The Mystical Enchantment of Purple Roses
Purple roses have a divine scent unlike any other rose.
I adore roses as most people do, but my very favorite is the purple rose. The color and scent have always brought joy to my senses and peace to my soul.
Years ago when I lived in Seattle, I had a beautiful lavender-color rose bush in my front yard. Every summer (sometimes continuing well into October) this bush would produce beautiful and delightfully fragrant blooms. Since it was more of a long stem rose variety than a bush, there were usually never more than 4 or 5 blooms at a time. Each bloom only lasted for a couple of weeks so I never cut any for the house. Instead, whenever I passed by them I always made sure to "stop and smell the roses" for a hit of purple bliss – sigh.
In the language of flowers, every flower has a meaning of its own followed by the color of that flower. Roses in general represent Love. Therefore, the meaning of a "purple" rose is derived by combining the rose's traditional meaning of "Love" with traditional meanings of the color purple - magic, royalty, and spirituality. Our result is majesty, enchantment, mystery, and spiritual love. Purple adds a magical vibe, an enchantment in love, and a deeper spiritual connection to earthly living.
From dark purple to lighter shades of lavender, these roses have become a popular addition to traditional romantic floral choices. With regard to color it is said that the lighter shades of purple such as lavender, represent enchantment at first site. If you have a crush on someone, sending them a lavender shade of rose would be a good color to let them know of your interest in them.
The deeper the shade of purple, the deeper the passion that is involved. Darker shades of purple roses can denote fascination, adoration, majesty, royalty, and deep spirituality.
Along these lines, the spiritual and mystical overtones have made them the perfect flower for weddings. They represent a deep spiritual bond of love with the added touch of magic. They also serve to complement other flowers in the bouquet and arrangements, for example white, which brings the balancing element of purity to the event.
Spirituality / Meditation
Having purple roses around can help to enhance the spiritual vibration in your environment. If they also have fragrance, it can double the impact. During meditation sessions the added vibration of scent can result in even deeper levels of consciousness. Purple roses are also nice to have around when meditating on the higher chakras of the third eye and the crown chakra whose colors emanate in a range of violets.
Regarding fragrance, there are a variety of purple roses that produce varying levels of scent from light to very sweet. Unfortunately these days in the quest for the most beautiful blooms, many roses (not just purple ones) have had their fragrance traded for a more exotic bloom. They are no less beautiful, but personally I’m a fragrance freak and I want both. Roses should have a scent in my book. Am I right?
If you haven't smelled a lavender colored rose you've got to check it out the next time you see one. They're usually not available until sometime in spring with possible blooms in early summer so you may have to wait. Still, it's something to look forward to and it's something you'll never forget.
If you're shopping at garden centers or nurseries for the fragrant purple roses, be sure to confirm by smelling them if they have blooms before you buy them. If no blooms are open yet, read the description for the word fragrance on the label. If ordering them online or from your favorite garden center, again check that the listing has the word fragrance somewhere in the description.
When Shopping for Fragrant Roses of any color,
look for the old garden varieties known as “Heirloom Roses”.
Heirloom Roses as a general rule still have their original fragrance.
When and Where to Buy Purple Roses
Rose plants generally become available for purchase at most greenhouses and garden centers in the spring. In late summer, and early fall you can sometimes find excellent bargains online and at local nurseries.
Well, that's all I have on Purple Roses right now. I'm currently working on more articles about the symbolic meanings of other purple flowers and hope to release them soon. Until then, remember that life is short so....
Always Take the Time to "Stop and Smell the Roses".