Flowers and their meanings
When it comes to flowers and their meanings, you need to be familiar with and understand that there are many types of flowers.
The affect they have on people and their surroundings can vary dramatically. Flowers have individual personalities that can be composed to complement the characteristics of people and spaces. Different types of flowers can be used to express someone’s personality, enhance the décor of a room, or perhaps just offer a way of expressing gratitude or forgiveness.
Some flowers are easy to work with. They can be placed in an arrangement and do not demand much attention. They just meld with other varieties, adding character and texture. These flowers are always welcome as they are son comforting and soothing. Then there are other kinds of flowers that demand a little more attention but still do not take over the entire arrangement and insist on standing alone. Then there quite loud and dominating flowers, that need to be the centre of attention. In knowing this you will realise that different flowers produce different moods and sentiments. When considering flowers and their meanings, not just one sentiment can be appropriated to a particular flower. However, there are certain flowers that will convey a particular feeling or meaning more than another.
Flowers and their meanings have developed over time as flowers have always been used as symbols to communicate with others. Many people have appropriated their own meanings to flowers and certain flower will have a particular meaning for someone but a florist can tell you that there are traditional meanings for particular flowers. If unsure, a florist will be able to explain flowers and their meanings, so that you can send the desired message. These different meanings developed in the Victorian era when symbols and gestures were used more frequently than words to express feelings.
Here is a brief list of different flowers and their meanings:
Azalea: fragile passion
Ambrosia: Love returned
Bluebell: Humility; constancy
Bouquet of withered flowers: Rejected love
Burnet: A merry heart
Cactus: Endurance; warmth
Carnation (in general): Bonds of affection; fascination (pink): I'll never forget you. (purple): Capriciousness; whimsical; changeable. (red): admiration. (striped): refusal; sorry I can't be with you
Carnation (white): Sweet and lovely; innocence; pure love. (yellow): Rejection; disdain
Chrysanthemum (in general): Cheerfulness. (red): love. (white): Truth. (yellow): Slighted love
Clover: Good luck
Forget-me-not: True love; memories
Hyacinth (general): Games and sports. (blue): Constancy. (purple): I'm sorry; please forgive me; sorrow. (red or pink): Play. (white): Loveliness. (yellow): Jealousy
Lily (general): Keeps unwanted visitors away. (calia): Beauty. (eucharis): Maiden charms. (orange): Hatred. (tiger): Wealth; pride. (white): Virginity; purity; majesty
Lily of the valley: sweetness; humility
Magnolia: Sweetness; beauty; love of nature
Marigold: Comforts the heart
Oleander: Caution; beware
Poppy: (general) – imagination. (red) –Pleasure. (white) – Consolation. (yellow) - Wealth; success.
Roses: (Red) – Love. (white) - Eternal Love ; innocence. (Pink) - Perfect happiness.
(Yellow) – Friendship. (thornless) - Love at first sight. (single, full bloom) - I love you. Rose bud - Beauty and youth ; a heart innocent of love. Rose bud (red) - Pure and lovely. Rose bud(white) – Girlhood.
Sunflower: Loyalty; wishes
Tulip (general): Fame, charity. (red) - declaration of love. (Variegated) - Beautiful eyes. (yellow): Hopeless love
Flowers and their meanings also vary between countries and for this reason some flowers have more significance than others. As one of the earth’s miracles flowers and their meanings, are beautiful and thoughtful gifts for everyone and every occasion.