Having an Equatorial climate enables Malaysia to enjoy the ideal weather for the cultivation of various plants and trees. One of the plants that flourish in Malaysia is the rose tree.
Roses come in a variety of sizes and colours. Generally, roses need extra care in its cultivation. From its soil, fertiliser and insect repellent, all these information are vital in order to produce a beautiful and healthy blossom.
Rosa hybrida is featured in the first 3 stamps above. Among popular breeds of Rosa hybrida is the Hybrid Tea, which are either budded or grafted, i.e. not growing off their own rootstock.
Floribunda is featured in the 4th stamp above. This species is produced by crossing Polyantha roses with Hybrid Teas. Floribunda is suitable to be grown either on flowerbeds or in pots. The Floribunda featured in this stamp issue is a rare species. Stripes, which appear on its petals, make it more unique.
Date of Issue : 22 Feb 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 2 x 30 sen and 2 x 50 sen
Stamp Size : 35mm x 35mm
Paper : Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Fragrant Ink
A LIL' NOTE
Roses are frequently sought after as a symbol of remembrance during special occasions. Roses have inspired people over the ages to develop a language of roses by ascribing meanings to colours, variety and number of roses gifted.
o Red roses - Convey deep emotions; an expression of love
o White roses - Convey sympathy and humility
o Yellow roses - Symbol of friendship and caring; an expression of exuberance
o Pink roses - Convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude
o Orange roses - Convey a sense of fascination
o Lavender roses - Expresses "love at first sight"