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The language of flowers

Giving flowers in the form of beautiful hand tied bouquets is a wonderful gesture, but a further dimension is added if you understand a little about the language of flowers.

Different flowers have conveyed different meanings in many cultures throughout the world, throughout history. The ancient Greeks, the Persians, the Turks, the Chinese and the Indians all developed their own languages of flowers.

The idea became widespread in England in Elizabethan times, and became highly sophisticated by the beginning of the nineteenth century. Not only did individual flowers have their own meaning, but their position when worn was very important as well. For example, marigolds worn on the breast conveyed indifference, while marigolds worn in the hair expressed anguish.

This tradition seems rather quaint in these modern days of text messaging, facebook, youtube and twitter, but it can be fun to send coded messages in the flower bouquets you send to your loved ones

Here are a few flowers with the meanings explained –

Calla lily flower – magnificent beauty
Carnation flower, Pink – a woman’s love for a man
Forget me not flower - true love
Freesia flower – friendship
Lilac  flower– first feelings of love
Hyacinth flower, blue - constancy
Hyacinth flower, white – unobtrusive loveliness
Orchid – beauty and elegance
Lily of the valley flowers  – happiness
Peony flowers – shyness
Mimosa  flowers – secret love
Solidago flowers – hope
Sunflowers – adulation
Veronica  flowers – faithfullnes, fidelity
Oriental lily flowers – purity
Orange blossom flowers – your purity is equaled by your loveliness
Tuberose flowers – dangerous pleasure
Gladioli flowers – strength of character
Ranunculus flowers – you are rich in attractions
Bird of Paradise - symbolises excitement and joyfulness
Amaryllis - splendid beauty
Anthurium - hospitality


November 14, 2018 by Sherree Francis-Bryan