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The Language of Flowers

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by Sarah M (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA. My blog is coming soon. Watch this space!
Published February 4th 2013
Say it with flowers
Throughout history, people have given flowers to each other as gifts or as a token of love. They look nice, smell nice and most people like them, so they are an easy gift for any occassion such as birthdays, Mothers Day and Valentine's Day.

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Bouquet of Roses by Jina Lee

However, did you know that flowers have a language all of their own? Different flowers and even different colours mean different things. So if you 'say something' when you give flowers to someone make sure that you are sending the right message.

Roses are a popular choice, especially on Valentine's Day. A Single Red Rose says 'I Love You', but other colours say different things.

Red - sincere love and passion
Deep Red - beauty
Red and White Roses Mixed - unity and hope
Lavender - love at first sight
Orange or Coral - desire and fascination
Burgundy - beauty
Deep Pink - gratitute and appreciation
Light Pink - admiration and joy
Pink - happiness
White - purity, innocence and charm
Yellow - friendship and joy

Carnations are another popular flower for bouquets and arrangements.

Red - love
Pink - admiration
White - sweet, innocent and pure
Yellow - rejection or disappointment
Purple - whimsical
Striped - a refusal



Pink - longing
Flame - in my heart
White - you're adorable


White - virginity, purity, majesty
Scarlet - high asperations
Orange - desire, passion


Red - love
Yellow - sunshine
Varigated - beautiful

Bunches of Flowers

- Secret Love

Daisy - love, purity, faith

Daffodil - respect and unrequited love

Chrysanthemum - friendship and truth

Orchid - love, beauty and refinement.

These are only some of the most popular flowers and their meanings. We all have our favourites and the right flower or the right colour and meaning doesn't really matter much to most people. Sometimes a bunch of flowers is just a bunch of flowers.

So give someone a bunch of flowers of any kind to cheer them up, to make their day, or for no reason at all.
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