21st Jul 2023
As a renowned events florist, we have had the honour of being one of the sponsors of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s widely celebrated musical Aspects of Love, which is currently playing at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End. As one of the main sponsors, we have created the main flower arch in the theatre’s foyer, made out of silk roses.
Aspects of Love is based on the novella by David Garnett, also called Aspects of Love. As the name suggests, the story explores the many aspects of love and the forms that love takes. It traces Rose Vibert, an actress; Alex Dillingham, Rose’s fan; Jenny, Alex’s younger cousin; George, Alex’s uncle; and Giulietta Trapani, George’s mistress over 17 years, exploring their intertwining romances.
Love takes many forms in this story, including love between husband and wife; love between heterosexual couples; and homosexual love, demonstrating that there is no single version of love.
What represents romance better than roses?
Flowers have traditionally been a symbol of romantic affection and remain so to this day. In the Victorian era couples would share flowers as a way of expressing their deep love for one another, encoding messages within their bouquets. However, the most popular flower for demonstrating deep love and affection has always been the red rose. But why?
Red Roses in Greek Mythology
Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, was said to have created the first ever red rose. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite’s birth triggered the appearance of the first ever rose, which was white. Years later, Aphrodite fell in love with the mortal Adonis. She discovered a life-threatening plot against him and pricked her foot, using the blood to warn him of his imminent danger. This blood landed on the white rose, staining it red.
For this reason, red roses have become the universal symbol of romantic love. People all over the world, no matter their gender, age, or faith recognise the red rose as a representation of love.
The link between the heart and the red rose as symbols of love
Like red roses, heart symbols have also represented love for centuries. So, what’s the connection?
When humans feel passion, their blood pressure and heart rate increase. Consequently, the heart pumps blood faster around the body, causing humans to blush and turn red. So, it is our heart that makes us blush and go rosy red! Therefore, the red rose and the heart go hand in hand, making a heart-shaped arch of red roses the perfect symbol of universal love.
Spread the love this summer
Feeling the love? Head down to the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End and enjoy love in all its forms. Also make sure to check out our extensive collection of roses by clicking on our website or heading down to one of our enchanting stores.