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Flowers in everyday life

In modern times, people have sought ways to cultivate, buy, wear, or just be around flowers and blooming plants, partly because of their agreeable smell. Around the world, florists sell flowers for a wide range of events and functions that, cumulatively, encompass one’s lifetime:

Flowers as symbols

Daisies are a symbol of innocence.

Gentle and lovely, flowers share their beauty with us and bring us a touch of eternal things. Each variety of flower has its own special quality and meaning. By establishing an inner contact with the flower delivery, this meaning can be known. Many flowers have important symbolic meanings in Western culture. The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography. Some of the more common examples include:

Red roses are given as a symbol of love, beauty, and passion.

Poppies are a symbol of consolation in time of death. In the UK, Australia and Canada, red poppies are worn to commemorate soldiers who have died in times of war.

Irises/Lily are used in burials as a symbol referring to “resurrection/life”. It is also associated with stars (sun) and its petals blooming/shining.

Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them. It is a subtle and fragrant language. The carrying of flowers by the bride goes back to ancient times when it was believed that strong smelling herbs and spices would ward off and drive away evil spirits, bad luck and ill health. During Roman times the bride and groom wore floral garlands signifying new life and hope for fertility.

During Victorian times, flowers took on an additional significance as lovers would send messages to each other using different flowers, each with its own symbolic meaning. These associations were soon adopted for the bridal bouquet and are still used today by many brides.

The most popular flowers with their traditional meanings are:

Almond blossom – Hope

Apple blossom – Good fortune and better things to come

Barberry – Bad temper

Burdock – Touch me not

Camellia – Gratitude

Carnation – Fascination and love

Chrysanthemum – red – I love you

Chrysanthemum – white – Truth

Cyclamen – Modesty and shyness

Daffodil – Regard

Daisy – Innocence

Fern – Fascination and sincerity

Flowering Almond – Hope

Forget-me-not – Remembrance and true love

Gardenia – Joy

Heather – Good luck

Hellebore – Scandal

Heliotrope – Devotion and faithfulness

Honeysuckle – Generosity

Hyacinth – Loveliness

Hydrangea – Boastfulness

Ivy – Eternal fidelity

Iris – Flame/burning love and warmth of affection

Japonica – Loveliness

Jasmine – Amiability

King’s Cup – I wish I were rich

Larkspur – Fickleness

Lemon blossom – Fidelity in love

Lilac (white) – Youthful innocence

Lily – Majesty

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness

Magnolia – Perseverance

Maidenhair – Discretion

Marigold – Grief

Meadow Saffron – My best days are past

Mimosa – Sensitivity

Myrtle – Love

Narcissus – Egotism

Orange blossom – Purity and virginity

Orchid – Beauty

Peach blossom – Captive

Pink – Boldness

Rose (red) – Love, happiness

Rose (yellow) – Friendship

Rose (coral) – Desire

Rose (peach) – Modesty

Rose (dark pink) – Thankfulness

Rose (pale pink) – Grace

Rose (orange) – Fascination

Rose (white) – Innocence

Rosemary – Remembrance

Snowdrop – Hope

Sweet Pea – Pleasure

Tulip – red – I love you

Tulip – white – I am worthy of you

Tulip – Love

Veronica – Fidelity

Violet – Faithfulness

Roses – Single Color Meanings

Red roses of any hue say “I love you” (Love)

Deep red roses imply unconscious beauty.

White roses signify spiritual love and purity.

Bridal white means happy love.

Yellow roses today signify joy and gladness; historically, they meant a decrease of love and infidelity (Friendship)

Coral roses imply desire

Orange say “I am fascinated and enthusiastic.”

Lavender roses mean love at first sight

Light pink roses imply grace, gentility and admiration

Dark pink roses say”thank you.”

Pale-colored roses signify friendship.

The Language of Flowers

Flowers may be combined and arranged so as to express even the nicest shades of sentiment. If a flower is offered “reversed”, its direct signification is likewise reversed, so that the flower now means the opposite. A rosebud divested of its thorns, but retaining its leaves, conveys the sentiment, “I fear no longer; I hope.” Stripped of leaves and thorns, it signifies, “There is nothing to hope or fear.” A full-blown rose places over two buds, signifies “Secrecy.” “Yes”, is implied by touching the flower given to the lips; “No,” by pinching off a petal and casting it away. “I am”, is expressed by a laurel leaf twined around the bouquet; “I have”, “by an ivy leaf folded together; “I offer you”.

Carnations Color Messages

For the most part, carnations express love, fascination, and distinction. Light red carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and affection. White carnations indicate pure love and good luck; striped symbolize a regret that a love cannot be shared. Purple carnations indicate capriciousness.

Pink carnations have the most symbolic and historical significance. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight, and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell. Thus the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love, and in 1907 was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother’s Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.

All roses symbolize love, but certain colors of roses can take on special meanings. Opinions vary on the many meanings of roses, but here are some of the more common:

Red: Love, Respect, Courage.

Yellow: Joy, Gladness, Freedom.

Pink/Peach: Gratitude, Appreciation, Admiration or Sympathy.

White: Reverence, Purity, Secrecy.

Two Roses Joined Together: Engagement.

Red and White Roses Together: Unity.

More flower meanings there.

Red rose Love

Yellow rose Friendship

White rose Fear

Pink rose Indecision

Blue rose Uniqueness

Arrangements Reversed flower Meaning is also reversed

Rosebud with leaves but no thorns “I fear no longer; I hope.”

Rosebud with neither leaves nor thorns “There is nothing to hope or fear.”

Full blown rose over two buds Secrecy

Laurel leaf twined around bouquet “I am”

Ivy leaf folded together “I have”

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