Thursday, June 30, 2011

A Rose from Oklahoma

buon giorno

(Italian for Good Morning!)

Today I will be finishing up
The Language of Flowers:
Flower of the Month -
the Rose.

The State Flower of Oklahoma is the teacup rose.

Rosa odorata (Andr.) Sweet
It was adopted in April, 2004.
It was developed as a hybrid tea rose in 1964
by Herbert C Swim and O.L. Weeks,
at the Oklahoma State University.
Dottie Weissenberger says she's been working to have the rose
named the state flower since she helped plant 500 of them
at the state Capitol more than 40 years ago!
The Oklahoma hybrid tea rose is a deep crimson representing
the blood shed when the Five Civilized Tribes were moved to Oklahoma (referred to as OK from now on).

Many of the web sites that are not being currently updated
list the Indian Blanket as the state flower.
The Indian Blanket - Gaillardia pulchella
is now officially listed as Oklahoma's Official Wild Flower.
Indian blanket, Gaillardia pulchella

Another mix up is the difference between
a State Flower
a State Wild Flower
and a State Floral Emblem!

The Oklahoma official State Floral Emblem is mistletoe:


The state quarter issued for Oklahoma shows
the incorrect State Flower as Indian Blanket!

It was issued in 2008, four years after the hybrid tea rose had been voted in as the state flower!

Somebody made a big 'oops' there!

I love the paper cuts found at
But again, they list the OK state flower as mistletoe.
As long as you know you are showing the
state floral emblem - the mistletoe, this is a beautiful cutting.

hybrid tea rose

Oklahoma is derived from the Choctaw words:
"okla" - red
"homma" - people
The state was formed in November, 1907 by
a combination of Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory
of the Five Civilized Tribes:

hybrid tea rose

Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty.
The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses
including Isis, Venus and Aphrodite,
and is often used as a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
a lovely beaded red tea rose from

A map showing where the state of OK is in the USA.
From Liana's blog here is a beautiful June birthday dress:
Here is Grace, one of the dolls that fits it.

Next is a lovely green princess gown, with pink roses:
and Sylvia, one of the paper dolls that will fit it.

Oklahoma tea rose

Hybrid tea roses are the favorite rose for much of the history of modern roses.
Hybrid teas were initially created by hybridizing
Hybrid perpetuals with tea roses, in the late 1800's.

'La France' was created in 1867 and is universally acknowledged as the first indication of a new class of roses.
from Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Broadway show

Browsing around the web, I found this great blog about making broken china into stepping stones.
I hope you enjoy it too:
If you are copying and pasting the address,
be sure to get both lines!

and yes....I have wanted to do a broken china stepping stone
for some time!
Guess I better go buy some more paper towels...

for sale by

Some famous people born in OK:

Chester Gould, creator of the comic strip 'Dick Tracy'
Maria Tallchief, joined with the newly formed
     New York City Center Ballet
Will Rogers, humorist, stage/film/radio actor, author columnist, 
     and Presidential Candidate on the Anti-Bunk Ticket, 1928
Mickey Mantle, voted American League Most Valuable Player 3
     times (1956, 1957, 1962); elected baseball's Hall of Fame, 1974
Jim Thorpe, This guy as a very long bio, so here are just a few
     highlights: voted 1950 Greatest Athlete of the Century by
     Associated Press;won 2 gold medals in Olympics 1912, but were
     taken away by a technicality - in 1984 the International Olympic
     Committee returned the gold medals to Thorpe's family; 1st
     President 1920 of American Professional Association; helped
     found National Football League 1922;
and after retiring, he became a Western movie actor, and spoke on behalf of Native American education!

State flag

More fun rose trivia:

Portland, Oregon counts "City of Roses" among its nicknames.
     It holds an annual Rose Festival.

The rose is the national flower of England and the United States,
as well as being the symbol of:
     English Rugby,
     the Rugby Football Union;
     provincial flower of Yorkshire - the white rose
     and Lancashire - the red rose (both in England);
     and the provincial flower of Alberta (Canada)

Roses are so important that the word means pink or red in a variety of languages (such as Romance languages, Greek and Polish)

Well, frankly I'm about 'rosed' out!

Lefton green heritage hand painted porcelain tea cup,

pink roses chintz mosaic tiles from
They have a very good selection of pre-cut mosaic tiles.

A coloring page done in the stained glass style -

courtesy Dover Publications

Let's finish up with a great vintage song sheet cover:



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