Meanings of Flowers: Valentine's Day Flowers
Flowers have many traditional meanings
Choose floral bouquets to reflect your feelings
Flowers and their meanings
It's almost February 14th, and everyone thinks of flowers this time of year!
Flowers send such a special message - women love to get them, especially at work; what an ego boost - the "I love you, here are some flowers!" affirmation of love, displayed right on your desk!
The next time you order a floral arrangement for your beloved (or for Mom), consider requesting a bloom or two that holds a special significance for your relationship.
Here are some long-held meanings for various popular (and some not-so-well-known) flowers and blooms:
Roses: One of the most popular choices, as you know. And yes, they symbolize beauty and love. If you picked this flower for your sweetheart's bouquet, you pegged the meaning perfectly.
Carnations: This hardy flower has meanings similar to roses - love, fascination and 'distinction.' You might want to consider whether its cloying fragrance (so often reminiscent of funeral arrangements) sets the right tone for romance, though.
Carnations are a staple in many vase arrangements, though, and give substance to floral designs that have more delicate blooms in them.
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Meanings of some other popular flowers
Daffodils: Maybe you're not quite ready for love, or maybe the potted plant you're sending to a business friend who just opened their new office shouldn't be so gushy? Daffodils stand for regard - perfect for someone you respect.
Daisies: Remember Meg Ryan telling Joe Fox (in Who's Got Mail) that daisies were her favorite flowers? Talk about type-casting! Daisies stand for innocence - the perfect flower for one of America's favorite girl-next-door stars.
Apple Blossoms: Well, if you're really sucking up to someone, these will do the trick. Think 'preference,' or one who is great and famous, or even just 'good.' Think Donald Trump? Or maybe the executive in that corner office?
Geraniums: A pot of geraniums used to be one of the standard gifts for perhaps a new neighbor, or a sickly friend. Not a surprise, since they represent comfort. But they also represent folly or stupidity; maybe hold off on Valentines Day or other special events, and send them to comfort someone when you botched things up?
The above flowers are some of the more common ones found in floral groupings. But others can give meaning, too, even if they're not as suited for a huge vase or not as well known.
Almost every flower has a meaning in folklore or romance. Some relate to fairies, some are felt to have magical powers to cure or cause diseases (this does not refer to folk remedies) and some are told to bring luck, either good or bad.
Some flowers send messages of hope or healing
How to pick flowers that send messages to loved ones, friends and others
As you can see above, the flowers you send can craft a message for you. Some blossoms have meanings that actually send complete messages to the recipient.
Iris: Add and iris or two to an arrangement; the very meaning is, "Here's a message for you!"
Lilies of the Valley: Although tiny and almost fairy-like (they're only inches tall), these bell-shaped flowers symbolize chastity and tell the recipient happiness is being restored.
Heliotropes: Known for turning their blossoms to face the sun, understandably signify devotion. Probably better in the potted form, but still a pretty floral plant to show someone your love is there to stay.
The list of flowers you can put in an arrangement (or pick from your garden, or give in a pot) is almost endless. Do a little research as special events approach, and you can almost craft a sentence of love and regard with the blossoms you choose!