How to Say I Love You in the Language of Flowers
This Valentine's Day, don't buy just any ordinary flower bouquet from the local supermarket for your true love. Take the time to say "I Love You" using the language of flowers. There isn't a true woman on earth who doesn't love flowers. Show the woman in your life how much you really care by thoughtfully choosing flowers that symbolize your unending devotion.
Known as floriography, the language of flowers was extremely popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian Age was a time of etiquette and social customs. Feelings that could not be expressed in words, could be expressed through gifts of flowers.
But the language of flowers originated long before Queen Victoria made it popular. Shakespeare uses a bit of floriography himself in his famous play "Hamlet". Ophelia, insane after the death of her father, gives out meaningful flowers to her brother and the King and Queen in Act IV, Scene V:
"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that's for thoughts...There's fennel for you, and columbines: there's rue for you; and here's some for me: we may call it herb-grace o' Sundays: O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There's a daisy: I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died..."
Flowers have many meanings ranging from friendship to love to sorrow. You can say just about anything with a flower. But you have to be sure you are conveying the right message with the right flower. There are flowers used for funerals and then there are flowers used for weddings. Much depends upon the color of the flower. "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet" but a black rose used where a red rose is appropriate wouldn't be sweet at all.
Flowers that Symbolize Love
Innocence and Purity
Passion and Desire
Enchantment and Love at First Sight
I Love You
Regard and Unrequited Love
Innocence and Loyal Love
True Love and Memories
Delicate and Rare Beauty
The First Feelings of Love
The Innocence of Youth
I can't live without you
Declaration of Love
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