Feeling Blue? – so are some roses

blueI have chosen a dyed blue rose for the picture, let me give you a little history on how it is grown. While they do not exist in nature, blue roses were traditionally created by dyeing white roses, since the flower lacks the specific gene that has the ability to produce “true blue” colours. In a book which was written in the 12th century, the book speaks of azure blue roses that were known to the orient. These blue roses were attained by placing a blue dye into the bark of the roots.

In some cultures, blue roses traditionally signify a mystery, or attaining the impossible, or never ending quest for the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes. Historically, this symbolism derives from the rose’s meaning in the language of flowers common in Victorian times. Blue roses also convey inner feelings of love at first sight, being enchanted by something or someone. The colour blue is also traditionally associated with royal blood, and thus the blue rose can also denote regal majesty and splendor.

20 years of research has produced the world’s first genetically-modified blue rose. In Japan, where the act of present-giving is highly ritualistic, the new blue variety, Applause, will be marketed as a “luxurious gift for special occasions such as wedding anniversaries” The unique flower sells for 2’000 and 3’000 yen (US$22 and US$33) per stem, about 10 times more expensive than normal. The price may be high, but think of the WOW factor of giving a Blue Rose – the Holy Grail of Roses.

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