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Legend has it that Cupid gave a red rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence

  • Sunday, February 16, 2014

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought I would include a little piece of an article that Rosalinda Morgan wrote for “The Charleston Rose” – which is a publication of the Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society.

“This month when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is interesting to note that the rose is not only a symbol of love, but a symbol of discretion. Legend has it that Cupid gave a red rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to bribe him to secrecy over the dalliance of Venus and so, the red rose became the symbol of discretion, love, passion and romance. Roses were thenceforth painted on the ceilings of banquet halls to remind all gathered there that whatever was said there should not be repeated, which became the expression ‘sub rosa’ (under the rose). Another legend says that while Aphrodite was running to the dying Adonis, she was scratched by a rose bush and her blood falling on the roses turned them red. Other account says that Adonis turned his blood into red roses.”

I guess the roses painted on the ceilings of banquet halls were the early roots (pun intended) of the saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”

Another mention from “The Charleston Rose” is that Dr. Malcolm Manners will be at Cypress Gardens Feb. 22 to give a lecture in the morning at Fruitmania Garden School an a program in the afternoon on Old Garden Roses at 2 p.m. Tickets for just Dr. Manners’ rose program will be $10, which includes admission to the Gardens. Call 843-553-0512 or email levans@berkeleycountysc.gov to reserve a seat or buy tickets online.

Get outside and spread some Flower Bed Amendment (composted cotton burrs, cattle manure, feather meal, cottonseed meal and alfalfa meal) and SeaHume (humate and seaweed) around your plants and trees. The pruning techniques for roses are the basic techniques that can be used on most other plants, fruit trees and trees. Bob and Sandy Lundberg gave a great seminar and a hands-on demonstration of how to prune roses during the February meeting.

Call in your questions to “ The Garden Clinic”, Saturdays from noon to 1:00, on 1250 WTMA.

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