We all know that giving a beautiful bouquet of flowers to that special person you care about is the perfect gift to show your affection. Considering there are so many different types of flowers, trying to work out which type would be appropriate and what would be meaningful can be difficult. After a little research, I put together the following list of flowers along with what each of them mean.
White lilies have been an important flower ever since biblical times. According to the Bible, petals of white lily signify virginity, purity and the radiant soul of Virgin Mary. While white lilies are supposed to symbolise chastity and virtue, other varieties have become just as popular. Peruvian lilies (lance-shaped and slightly twisted lily which has clustered heads at the tips of the tall wiry stems. Come in many shades) represent friendship and devotion. White star-gazer lilies express sympathy and pink star-gazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Symbolizing humility and devotion, lilies are the 30th anniversary flower – while lilies of the valley are the 2nd wedding anniversary flower.
When I visited Washington DC a couple of years ago, Cherry Blossom trees were in full bloom all over the city. To say they looked wonderful would be an understatement. I was told that in 1912, 3,020 trees were sent from Yokohama to Washington, D.C as a gift from the people of Japan to the people of the United States. Ever since my holiday to Washington D.C, I have been in love with Cherry Blossoms. According to Japanese traditions, Cherry blossoms are a symbolic flower of the spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. Their life is very short. After their beauty peaks around two weeks, the blossoms start to fall. In China, the cherry blossom symbolizes feminine beauty and in Japan the cherry blossoms signify the nature of life.
During the very romantic Victorian era, flowers were often used as a method of communication where words were often not enough or even allowed. Whether this was in a capacity of romance and intimacy or any of the other abstract languages of the heart; different bouquets arranged with different flowers served the purpose of this type of communication. Called floriography, the practice it is still alive and thriving today. Magnolias are simply, exquisite and timeless. One of my favourite flowers.
Gardenia’s are incredible flowers perfect for bouquets, arrangements, and corsages. Gardenias are a common flower that people love to have at weddings because they smell so amazing. If you are having a summer wedding, you should really look into this flower, as it is going to look outstanding and it is going to smell incredible. This flower is given to someone who is experiencing a secret love as the timeless meaning of the Gardenia is “You are lovely”. This is a great gift for those of us that are true romantics, think Romeo and Juliet 😉 Make sure that you are giving this to someone who you really care about.
Azaleas grow really well in Australia. No matter where I have lived, these gorgeous flowers have thrived. If someone you care for is moving into an apartment, a new home, this would make for a wonderful gift. Most supermarkets even sell them. Azaleas make for beautiful blooms, they also work well as centerpieces, bouquet additions, and preserved decorations. Azaleas have several meanings, from passion that is still developing and fragile, femininity and feminine beauty as well as an abundance of beauty and intelligence.
Forget Me Not
The forget me not is a great flower, it is a flower that is petite and beautiful. There are all kinds of legends that surround the forget me not. For example, there are some people who speak of a legend that deals with a knight and his lady. The two went for a walk down the river bank where he picked her some flowers, but as he bent over to pick them, his armor put him in the water, as he drowned, he threw the flowers to the woman that he loved and asked her to “forget me not”. There are many more stories that are associated with this beautiful flower.
The carnation reminds me of pom-pom balls, just those layers upon layers of petals look so amazing. White carnations suggest pure love and good luck, light red symbolizes admiration, while dark red represents deep love and affection. Purple carnations imply capriciousness, and pink carnations carry the greatest significance, beginning with the belief that they first appeared on earth from the Virgin Mary’s tears – making them the symbol of a mother’s undying love.
Jasmine is a popular flower that’s is associated with love and romance. The delicate white blooms and heavenly fragrance are ideal for cosy corners and bedside tables, where lovers spend time whispering sweet words to each other 😉 The flower symbolizes love, modesty and sensuality. The wonderful scent of this flower reminds people of their loved ones even if that individual is not present. The meaning of this flower says “I attach myself to you” and it also represents nobility, grace and elegance.
An old classic, the red rose is an unmistakable expression of love. Even before civilized times, the colour red symbolised fire and heat. Later the colour came to express strong emotions. The establishment and commercialisation of Valentine’s Day played a large role in the modern-day act of giving someone red roses as a symbol of romantic love. 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”.
The meaning of tulips is perfect love . Like many flowers, different colors of tulips also often carry their own significance. Red tulips are most strongly associated with true love. The meaning of yellow tulips has evolved somewhat, from once representing hopeless love to now being a common expression for cheerful thoughts and sunshine. White tulips are used to claim worthiness or to send a message of forgiveness. Variegated tulips, once among the most popular varieties due to their striking color patterns, represent beautiful eyes.