A Picture of Pink Roses

114 rose pictures painted by Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Attended by roses,

By kisses, by cherubim,

By whatever these pink things mean…

 

Silva Plath, Fever 103 deg

 

It wasn’t until 1733 that the word ‘pink’ was first recorded as a colour description in the English language. Prior to this, the word for pink was ‘rose’. In early 19th century France, when Redouté was painting many a picture of a pink rose for his up-coming book Les Roses, the word for both the colour and the plant  was (and still is) ‘rose’.  This isn’t surprising when most of the favoured garden roses of times past have borne pink blooms.  Despite the diversity of rose colours now available, pink roses are still the most widely grown among home gardeners.

 

The Meaning of Pink Roses

 

In the ‘language of flowers’, first popularised in France and later Victorian England, the pink rose stands for perfect happiness, grace and sweetness. While bright red spoke of love and passion, and white of innocence and chastity, pink was the happy half-way mark – a rose of gentle emotions. Not that this was always a good thing though: A giver of pink roses could be accused of indecision through not making his or her intentions clear enough!

 

Click on each pink rose picture (at left and below) to find out more about the rose.


Wreath of Wild Roses
Wreath of Wild Roses
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Red-Leaved Rose
Red-Leaved Rose
Cabbage Rose ‘Bullata’
Cabbage Rose ‘Bullata’
Single Moss Rose
Single Moss Rose
Old Moss Cabbage Rose
Old Moss Cabbage Rose
Virginia Rose
Virginia Rose
Kamtschatka Rose
Kamtschatka Rose

'Old Blush' Rose
Montezuma Rose
Montezuma Rose
Pendant-Fruited Alpine Rose
Pendant-Fruited Alpine Rose
Hudson Bay Rose
Hudson Bay Rose

'Hume’s Blush Tea-Scented China' Rose

'Rose de Meaux' Rose
The Apple Rose
The Apple Rose
Apothecary’s Rose
Apothecary’s Rose
Single-Flowered Cabbage Rose
Single-Flowered Cabbage Rose
Vilmorin Rose
Vilmorin Rose
Corymbosa Carolina Rose
Corymbosa Carolina Rose
Three-Flowered Sweetbriar
Three-Flowered Sweetbriar
Willow-Leaved Marsh Rose
Willow-Leaved Marsh Rose

'Maiden’s Blush' Rose
May Rose
May Rose

'Autumn Damask' Rose
Carnation Rose
Carnation Rose

'Rouletii' Rose
Double Red Burnet Rose
Double Red Burnet Rose
Cretan Rose
Cretan Rose
Frankfort Rose, Empress Joséphine Rose
Frankfort Rose, Empress Joséphine Rose
Foul-Fruited Rose
Foul-Fruited Rose
Single May Rose
Single May Rose
Rosa Mundi
Rosa Mundi
York and Lancaster
York and Lancaster
Zabeth
Zabeth
Rose d’Amour
Rose d’Amour
Celery-Leaved Rose
Celery-Leaved Rose
Great Royal
Great Royal
Wild Rose of the Woods
Wild Rose of the Woods
Dwarf Single China Rose
Dwarf Single China Rose
Peach-Leaved Rose
Peach-Leaved Rose
Malmédy Rose
Malmédy Rose
Bengale Centfeuilles
Bengale Centfeuilles

'Celeste' Rose
Celsiana
Celsiana
Variegated Alpine Rose
Variegated Alpine Rose
Single Pompon Rose
Single Pompon Rose
Foliacée
Foliacée
Pink Hedge Rose
Pink Hedge Rose
Rose of Love
Rose of Love
Crenate-Leaved Cabbage Rose
Crenate-Leaved Cabbage Rose
Flesh-Pink Multiflora
Flesh-Pink Multiflora
Seven Sisters Rose
Seven Sisters Rose
The Turpentine-Scented Downy Rose
The Turpentine-Scented Downy Rose
Double-Flowered Carolina Rose
Double-Flowered Carolina Rose
Semi-Double Sweetbriar
Semi-Double Sweetbriar
Blush Noisette
Blush Noisette
Thicket Rose
Thicket Rose
Double Downy Rose
Double Downy Rose
Double Soft-Leaved Rose
Double Soft-Leaved Rose
Bluish-Leaved Provins Rose
Bluish-Leaved Provins Rose
Rose without a Thorn
Rose without a Thorn
Prickly Sweetbriar
Prickly Sweetbriar
Cumberland Rose
Cumberland Rose
Pomegranate-Fruited Provins Rose
Pomegranate-Fruited Provins Rose
Semi-Double Hedge Rose
Semi-Double Hedge Rose
Climbing Hudson’s Rose
Climbing Hudson’s Rose
Common Alpine Rose
Common Alpine Rose
Hundred-Petalled Anemone Rose
Hundred-Petalled Anemone Rose
Clustered Marsh Rose
Clustered Marsh Rose
Spiny-Leaved Rose of Dematra
Spiny-Leaved Rose of Dematra
Proliferous Cels’s Rose
Proliferous Cels’s Rose
Decumbent Alpine Rose
Decumbent Alpine Rose
Boursault Rose
Boursault Rose
Anemone-Flowered Sweetbriar
Anemone-Flowered Sweetbriar

'Duchesse d’Orléans' Rose
Bordeaux Rose
Bordeaux Rose

'Quatre-Saisons d'Italie' Rose

'Enfant de France' Rose

'Agathe Royale' Rose

'Agatha Prolifère' Rose

'Provins Marbré' Rose

'Louis XVIII' Rose
Stapelia-Flowered Provins Rose
Stapelia-Flowered Provins Rose
Single Provins Rose
Single Provins Rose
Dwarf Four Seasons Rose
Dwarf Four Seasons Rose
Animating China Rose
Animating China Rose

'Prolifera de Redouté' Rose
Lady Monson’s Rose
Lady Monson’s Rose
Fuzzy Prairie Rose
Fuzzy Prairie Rose
Cherry Briar Rose
Cherry Briar Rose
Large-Flowered Dog Rose
Large-Flowered Dog Rose

'Agatha Incarnata' Rose
Single-Droop Bud Rose
Single-Droop Bud Rose
Boursault Rose
Boursault Rose
Ventenat’s Rose
Ventenat’s Rose
Variegated Four Seasons Rose
Variegated Four Seasons Rose
Bengale d
Bengale d'Automne
Evrath’s Rose
Evrath’s Rose

'De La Flèche' Rose

'Mossy de Meaux' Rose
Single Tea-Scented Rose
Single Tea-Scented Rose
Bourbon Rose
Bourbon Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose ‘Bullata’
Cabbage Rose ‘Bullata’

'Duchesse d’Orléans' Rose

'Hume’s Blush Tea-Scented China' Rose
Old Moss Cabbage Rose
Old Moss Cabbage Rose
Bouquet of Tea Roses
Bouquet of Tea Roses
Cabbage Rose
Cabbage Rose
De Candolle’s Rose (pink flowers)
De Candolle’s Rose (pink flowers)

'Foliacée' Rose

'Rose de Meaux' Rose
Rosa Mundi
Rosa Mundi
Tulips and Roses
Tulips and Roses
Crown of Wild Roses
Crown of Wild Roses







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