June is my birthday month. I love it that the rose and pearl are the flower and birthstone for June. My two favorites!
Garden roses are the absolute best, but alas, I have none. So many bloggers have lovely gardens full of lush rose bushes; my knockout roses are the closest I get. I can't wait for them to bloom. We just spent a long weekend in North Carolina, and the knockout roses are in full bloom there, so it should be just a little while longer before they bloom here in Michigan. You can be sure I will have vases and bowls of them in my house throughout the summer.
When we got home, I found a package waiting for me. Organic Bulgarian rose water and lip balm. This is from Alteya Organics ("Beauty and Youth from the Rose Valley"), "bottled in the heart of the Valley of Roses in Bulgaria . . . steam distilled from fresh organic rose petals, from the fragrant Rosa Damascena flowers, handpicked in our rose plantations." Sigh. Doesn't that sound romantic? I'd love to live in a Valley of Roses, wouldn't you?
|(BTW, no one sent me anything to review this; how do other bloggers get in on these deals?!)|
I have used the toner and spritzer before, and they are lovely. Sometimes I've put the spray mist in the refrigerator in the summer months for a cool, refreshing spritz. You can even use the rose water for cooking, although I haven't tried that. The lip balm is lovely, too.
|the tablecloth was crocheted by my grandmother|
Here is my birthday month teacup from Royal Albert.
And from the archives, more pearls and roses . . .
Pearls have always been a symbol of refinement, elegance, and taste. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the hardened tears of joy that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, shook from her eyes as she was born from the sea. Arab legend held that pearls were formed when oysters were lured from the ocean by the moon and then swallowed moonlit dewdrops. Pearls have long been associated with the moon, and many people once held that they thus contained magical powers.
Pearls have been ground up and used in cosmetics; some cultures believe pearls, crushed and taken internally with honey or wine, are an aphrodisiac and can cure many ailments. Cleopatra is said to have crushed a pearl, dissolved it in a glass of wine vinegar, and drank it just to impress Marc Anthony with her wealth.
If you were born in June and don't favor pearls (what?!), you can have your choice of two alternative birthstones, the moonstone or the alexandrite.
The rose is also rich in history and meaning. It is at once both a symbol of purity and passion, virginity and fertility, death and life. In ancient Rome, roses were grown in funerary gardens to symbolize resurrection. Rose thorns represent suffering and sacrifice.
Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is associated with the rose as well as with the pearl. She is often depicted with roses around her head, feet, and neck. A rose bush was supposed to have grown within the pool of blood from her slain lover, Adonis. In Christian symbolism, a rose bush was said to have grown at the site of Christ's death, the blood associated with a red rose, the thorns symbolizing the ultimate sacrifice.
Thus, the rose has come to symbolize an immortal love, a union that will never fade, even through time or death.
The rose has also been used as a symbol of secrecy. The term "sub rosa" (under the rose) calls for silence and discretion. Anything spoken under a rose hung from the ceiling at a meeting was to be kept secret. I didn't know that when I hung roses from my chandelier this past Valentine's Day!
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