By Maria Parsons
We usually pick flowers because they appeal to us or we just think they are pretty, but did you know that certain flowers symbolize a range of things from long life to magnificence. Certain colors of the same flower can have different meanings, orange lilies symbolize passion whereas yellow lilies gaiety. Know your flowers leading up to Valentine’s Day, but in the end really it is the thought that counts… and don’t just wait for an occaision to send flowers, sending flowers to anyone is a guaranteed way to brighten their day.
Amaryllis This flower is symbolic of splendid beauty. It is also used to indicate worth beyond beauty.
Bird of Paradise symbolizes joyfulness. It also symbolizes magnificence. It can also be used to indicate exciting and wonderful anticipation.
Calla Lily symbolizes magnificence and beauty. White Calla lilies combine these two attributes with purity and innocence associated with the color white to make it the perfect choice of flower in a Wedding bouquet.
Chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy and long life. A red chrysanthemum conveys love; a white chrysanthemum symbolizes truth and loyal love. People often look down on the common chrysanthemum but there are many new varieties that are truly breathtaking – the chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Imperial Family of Japan.
Hydrangea symbolizes heartfelt emotions. It can be used to express gratitude for being understood. Hydrangeas are another long lasting flower, and at the height of their growing season the variety of colors ranges from pinks, greens, blues to deep purples. Some varieties dry extremely well so you can keep the blooms indefinitely.
Lily symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion, yellow lily symbolizes gaiety while Lily of the Valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart. The Easter lily is the symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Orchid is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm. It also symbolizes proud and glorious femininity. Orchids are always a great choice, when send as a plant the blooms can be enjoyed for over a month.
Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion. Peonies symbolize a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity, and they are a universal favorite, not as common as roses since their season is short – so when they are available send peonies even without a special occasion.
Tulip signifies a declaration of love. It also symbolizes fame and perfect love. Pink tulips signify caring, purple majesty, red are of course love, white forgiveness and yellow for when you are hopelessly in love.
And because the rose is the most popular flower for Valentine’s Day, here is a whole section on the meaning of the different colors of roses.
Red Roses: A red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Red roses convey deep emotions – be it love, longing or desire. Red Roses can also be used to convey respect, admiration or devotion. A deep red rose can be used to convey heartfelt regret and sorrow. The number of red roses has special romantic meanings associated with them. 12 red roses is the most popular of all which conveys “Be mine” and “I love you”, receiving a dozen red roses is really a thoughtful gift, but to sweep someone off their feet multiple dozens should do the trick.
White Roses: White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. White flowers are generally associated with new beginnings and make an ideal accompaniment to a first-time bride walking down the aisle. White flowers can be used to convey sympathy or humility. They also are indicative of spirituality. Hence, white roses also follow suit. And pure white roses are not common, usually white roses have either the slightest green or pink undertone, so when you do find that perfect white rose it’s a sign to send them to someone!
Yellow Roses: Yellow roses are an expression of exuberance. Yellow roses evoke sunny feelings of joy, warmth and welcome. They are symbols of friendship and caring. The yellow rose, like the other roses, does not carry an undertone of romance. It indicates purely platonic emotions. Yes, the perfect friendzone flower.
Orange Roses: While a yellow rose reminds us of the sun, an orange rose reminds us of a fiery blaze. These fiery blooms signify passion and energy. Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance.
Pink Roses: There are a lot of variations of the pink rose. Over all, pink roses are used to convey gentle emotions such as admiration, joy and gratitude. Light pink rose blooms are indicative of sweetness and innocence, they are the perfect choice for young love. Deep pink rose blooms convey deep gratitude and appreciation. Pink roses also connote elegance and grace.
Lavender Roses: A Lavender rose like its color conveys enchantment. It also expresses “love at first sight”. Darker shades of lavender roses (close to purple) convey a sense of regal majesty and splendor. These roses are used to express fascination and adoration.
Green roses: Green is the color of harmony, of opulence, of fertility. It is also a color indicative of peace and tranquility. Green roses (these are off-white roses with shades of green) can symbolize best wishes for a prosperous new life or wishes for recovery of good health
Mixed Roses: By mixing rose blooms of different colors purposefully, you can create a bouquet of emotions. For example, a bouquet of red and white roses would mean I love you intensely and my intentions are honorable. A random mix of roses would convey mixed feelings or send a message: “I don’t know what my feelings are yet but I sure do like you enough to send you roses.”
Maria Parsons is the resident florist at LANAI. Visit LANAI for blooms so beautiful, they make everyday special.
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