Floriography

February 21st, 2012

Floriography, the language of flowers, started in the Victorian-era as a way for people to symbolically communicate personal thoughts and feelings. Some of these may surprise you; ranging from a secret love to heartlessness, popular flowers have a wide variety and interesting representations!

Gardenia
You’re lovely, secret love, good luck

Gardenias are most widely used to express your secret love for someone.

Daisy
Innocence, loyal love, purity, faith, cheer, simplicity

Daisy

Pink Gerbera Daisies

Lilac First or new love
Perfect for a wedding ceremony or as a gift for a new mother.

RoseLove and passion
Each rose color signifies a different meaning:

Red: enduring passion; white: youth and innocence; yellow: friendship and happiness; pink: grace; orange: enthusiasm and desire.

Roses

Red Roses Arrangement

TulipHopeless love
The black center of a tulip is said to represent a lover’s heart.

Tulips

Amethyst Tulips Bouquet

LilyHumility, sweetness, return to happiness

Lilies

Blazing Orange Lily Arrangement

OrchidRefined beauty
Today’s culture incorporates orchids as a means of symbolizing rare and delicate beauty.

Orchid

Green Dendrobium Orchids

StephanotisMarital bliss; desire to travel
One of the most relevant for a newlyweds (wedding ceremony and honeymoon!).

HydrangeaThank you for understanding; heartlessness

Hydrangea

Arrangement with White Hydrangeas

SunflowerLoyalty and best wishes
The open face of this flower represents the sun itself, happiness and warmth.

Sunflowers

Hello Sunshine!

So next time you’re picking out an arrangement for that special someone, or even when considering wedding bouquets, take a look at the deeper meaning to the most popular florals. Not only will it add character to your arrangement, you will create a beautiful visual of your emotions in the process!

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