The Gift of Flowers
The tradition of giving flowers is one that is revered by lovers, friends and families all around the globe. While giving flowers can punctuate, or symbolize, almost any occasion, by far the most common reason to give flowers is to express romantic love. First dates, senior prom, weddings, anniversaries and, of course, St. Valentine’s Day, are all special events that would seem incomplete with out a bouquet of fresh, fragrant blooms.
Unfortunately, sometimes the redundancy of tradition can turn on itself, seeming to take the excitement of the unknown or the anticipation of something new out of a moment. Hence, giving flowers on Valentine’s Day has sadly become a bit of a cliché. Not because we do not appreciate the beauty of the flowers or the romantic value of the gesture, but because we often see the gift of flowers as one that can be made at the very last minute, without much creativity or thought. Well, this year, surprise your loved one by putting a fresh twist on the ancient tradition of giving flowers.
Did you know that almost every variety of flower has been tagged, over time, with its own individual meaning? It’s true! Sometimes this meaning is steeped in ancient legend or myth, and sometimes it has grown out of the most common use for the flower itself. For example, we all seem to instinctively know that the red rose symbolizes love, passion and desire, but what about the pink rose or the pansy for that matter?
Read on to find out the common meaning of some of the Earth’s most romantic flowers. When you next give flowers to your lover, include a note outlining the meaning of the variety of flowers you have chosen for him/her, and why you feel that they symbolize your relationship. If you thought that nothing could be less original than the gift of fresh flowers, think again. This new spin is sure to impress.
You can use specific flowers to express yourself in many romantic situations. Falling in love for the first time? Is your sweetie far away? Are you in love with someone from afar and feel it’s time to let them know? Say it with flowers. here’s how:
· Asters symbolize beginnings.
· Azaleas represent first love.
· Daisies mean innocence.
· Hyacinths are representative of young love.
· Purple lilacs represent the first experience of love.
· White roses symbolize innocence and purity.
· A Red and White Rose combination represents unity.
· Baby’s Breath means ever-lasting love.
· Honeysuckle symbolizes the bonds of love.
· Lavender means devotion.
· Pink roses symbolize lasting friendship.
· Stephanotis, or Madagascar jasmine, means happiness in marriage.
· Sunflowers mean adoration.
· Pomegranate symbolizes unspoken desire.
· Yellow Tulip represents hopeless love.
Passion and Desire
· Anthurium means intense attraction.
· Calla lily symbolizes magnificent beauty.
· Orchids represent ecstasy.
· Pansies symbolize the unspoken thoughts of lovers.
· Peach roses expresse desire.
· Red roses represent passion and love.
· Agapanthus, or African lily, symbolizes love letters.
· Astilbe, or False Spirea, means "I will wait for you."
· Heliotrope inspires thoughts of devotion.
· Gladioli represent strength of character, a necessary asset to anyone far away from their lover.
· Ivy means fidelity
· Violets represent faithfulness.
· Zinnia symbolizes the thought of absent friends.