The rose is one of the most enduring symbols of love and appreciation. We gave Mom 56 roses, honoring her and my father, the late Dr. John Madison on July 26, 2007 two months before their 56th wedding anniversary (picture above right).
Each color has it's own significance.
Red: Ultimate symbol of passion
Pink: Conveying thoughtfulness, multiple occasions
Dark pink: Expression of gratitude or say thank you
Med pink: First love, congratulate someone or cheer up
Light pink: Gentleness and admiration
White: Traditionally thought new beginnings with marriage. The perfect way to say I am thinking of you.
Orange: The energy of this beauty equates with enthusiasm and gratitude displaying oomph and elegance.
Yellow: Depicts joy and friendship their warm and sunny disposition will brighten anyone's day
No matter the occasion, send the sentiment in your heart.
Consider the uses of roses for:
Homemade Rose oil
Rose petal potpourri
Homemade Rose water
Relaxing Rose petal bath
Homemade rose petal paper for cards and stationary
To make cut roses last longer:
- Strip any leaves that sit below the water line in the vase
- Trim stems cut @ 45 degree angle
- Clean vase
- Fill vase with lukewarm water mix in packet of preservative typically comes with roses. To make own: 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of bleach and 2 tsp of lemon juice
- Add roses
- Keep flowers cool. Away from direct heat, and direct sunlight which can cause roses to wilt.
- Change water after 4 days. Refill, trim stems and add more preservative
Mom chose oil painting as a hobby once she retired as a registered nurse for 40 years. Mom trained under Jim Todd for ten years. As an artist one tends to paint their passion, for mom she loved gardening. Over the years the fresh strawberries, fresh mint, her purple clematis up the trellis are vivid memories. Annually I recall her saying " Wait until Mother's Day before planting, even if we are seeing signs of good weather just in case another frost occurs, you will be ok." I also remember she would say "Never water at night, it's like going to bed with wet socks on you feet :)"
Knockout roses were Mom's favorite. To learn how to plant and care for rose bushes seek your neighborhood nursery. Greenscape Gardens And Gifts located at Dougherty Ferry And Barrett Station Rd in STL is a resource I welcome and suggest.
The paintings below are those from mom's view. The value, light, hues and composition truly expresses her love for roses.
Please visit marcyhartfinearts.com to view a gallery of those available for purchase as Gicle prints and note cards. The donate page takes you directly to the MBU site for a tax deductible contribution. Proceeds to support Marcy Madison scholarship endowment to students who have lost a loved one to Cancer attending MBU. Help me to help others succeed!