Stop and Smell the Roses!

Today is a fun holiday because it’s Red Rose Day!

Considered a beautiful, romantic flower, read below for some interesting facts.


The War of the Roses, in the fifteenth century, was a battle in England over the throne.  The white rose was the symbol for York, and the red rose was the symbol for Lancaster. (The house of Lancaster won that war.)

Nowadays, red roses are very popular flowers for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,

In French and Portugese, French, and Spanish, rose is the word for red.

Interesting sidenote: The phrase sub rosa, means secrecy. This phrase came from a practice in ancient Rome of leaving a rose outside a door during a private meeting. The rose indicated that those people in the room shouldn’t want to be disturbed.

roses-1417263_640So, treat yourself or a special loved one today with a single red rose, or a beautiful bouquet.

Do you love red roses, or have another favorite flower?

Please share your comments below, along with your email address, and one lucky winner will receive a free ebook copy of one of my sweet romance novellas. The winner can select their choice of either I Love You More,  or A Snowy White Christmas Winner will be announced the week of June 19th.

And coming soon!

Seeking Patience, second edition, a Regency, Sweet, Inspirational full-length novel featuring a Romany (Gypsy) hero and a widowed countess.


Author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband of 40 years. They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

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21 Responses to Stop and Smell the Roses!

  1. patricia rose says:

    i love roses, puple, but also red


  2. Millie Swank says:

    Sunflowers! They are such a happy flower! I love sunflowers. I think it comes from a older neighbor who lived on the corner, her whole front yard was filled with sunflowers! And I do mean her whole front yard. It looked like someone just threw the seed and wherever the landed is where they grew. I would go down and stand outside her fence and just look at those big, beautiful, Happy flowers. I always said hello. My Mom would have had my head. She never spoke, never smiled, nothing! But, since that very first day, when I saw those big, beautiful flowerd, I have loved them.

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  3. Michele Hayes says:

    I love roses, lilacs, lily of the valley, peonies, all flowers, especially if they have a scent.

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  4. Michele Hayes says:

    I love roses, lilacs, peonies, lily of the valley, really all flowers that have a scent.
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

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  5. Gail Demaree says:

    I love roses especially the light purple ones. They have such an amazing scent!

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  6. Diana says:

    I love all flowers and I grow a lot in the garden. I used to grow roses. Loved them. I still do, though now my roses have to come from the florist.

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  7. I do love roses, but lilacs are my favorite.

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  8. Pamela Devereux says:

    I love roses but the color is peach!! I received them for my birthday one year and they were so beautiful. Since then my husband gets them for me every year. My e-mail address is

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  9. Michele Hayes says:

    I love all flowers, especially those with scents (roses, lilacs, peonies, lily of the valley)
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

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  10. Josie says:

    Peach roses are beautiful, Pamela, and a bit different than the normal red roses. Thanks for leaving your email, BTW!


  11. marymarvella says:

    Interesting information. Thanks! I love roses and irises.

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  12. Josie says:

    I’m a rose fan, MM!


  13. Josie says:

    Congrats, Michele Hayes, and thanks for your comments! You’ve won a free copy of one of my sweet romance novellas. I’ll email you the details.


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