These wars were fought off and on throughout the years of 1455 and 1485, with the final "battle" being won by Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond and the house of Lancashire (not the Henry Tudor you are thinking about) whose linage ruled England and Wales for over one-hundred years. Henry Tudor VII married Elizabeth of York uniting the two families as one. So really all the fighting was for nothing since in the end they all came together in a "Happily Ever After" sort of way.
Beyond the history with the Royals of England the red rose (and roses in general) have been around for thousands of years. Civilizations from China to Rome, England and many others have enjoyed and valued roses since they were first cultivated. They are a classic symbol of love and romance but have also been symbols in wars and politics. The Lisa Foster Floral Design Team loves red roses, well to be honest, we love roses of all colors. It's hard to just love one!
Roses in gardens are fairly easy to maintain and roses are repeat bloomers with long blooming seasons. They smell good and come in a variety of colors. You can learn a lot from the University of Illinois "Our Rose Garden" website. There they tell you how to grow and maintain your roses.
Now you are a little more educated on the history of the red rose and maybe will get to use this information during a trivia game! Or maybe your sweetheart will be impressed with your random flower knowledge. There are probably endless amounts of history regarding the symbolism of the rose but we wanted to just touch on one.
As we prepare for Valentine's Day we want to remind everyone that there is a 10% discount for all Valentine's orders placed before February 11th.
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