Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of roses
By Kathy Conner Cornell VCE Southside Master Gardener This coming Sunday some lucky people will be receiving red roses to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While in school, I took some floral design classes. In one lab we had to arrange a dozen long stemmed roses as would be packaged for Valentine’s Day. I took a picture because it looked so beautiful. I knew I’d never get a box of roses. My husband knows me well enough that if he wants to give me roses, he’d get me the whole bush. This got me thinking to how red roses came to represent love beyond their sheer beauty. It goes back to Greek mythology. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, was madly in love with Adonis, a mere mortal. She warned him not to hunt wild animals. His dogs spooked up a boar. Adonis drew his spear and rammed the boar. The boar raged and sunk his tusks into Adonis’ groin killing him. When Aphrodite heard his cries, she ran to his side pricking her foot on a white rose. Her blood turned the rose red, the first red rose on earth. In another version, Aphrodite sprinkled Adonis’ blood on the rose and the rose turned the exact color of his blood.