Valentine’s is coming up, so what kind of flowers should you buy for your sweetheart? We reveal you the secret flower meanings and all you have to do is chose the right one.
There’s symbolism behind most things in life. If you give someone a ring, it means commitment. If you give them a heart, it symbolizes love. Feeling blue is different from being tickled pink. Likewise, flowers and their colors traditionally mean different things when given as a gift.
In Victorian times, when men and women couldn’t always express their feelings in public, flowers, notes and handkerchief signals often expressed much more. People were much more aware of the symbolism of flowers, while today anything but the meaning of the color and the idea of matching flowers with the season (like tulips in spring) has more or less faded away in American and British culture.
To look at the meaning of flowers, I chose—save the colors—to go with what the Society of American Florists has discovered from research into old meanings. Among other sources, they used the fictional book The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, who put together her own dictionary after researching flower dictionaries from back in the day.
I also had a look at The Flower Expert, where I found a hilarious explanation of the symbolism for a garden rose. Apparently it means, “I am from Mars.” I’m wondering if they read through what they wrote as it could be a spellcheck mistake? Then again, if you’re an alien it makes perfect sense that a garden rose from the gardens of Earth would mean you are from Mars, doesn’t it?
So, let’s have a look at secret flower meanings and what they symbolize.
Roses are often associated with love, but they symbolize different things depending on their color. Even today, people are aware roses of different colors have different meanings—so much so, in fact, that I personally thought the different colors applied to all flowers. However, looking into it further, these colors don’t necessarily mean the same thing when the flowers are different.
Personally, I consider tulips to be the number one spring flower, and associate them with Easter and rebirth: the dawn of life. As it turns out though, tulips also have their own symbolism woven into their coloring.
Want to tell someone you are faithful and steadfast? Then, you’ll want to combine violets with wisteria: violets signify faithfulness and wisteria are steadfast. Ivy also stands for fidelity, so you could add that too.
Zinnia represents thoughts of friends, while yarrow signifies good health. Combine the two and you have the perfect bouquet for someone recovering from illness or surgery. Peony is another flower associated with healing.
Are you praying for someone to have good luck? Maybe they have a job interview or an exam, are about to take their driver’s license or similar. In that case, you will want to combine the Star of Bethlehem with stephanotis and statice. The first represents hope, the second luck and the third success.
Do you adore a friend or lover? Give them a bouquet of sunflowers. Naturally, we also associate sunflowers with the sun, a sunny disposition and happiness due to their name.
Want to show someone how much pleasure they bring you? Get them some tuberose. If you want to combine it with passion, add some passion flowers to the bouquet.
If you are shy but would still like to declare your love, combine sweetpeas with something that signifies love, like red roses or tulips.
If someone is a beautiful spirit, give them some larkspur. To combine it with grace and elegance, add some jasmine too.
Is someone looking for the next big thing? Are they working hard on a project? Launching a business? Then iris will bring them inspiration and hydrangeas the perseverance they’re likely to need.
If someone is bold and has strength of character to boot, you’ll want to combine delphinium with gladiolas.
You can have a lot of fun with the symbolism of flowers. The only trouble is that people might not have a flower dictionary in front of them when they receive your flowers and various flowers have symbolized different things through the ages.
Therefore, you will want to include a little poem, or rhyme, about the different flowers, a flower dictionary or a link to a dictionary. Alternatively, you can send other clues throughout the space of a week, such as other symbols, notes and riddles.
If you want to be certain someone understands the meaning of your chosen flowers without the use of additional clues, stick to roses. Most people associate red roses with love, yellow ones with friendship and white ones with innocence, purity or peace.
Writer. Social Entrepreneur. Foster mommy (twins). Change maker. Foodie. Health freak. Nature lover. Creative nutcase. Blogger (Confessions of a Dizzy Blonde). A friend of mine once described me by saying “One minute she’s like the Dalai Lama, the next a dizzy blonde” and maybe that does sum me up…
If you want to show your love to your man you definitely should cook him a delicious dinner. We give you ideas for romantic meals to cook for him.
Attraction is a chemical reaction that occurs within the brain. If you want to learn how to make him addicted to you, read our article. Thank us later!
Whether they’re in a first or a 50th relationship, people are always wondering how to say I love you for the first time without making a fool of themselves.
Having a crush on someone is a fact of life. While most crushes are harmless, others can lead to unwanted circumstances. Here’s how to forget your crush.
Do you want to make your boyfriend emotionally more attached to you? Well, you can, and with our tips he will grow fonder of you and be yours forever!
It’s a common misconception that you should go out looking for love. When the love is right, it will find YOU. In the meantime, learn to enjoy life!
When a guy doesn’t text you back it can really drive you insane. Read these 16 tips on how to get him to text you back and he won’t ignore you ever again!
How to have a great Valentine's Day as a single woman? Although it might sound scary, we will help you. You can have fun being single on Valentine’s Day!