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Love in the air

The smell of love is in the air as Valentine's Day approaches.

Sweet scents of creamy chocolates and sugared heart-shaped candies are iconic aromas of the charmed holiday, however the simple power of the flower has continuously tantalized nostrils since the formation of the annual celebration.

Roses have traditionally symbolized the meaning of love and have been the most demanded flower for the holiday.

With more than 180 million roses being given to loved ones across the nation annually, according to the floral industry, the traditional gift is still sweeping feet and swooning hearts.

"Nothing says, 'I love you,' better than roses," said Judy Bostrom of Hallstrom's Florist and Greenhouse.

Although red roses remain the most popular color, the options for the perfect flower are endless.

"Roses now come in many, many new colors and variations," Bostrom said, "Giving your sweetheart a dozen red, yellow or mixed roses is a beautiful romantic tradition symbolizing your love."

With striped, spotted and fading petal options, the explosive color-wheel can be daunting. Bostrom helps sort through the shades of love with a quick color guide.

Red roses : Love

White roses: Purity

Pink roses: Grace

Yellow roses: Joy

Orange: Desire

Peach: Appreciation

Lavender: Eternal love

No matter how you decide to show your love, appreciation or simply friendship to your Valentine, a fresh bouquet of roses on a winter day can satisfy the senses and warm the soul.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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