You have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but a flower speaks a thousand emotions! In the Victorian Era, flowers did just that. Nineteenth century Floriography, the language of flowers, opened a world of communication. Whether passing on a message to a friend or foe, one bouquet could have a myriad of meanings. If you are looking for a unique way to pass on the message of love this Valentine's Day, here are some of our favorite flowers with the perfect message for every relationship!
For a Grandmother
Symbolizing loving feelings, a Pansy is the perfect choice of flower for your Grandmother. The word “pansy” is derived from the mid-15th century French word “penser,” which means to think or ponder. Remind her that she is dear to your heart and that no matter the distance or time, your thoughts of adoration are with her always!
For a Mother
The Daisy, to the woman who is the embodiment of true love. Gift your mother a flower that not only comes from the Latin word “bellus,” which means beautiful, but also represents motherhood, positivity, happiness, cheerfulness, and above all - true love.
For a Daughter
In Victorian England, Camellias were used to send the message that the recipient was adorable…what an ideal flower for your daughter! It also carries the meaning of youth, beauty, purity, and good luck. With the added bonus of representing the love between a mother and a child!
To a Love/Sweetheart
If you want to veer away from the cliché flower options for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, Jasmine is the perfect non-traditional romantic flower. The meaning of Jasmine’s different colors beautifully illustrates a “Happily Ever After” - Pink Jasmine symbolizes love and romance. Giving someone the color white means that you respect them and that you think of them highly. A yellow Jasmine represents optimism, friendship, and happiness. Red represents passionate love. Their stunning scent will surely make your special someone swoon over you!
If young love is in the air this Valentines Day, the Cornflower may help spark the heart of your love. Also known as “Bachelor’s Button,” the Cornflower represents positive hope for the future. In folklore, young men would wear them as symbols of love. If they faded too quickly, it was a sign that his love was unrequited.
Friendship / "Galentine's" Day
Don’t forget about Galentine’s Day! A day to cherish the dear ones that are with us through thick and thin, our gal pals. February 13th is becoming the day to celebrate friendships and what a better flower to show your love to a friend than a Zinnia! These radiant bursts of color exemplify friendship, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness, and lasting affection.
Baby’s Breath is the ideal accompaniment to any flower and is perfect for any occasion or love. Don’t let this little flower fool you; they hold an abundance of meaning. From everlasting love to purity and innocence, from sweet beauty to joy and happiness. These little beauties speak love!
Flowers are not Always What They Seem
One thing I know we all want to avoid this season of love is sending the wrong message. Not all flowers can be judged by their beauty alone! Here are some flowers that might not depict the correct message to your love.
The Begonia flower is one of warning and caution. Begonias also mean 'deep thinking' and in literature portrays that danger is up ahead.. so be warned!
Despite the fact thatHydrangeas have a friendly and welcoming presence, they unfortunately also have negative associations with rejection. In some instances, they say that the recipient is heartless, cold, or ruthless.
There are many variations of the Carnation flower, but theStriped Carnation has a heartbreaking meaning. The Striped Carnations symbolize regret that a love cannot be shared.
Hope this provides new meaning and a renewed depth of love this Valentine’s Day.
We’re wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Valentine’s Day - and hoping this helps you pick out the perfect flowers for your loved one!