 14, 2015

Red Rose in A Friend's Garden

Ever since I can remember I've had a love of flowers, the Rose being one of my favorite flowers. Of recent years I haven't had a great flower garden but my friend Shirley does have a very pretty garden; hence my photography skills, to the best of my ability, to the fore in her garden; with her permission of course!

So what is it about the rose that makes it the favorite of so many people? After all, each rose has a short life if you compare it to a flower such as an orchid.

I think in my case, it is the beautiful colors of the rose that range from white through to deep reds and purples, and even the color black, or near to black.

I get rather dismayed when the rose petals fall soon after picking roses from the garden. I put them lovingly in a vase and hope that this time, these roses will last a little longer; usually it's not to be.

The Truth of What Lies Beneath the Beauty of a Rose

I'm sure that what lies beneath the beauty of the rose is not news to anyone who has taken the time to pick, or attempt to pick, a rose.

How well I remember as a 7 year old, being taught a song that has stayed with me all of my life. The song, entitled 'Rose Bud In The Heather' tells of a rose about to be gathered. These are the words and the music can be heard in a video below:

Rose Bud In The Heather

Once a boy a rose espied

Growing mid the Heather

Beautiful in all it's pride

Fairer than all flowers beside

If you dare to gather

Rose bud, rose bud, blushing red

Rose bud in the Heather.

Said the boy - I'll gather thee

Rose bud in the Heather

Said the Rose - my thorns now see

You will always think of me

If you dare to gather

Rose bud, rose bud, blushing red

Rose bud in the Heather.

Although there are other versions of this song, that is the version I was taught, and I have never forgotten it. The teacher who taught us the song was a lovely lady and her gentle personality added to the beauty of the learning.

Romance Unforeseen

A True Story

Having loved this song since a young child I accepted it just as I saw it or, should I say, heard it. A lovely song, specially learned.

Before writing this Hub I had given little consideration to the words and music of the song and just simply had the very bland and uninspiring idea that some young man had suffered the pain of a thorn ripping his hand when he tried to pick a rose; the memory being long lasting enough to write about it.

Hmm....... most uninspiring - surely there had to be more behind the story than that!. Does someone write about such an ordinary, even though painful, event, and then it be put to music? I don't think so - there has to be more to it than my ordinary interpretation!

Not being able to live with the simplicity of my interpretation and wishing to bring something more glamorous to my Hub, I've a done a little research to get to the core of the matter only to find that there was something deeply heartfelt that caused these words to be written.

In doing this research I gained the knowledge that the words of the song were written as a poem in 1771 by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe when he was in love with Friederike Brion, to whom the poem was addressed.

The episode (the poem) is the inspiration for Franz Lehár’s 1928 operetta Friederike, which includes a setting of “Heidenröslein” by Lehár.

“Heidenröslein” tells of a young man’s rejected love; the female is represented by a rose.

Further research shows that: On a trip to the village Sessenheim, Goethe fell in love with Friederike Brion, in October 1770 but, after ten months, terminated the relationship in August 1771. Several of his poems, like Willkommen und Abschied, Sesenheimer Lieder and Heideröslein, originate from this time.

So, to the best of my belief, that is the true story of this little poem and the accompanying music. I first thought that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe suffered heartache from a broken relationship, but the research tells us that he wrote the poem whilst in love with Friederike, therefore it seems that his suffering occurred during the ten months of their friendship. It is sad that Goethe had such an experience but through his suffering he gave the world something beautiful to share to this day, as can be seen and heard in the video below.

The music was composed by Franz Schubert in 1815. Although research shows that other composers had set the words to music, the music in the video is that of Franz Schubert.

Research (text appearing in italics) courtesy of Wikipedia.

Photo Courtesy of Pixomar FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Rosebud In The Heather - A Delight

10 Tips for Having Roses in Your Life

Add Daily Joy to Your Life

I get so much enjoyment from roses, even though I don't get around to growing them myself these days but I do remember the lovely rose beds we had in our garden all through the years that our children were growing up.

My Love of Roses: But what lies beneath their beauty? If you don't already enjoy roses I recommend giving more thought to them as they will bring joy to you and your family.

So here are my 10 tips for what roses can do for you.

1. Just one rose alone will give you a feeling of peace if you take time to admire it.

2. A freshly picked rose adds a special beauty to any room.

3. A vase full of red roses adds brilliance to your décor and brings pleasure to all.

4. Not all roses are perfumed so if you prefer flowers without the perfume, the rose is the right flower for you.

5. If you love the perfume of a rose be sure to have a perfumed rose growing in your garden, if you can.

6. Place red rose petals in your bed for a special touch.

7. Make your own Rose Petal perfume; it's much nicer when you make things yourself.

8. Make your own Rosewater. There are many uses for Rosewater in the home.

9. You can make your own Potpourri for extra fragrance in your home.

10. This one I used to love the most: Make roses and rosebuds from fondant to place on your celebrations cakes.

A Beautiful Bouquet of Roses for A Special Occasion

This beautiful bouquet of roses makes a lovely gift for that 'special someone' in your life. Alternatively, add splendor to your décor at times such as entertaining guests. Or, maybe just treat yourself because you can!

Victorian Romance Roses
Victorian Romance Roses

I love this beautiful and elegant bouquet of roses that make a wonderful gift for that 'special person'.

 

About Growing Roses

There is much to learn about growing roses, such as:

* preparing the soil for planting your rose.

* the correct season for planting roses

* how to feed your roses to get the best results

* how to keep your roses pest free

* the correct time for pruning your roses.

All the important growing and caring issues can be learned and it is best to following the experts so as to avoid disappointment if your results are less than you expected.

I highly recommend this book as I am sure that it will help you to get great results if your follow recommended actions.

Foolproof Guide to Growing Roses
Foolproof Guide to Growing Roses

This book contains great information to help you with your rose growing. It also has beautiful pictures and will make a great addition to your library.

 

Roses for Pleasure

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      Valerie Smith 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks Joyfulcrown for leaving a comment about my Roses Hub. I apologize that I have taken so long to respond.

      It's good to know that you have roses in your garden too. Some rose bushes are hard work to maintain but I feel that they are worth the time and effort it takes, as the blooms give so much pleasure.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      I enjoyed your article. I love roses! I have them in my backyard, and really enjoy them.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @PadmashriSriram: Thank you very much for Squid Liking my Roses lens. Thank you also for you kind comment. I love the idea of the Indian ladies adorning their hair with roses; I know that they would look very beautiful :) Thank you also for mentioning my 10 tips; I've been wondering how to extend this lens and maybe I can do it around those tips.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Jogalog: Thanks so much for visiting my Roses lens and liking it. Thank you also for leaving a comment. Yes, roses are beautiful and as it's summer now where I live, there are plenty to enjoy at present.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Erin Mellor: Thank you for leaving a comment; I appreciate it and apologize for taking so long to reply. I like using roses for cake decorations too but I hadn't thought about using them in salads - it sounds like a good idea :)

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      PadmashriSriram 3 years ago

      I love roses and their fragrance. In India, we adorn our hairs with roses. Loved your 10 tips for having roses. Beautiful lens.

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      Jogalog 3 years ago

      I love roses and although we don't have any in our garden, I love to see when when I'm out and about in summer.

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      I use the roses in my garden as cake decorations, or to make salads look extra pretty.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @WendyArts: Thank you Wendy for visiting my Love of Roses lens and liking it. Thank you also for your kind comment.

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      WendyArts 3 years ago

      Roses may not be my favorite flower but I still love them...especially white or yellow roses. I like your lens...good luck with it. I clearly shows your love of roses!

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I love Roses, also use them for meditation purposes. Roses help prosperity grow in your life! And besides that, they are beautiful flowers outside as well as inside! Nice Lens, Valerie!

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @MariaMontgomery: Thank you for visiting my Rose lens and liking it. Thank you also for your very nice comment; I really do appreciate it. Best wishes.

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Roses are not my favorite, but I do enjoy them. My favorites are the iris and the calla lily. Close behind them is the hibiscus flower. I used to raise roses, but grew weary of dusting them, spraying them, and pruning them. You have built a beautiful lens, and I really enjoyed reading it. Well done.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Ben Reed: Thank you so much for your comment. I love your Top 2 Books on Magnets lens.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Doc_Holliday: Thank you for visiting my lens and liking it. Thank also for your nice comment; it is much appreciated. I really like you lens about Ducks.

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      Ben Reed 3 years ago

      A lovely lense. Well done.

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      Doc_Holliday 3 years ago

      The rose is really beautiful, as is your lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @Stephanie36: Thank you Stephanie for visiting my Roses lens and for liking it. Thank you also for your kind comment, and what you say about the little house rose bushes is interesting. As much as I love all rose bushes, I find the little ones so much easier to look after and they give a great display of color. Best wishes.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @wendyb4312: Thank you for visiting my Love of Roses lens and for liking it. Thank you also for your very kind comment which I appreciate very much :)

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from Canada

      Great lens about roses! My grandfather used to keep beautiful rose bushes. Actually, the little house rose bushes are the only plant I seem to be able to keep alive!

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      wendyb4312 3 years ago

      Beautiful lens, just heavenly.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @happy-birthday: Thank you for visiting my lens and liking it; thank you also for your nice comment. I love your Funny Birthday Wishes lens; it reflects lots of fun and energy!!

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @goldenrulecomics: Thank you very much for visiting my lens and liking it. Thank you also for your comment; it was nice to receive it.

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      Valerie Smith 3 years ago from New Zealand

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you for visiting my lens and 'liking' it. Thanks also for your comment. Yes, I think that the words of the poem entwined in that beautiful music will live on for generations to come.

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      Birthday Wishes 3 years ago from Here

      Beautiful lens!!! Thanks a lot for sharing!

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Nicely done. Roses are our favorite around the house.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Interesting, the story of that poem and how it spawned beautiful music. I sure like the looks of those rose gloves..

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      Carol Houle 3 years ago from Montreal

      Nice lens. I dry my roses and keep them a long time before they get too dusty and I have to discard them. Tho I still have a small glass container with my dried wedding roses.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @SavioC: Thank you for your lovely comment. Roses do bring much pleasure and as you have so many colors in your roses, your garden must look very beautiful.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @MissRubyStars: Thank you for your comment and for visiting my lens and 'liking' it. I think that your 'Gift Ideas for the Entire Family to Enjoy' lens is really great.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Deannamay LM: Thank you for visiting my lens and leaving a comment. I really do appreciate it.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Its been for the last 8 months that i took to growing rose plants and I just loved it. I have them in different colors and shapes. Every morning when I used to water them I would feel so happy looking at the wonderful roses. Thanks for sharing your lens.

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      MissRubyStars 4 years ago

      Flowers brighten up any room! Especially roses!

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      Deannamay LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens. I wish I had a green thumb. Thanks

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @BrightDaysAhead: It was a pleasure stopping by your lenses - I really enjoyed my visit. It's wonderful to see what you and so many other Lens Masters are producing. Thank you for visiting my lens and liking it; and thank you for your warm comment :)

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      BrightDaysAhead 4 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by my lenses ValerieJoy! I really appreciate that!

      You did a GREAT job on this lens! I love roses :)

      Welcome to Squidoo, and I hope you have a super fun time here! Much luck and success to you! :)

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @lionmom100: Yes, it's great how sometimes a burst of inspiration can open up a whole new world for us.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      A love of roses began my love of gardening.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Colin323: Thank you Colin for your kind comment. I would like to do some cosmetic things on this lens but time is a factor! I might still get around to it.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @razelle09: Yes, I agree. Although red roses are beautiful, pink roses have an exquisite delicacy about them :)

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Titia: Thank you very much for leaving a comment on my lens. I am really sorry to hear that you lost so many roses; that must have been devastating for you in view of all the work and expense you would have gone to initially to have that number of roses. I'm pleased that some recovered and no doubt they still bring you lots of pleasure with their beauty.

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Really nice lens, Valerie. Good variety of topics here, and well presented.

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      razelle09 4 years ago

      i do also love roses, especially the pink one :-)

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      Titia Geertman 4 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Love your rose lens. I onced had about 200 different roses in my garden, but we had a very bad winter two years ago and of most roses the above ground parts froze to death. Some roses recovered, most however didn't.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @OhMe: Thank you so much for your comment.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @wogadget: Thank you very much for your comments on my lens. I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. I haven't read about the healing properties of roses but it doesn't surprise me that they have that power.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @Snakesmum: Thank you very much for your comment. My appreciated.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @TipsForMoms: Thank you for your comment. I am pleased that you gained something from this lens.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @sybil watson: Thank you Sybil for your comment. I agree - there is nothing like a rose :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I enjoyed visiting these roses and learning more about them.

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      wogadget 4 years ago

      Roses are known for its healing properties too. I read about it in a book. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Although roses are not my favourites, I do like them, especially the strongly perfumes varieties.

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! Great information here and I've learned a few new things.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      There is nothing like a rose - the beautiful colors, the incredible fragrance, and the soft petals. I love all fragrant flowers, but there's just something special about roses.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @aud-vid-n-read: Thank you for your comment.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @electrolion: Thank you for your kind comment. I really do appreciate it.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @takkhisa: Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. It's nice to know that your mother took roses to the temple as others would have enjoyed them too.

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @perryning: Thank you for your comment. It's nice to hear about your daughter loving roses

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @adragast24: Thanks for leaving a comment on my lens; I appreciate it. And yes, I will try the juggling sometime as it has always intrigued me; however I'll make sure my grandchildren aren't around as it might not be good look!

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      aud-vid-n-read 4 years ago

      Roses are beautiful!

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      Roses are not my favorite flower, but I do think they're beautiful; as is this lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this nice lens. Today in the early morning my mother and I went to the temple and she took two roses from our garden :)

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      perryning 4 years ago

      My daughter loves roses more than I. When she picks 1 she always gives it to her Mum. I think if I let her she would pick all the roses in our Gardens complex. Nice Lens

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      adragast24 4 years ago

      I am not sure actually whether or not roses are my favorite flower. I like them but there are so many beautiful flowers out there..

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      Valerie Smith 4 years ago from New Zealand

      @kiwikitkat: Thank you for your comment Kiwikitkat; I appreciate it. Yes, roses do grow well in New Zealand :)

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      kiwikitkat 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love roses too, passed on from my mother, and do grow some here in NZ.