The Victorians were fond of flowers, especially the genus Rosa. In an age when every flower had a meaning, different hues of roses were used to communicate various sentiments. Yellow roses symbolized friendship and caring, and red roses were an unmistakable expression of love. Pale-pink roses, like the ones used here, expressed the gentle emotions of innocence and admiration, while deep-pink blooms conveyed deep gratitude and appreciation. For your own version of our Rosy Valentine Afternoon Tea, choose the flowers that communicate what you’d like to say.