The Language of Flowers

As you begin making decisions about flowers for your wedding or as gifts to the special people in your life, consider each flower’s traditional meaning.   In the early 1900’s romance was often communicated with flowers.  A young man would present a red rose, which symbolized love, to a young woman.  She would return a purple pansy, which silently relayed the message “You are in my thoughts.”  Traditionally no words were spoken that would commit either party during this courtship, so knowing the language of flowers was of paramount importance if an accord was to be reached.  Today it is a charming idea to select flowers, and even herbs, that convey sentimental feelings between the bride and the groom or even between friends and family members.

acacia – friendship

agrimony – gratitude

ambrosia – love returned

anemone – expectation

apple blossoms – hope

aster – elegance

azalea – temperance

bay laurel – glory

calla lily – beauty

camellia – loveliness

daffodil – regard

forget-me-not – remembrance

freesia – innocence

gardenia – purity

ivy – fidelity

larkspur – laughter

laurel – peace

lilac – humility

lily – majesty

lily of the valley – happiness

myrtle – remembrance

orange blossom – purity

orchid – rare beauty

peony – bashfulness

rose – love

rosemary – remembrance

stephanotis – marital happiness

tulip – passion


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