Friday, February 14, 2014

Language of Flowers

Picture from Winston Flowers (My favorite Boston florist!)
Flowers have a language of their own. In both England and the US during the 19th century, flowers and floral arrangements were sent to communicate feelings that could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society. In fact, floral dictionaries became fashion accessories, helping to decode the meanings of exchanged bouquets.

If you can't find your floral dictionary this Valentine's Day, look no further. Here's a quick look at the meaning behind some popular picks:
  • Poppy: Fantastic extravagance
  • Orchid: Refined beauty
  • Red Rose: True love
  • Pink Rose: Grace
  • Yellow Rose: Friendship 
  • Dahlia: Elegance and dignity
  • Daisy: Innocence and cheer
  • Purple Tulip: Forever love
  • Yellow Carnation: Rejection
  • Ranunculus: Radiant with charm (oh la la!)
If you'd like a more comprehensive guide, check out this print out, courtesy of Lolalina.

Note: Although flowers can say a lot, please don't over-think the blooms that your sweetie sends you today. He'll get it right next time.

Happy Valentine's Day!

1 comment:

  1. I knew there must be a reason I never liked yellow carnations!