Flowers mesmerize our senses. They are companions when we are lonely, witnesses to memory, they offer a sense of healing when we are sick, comfort when we are sad and offer promise to our future.
Having flowers around us is a signal that we are in a safe space.
Flowers petition our sense of touch, seduce our sight and pique at our emotions. In short, flowers are love. Different flowers have different meanings and every flower has a language of its own. The language of flowers
Flowers have a language of their own and in a sort of silent dialogue, flowers can be used to answer a question, convey a heartfelt message, unite a room, display elegance and taste. Choosing the right flowers for the right location and occasion is important because it ensures you are conveying the right message.
So what do different flowers signify? Here is a short guide on what different flowers mean and communicate.
The Famous Rose
Traditionally, the rose is a symbol of love and nothing beats saying “I Love you” with red roses on Valentines Day. However, colour and even the number ascribe the language of roses.
The Red Rose
Red roses convey the unmistakable expression of love and romance, and 12 red roses say “I Love You” or “Be Mine”. This is why it is the flower of choice on Valentines Day, engagements, birthdays or other such intimate occasions.
I Say White, I Mean White
White is the colour of innocence and purity. White flowers, in general, are associated with new beginnings, humility, spirituality and even sympathy. The symbolism of new beginnings makes white flowers a popular choice for weddings and particularly the bridal bouquet. They can also be an expression of sympathy making them a good choice for a funeral or sending to someone who has lost a loved one. This communicates empathy and connection with the occasion.
Pink or Yellow
Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship and they evoke feelings of joy, warmth and exuberance. They are a great choice for lighting up a room and creating a sense of comfort and welcome.
Pink roses are used to convey messages of gratitude, admiration and gentleness.
A bouquet of yellow and pink roses speaks elegance and grace.
Orange Rose Orange roses speak fire and energy. They radiate the sun and they convey a sense of desire and pride. A mixed bouquet of yellow, red and orange roses conveys a sense of fascination, confidence and passion.
Aside from the colours, although not widely known, roses given in specific numbers also convey different messages. 25 roses convey a congratulatory message whilst 50 roses speak to unconditional love.
It is not just roses that bear different meanings.
Gerberas, which belong to the daisy family, convey a message of cheerfulness. A bouquet of gerberas is a perfect choice to bring cheer to an occasion, brighten up a home or office space, and create a sense of happiness.
Lilies are a symbol of beauty, modesty and gaiety. This makes them a perfect choice for a baby shower, house warming or an anniversary.
Chrysanthemums symbolize joy, long life and loyalty. They are the kind of flowers you gift to a client to convey a message of gratitude, optimism and commitment.
Carnations are mainly a symbol of beauty, pride, admiration and love. However, like roses, there is symbolism attributed to the colour. Pink carnations symbolize the love of a mother, making them a perfect mothers day gift. White carnations speak innocence and peace, whilst red carnations convey a message of love and respect.
A Flower For Every Occasion
The meanings and symbolism of flowers also differ across different cultures and traditions. So if you are going to gift a flower to convey a very particular message, especially to a different culture from yours, then it is advisable to do ample research to make sure you have the right flower for the right occasion.
The language of flowers is love. And love conquers everything.
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