The wars of the Roses - The English Rose
The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1487 Between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by the two sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose for the Yorkists.
|The Red Rose of the house of Lancaster|
|The White Rose of the House of York|
We still see similar wild roses growing in the fields nearby.
Did you know that the emblem of the North Carolina Future Homemakers Association was the English Rose?
In this publication, they listed the ladies who had earned State Homemakers' Degrees. This was a course run by the State Department of Public Instruction. I wonder if there is anywhere in America where you could earn such a degree today?
The 1956 Issue contains their explanation of the significance of the rose, although in this article it refers to the red rose, rather than English rose. I print some of this below, unfortunately the text has to be small for this page, and is too long to print in its entirety, but you can read more here
As you know the red rose is the flower of the Future Homemakers of America. Our Official Guide explains it this way. "The rose has been the favorite flower from remotest antiquity. It is found in almost every country on the northern hemisphere and is capable of cultivation in every state and territory of the nation." A red rose is symbolic of vibrant, glowing health which con- tributes to happiness and efficiency in home and group life. In the rose each separate petal is necessary for the formation and beauty of the full grown flower. So are an attractive per- sonality, strong character and physical beauty necessary to a well-rounded individual. As a rose must have sunlight and water, provided by God, for growth and beautiful color, so must a girl have the good example, guidance and encouragement which only can come from good parents in a good home to grow to full maturity. We are going to show you a comparison between the growth of a rose and the growth of a girl. Starting with the root of the rose we shall trace its growth up to the full bloomed rose. ROOTS— The roots of a rose are symbolic of the home and family from which we come. Our families have given us the beginning of life and laid the foundation on which we will build our lives. They have cultivated the soil and provided the things necessary for growth. The influences that come from our homes are deeply instilled in our roots and most of them will never be changed. The branches of this root represent these influences. Our families have given us the foundation for health, both mental and physical. We have been guided through the de- pendent, immature years toward achieving independence and maturity. From our families we have learned that respect for the individual is the basis of a growing affection which if properly fostered, leads to the desire to have us reach our best development. Other roots that are firmly established by a good family are a sense of security and personal worth. It is important that we feel that we belong and as we grow into adults we will still have that sense of security that comes from the serenity and stability of good family life. Roots of certain character traits have been cultivated. Loy- alty, honesty, truthfulness and patience are some roots that should be firmly established by the family. The spiritual de- velopment — reverence for God should begin in the home. There is no better place to establish religious ideals. Jesus set the example for the well-rounded personality by increasing in wis- dom, stature and in favor with God and man. The family could have no better example for guiding the growth of the young in the home. Thus, the roots of our life are cultivated by our family life from which we should learn to meet life with high hopes and courage to face new situations with the expectation of great achievements. STEM— Just as the stem of the rose comes from the roots and is sustained throughout its growth to maturity so the child comes from the home and is nourished and guided there toward a mature life. It is in the home that we pass from a stature of complete dependence to independence. This period is rich in educational possibilities and emotional satisfactions. The stem of the rose as well as the roots need rich soil, water, warmth, and sunshine for growth into a healthy plant that support the leaves and blossoms. The child also needs the factors that will help him grow into a well-rounded person so that he may face life courageously. First, he needs the factors which are necessary for physical growth and the building of a healthy body. Second there needs to be the opportunities to grow in wisdom and develop the abilities. Third, guidance in relationships with the family and friends is essential for social and emotional growth. Fourth, no personality is complete without the sunshine of God's love. During this period of growth one should seek and maintain a reverent attitude toward God and a mind that seeks for "the true, the beautiful and the good."
Here are some ideas for bringing theHomemakers' emblem into our homes.
|Yellow Rose wallpaper|
Maybe you'd prefer something bolder in style...
A garland of paper roses is an instant room beautifier
Why not choose a china pattern you like, and ask for a small piece at Christmas or birthdays? That's exactly what I hope to do this year. The difficulty is choosing which pattern you like best
Or perhaps you could stick some paper roses onto a picture frame, lampshade or base or vase. Fabric roses can be sewn to curtains, curtain tiebacks, pillowslips, aprons....
|These would make a feminine bedroom set|
Let your imagination run wild
I would like to hear some of your ideas, especially inexpensive ones, for rose decor in the home