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By Any Other Name
The Switchables Rose nightlight cover doesn't smell sweet, but it will case a beautiful rosy light.
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
Ornamental roses have been cultivated since at least 500 BC. They are generally bred purely for their looks, and in fact many garden varieties have such tight petal arrangements that the flowers can't be pollinated. They're also big business in the cut flower industry. Rose oil extracted from crushed petals is used in perfumes; it takes 2,000 flowers to produce just one gram of oil. Rose water, a closely related extract, is used in cooking, medicine, makeup, and religious rituals. And rose hips, which are the "fruits" of fertilized roses, are a great source of Vitamin C. People make rose hips into jams, jellies, syrups, and teas.
Apart from their practical and aesthetic uses, roses have long had a place in the human imagination. Ancient Greeks and Romans associated the rose with Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love. Romans holding secret discussions would put a wild rose on the door of their room. To this day, "sub rosa" (under the rose) means keeping a secret. Medieval Christians adapted the rose to their religion so that the five petals stood for the five wounds of Christ, and red roses came to symbolize the blood of martyrs. But the English really took the rose to heart. Henry VII combined a red rose representing the House of Lancaster with a white rose signifying the House of York to symbolize unity after the civil wars of the 15th century...which we now call the Wars of the Roses. Victorian Englishmen took rose cultivation so seriously that the Abney Park Cemetery had more than 1,000 different varieties in 1840. Finally, after World War 2 a red rose held in a hand became a pan-European symbol of socialism.