I simply love roses. They share the number one place in my floral favourites with orchids. A fresh vase of roses always brightens up the whole room and soul, and even when they're withered away they still manage to bring beauty to the eyes of their beholder (at least I love dead roses and dry every bouquet I receive!). And I fully sign the following quotation:
" I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."
- Emma Goldman
PS: I actually have a similar bell jar with a wilted rose in my home. :) My rose doesn't really emit that magical glow, but it's still a wonderful reminder of one of the best love stories.