As the monsoon has receded a white rose bush has suddenly come to bloom at home. My experience with plants and bushes are that they are sensitive beings and choose the time and place to thrive and bloom. Some are more sensitive than others and the rose is one such. To me all roses are symbolic of love, different colors for different kinds of love. Thus whereas the deep red rose signifies romantic love the white one is for spiritual love, the yellow for friendship and the pure pink for grace and regards. Thus if one were to gift a bunch of roses to a friend, the yellow roses would be most appropriate, whereas if one were to gift a bunch to the queen the pink would be the best. There is a peach pink too, pink with a tint of yellow and this is best for the king or your boss on his birthday. Definitely avoid gifting him a red lest he misunderstand :) There are also other colors signifying different less common types of love. Thus there is a deep violet, blackish rose and that to me signifies an obsessive romantic love best avoided. There is also the light colored bright red rose for a love that is budding, not yet matured or for some flirting or sexual interest in a friend.
When gifting someone a rose make sure that it is a tea rose (a single rose on a stem) and that there are a few leaves at least on the stem that should be a minimum of nine inches in length. Floribunda (multiple roses on a stem) are for your own use, flower vases or children. A bunch of roses is gifted along with some fern like foliage or some other flowers but single roses on a long stem may be gifted alone.
The Iceberg Rose photo on top is adapted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rosa_Iceberg_1.jpg
|Yamabuki (Japanese) Yellow Rose by Keiko Amano|