Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flower Meanings

Are you getting your Chrysanthemums confused with your carnations? Your roses mixed up with your tulips? Well, bumble over flowers no longer - send flowers in South Africa with flair and deep meaning with this handy flower meanings list.

The language of flowers harks back to Victorian times when people would communicate their emotions and feelings through particular flowers for their meanings. In fact, during Victorian times the flower selection was very limited and people also used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words.

Nowadays, choosing and sending flowers is more about the sentiment. People often give their flower arrangement their own personal meanings – a specific flower or colour that might remind them of a special event or moment in their lives. Everyone knows that flowers can brighten up someone's day, so why not choose your flowers for a particular meaning to make your gift that much more special. Although experts can't agree on the real meaning of every flower, there is a good selection on which they all agree!

A small selection of flowers and their meanings :
Anemone -- Forsaken
Bell flower, white -- Gratitude
Bergamot -- Irresistible
Bluebell -- Constancy
Campanula -- Gratitude
Carnation, pink -- I'll never forget you
Carnation, red -- My poor heart aches for you
Carnation, striped -- Refusal
China rose -- Beauty always new
Chrysanthemum -- Love
Daffodil -- Regard
Daisy -- Innocence, new-born, "I share your sentiment"
Fern -- Sincerity
Forget-Me-Not -- True love
French Marigold -- Jealousy
Gardenia -- Ecstasy
Geranium -- "You are childish"
Honeysuckle -- Bonds of love
Heather -- Admiration
Hyacinth -- I am sorry, Please forgive me
Ivy -- Fidelity, friendship, marriage
Jasmine -- Grace
Lavender -- Luck, devotion
Lilac -- First love
Lily -- Purity, modesty
Lily of the Valley -- Purity, the return of happiness
Lily, Calla -- Beauty
Marigold -- Health, grief or despair
Orchid -- Love, beauty, refinement
Pansy -- Loving thoughts
Poppy, red -- Consolation
Primrose -- I can't live without you
Rose, cabbage -- Ambassador of love
Rose, Orange – You are my secret love
Rose, Pink – Brilliant complexion; the glow of your smile; perfect happiness
Rose, Red – Passionate love; I love you
Rose, Single Stems – Simplicity
Rose, White – I am worthy of you; spiritual love; Innocence and Purity; Secrecy and Silence
Rose, White and Red – We are inseparable-- Love
Rose, pink -- Grace, beauty
Rose, yellow -- Friendship
Sweet Pea -- Departure, tender memory
Tulip, red -- My perfect lover, Reclamation of love
Violet -- Loyalty, modesty, humility

The gift of roses is one that we probably have the most understanding of. Did you know there is a message in how many roses you select for a floral arrangement in South Africa ?

Single bloom red Rose – Love at first sight or I still love you
Single Rose, any color – Gratitude or simplicity
2 Roses – Mutual feelings
3 Roses – I love you
7 Roses – I'm infatuated with you
9 Roses – We'll be together forever
10 Roses – You are perfect
11 Roses – You are my treasured one
12 Roses – Be mine
13 Roses – Friends forever
15 Roses – I'm truly sorry
20 Roses – I'm truly sincere towards you
21 Roses – I'm dedicated to you
24 Roses – Forever yours
25 Roses – Congratulations
50 Roses – Unconditional love
99 Roses – I will love you all the days of my life
108 Roses – Will you marry me?
999 Roses – I love you till the end of time

Whatever the special occasion, shopping for flowers online is the most convenient way of buying them. When you next send flowers in South Africa , why not explain the meaning of your flowers in your card to make it that much more special.

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