In the Victorian era, we attributed to freshly cut flowers and herbs specific meanings. This practice is known as the floriography. Whatever the occasion, learn to create a bouquet that will express your feelings with our guide to the symbolic roses and other flowers.
Symbolic of the rose
A long time token of love, the rose has its own language. Each color has its own definition.
- Red: passion and true love.
- Pale Pink: grace and happiness.
- Dark Pink: admiration, gratitude and romance.
- Orange: appreciation and fascination.
- White: innocence, respect and virtue.
- Yellow: friendship and joy.
- Lavender: Enchantment.
- Peach: modesty.
Advice: Create a bouquet with a shades of pink or “compose” a message with a colorful bouquet. Express youth, beauty and grace by offering a dozen pale pink rosebuds or display your fascination with a bouquet of white and lavender roses.
The rose is not the only flower to have a symbolic. The flowers the florist of the corner sells all evoke different feelings. Clockwise, from upper left corner.
- Alstroemeria or lilies of Peru: friendship and dedication.
- Genet: modesty and kindness.
- Orchid: refined beauty and luxury.
- Eucalyptus: protection and healing.
- Tulip: elegant love.
- Marguerite: simplicity, joy and beauty.
Advice: Mix different types of flowers to create a bouquet Tussie-Mussie – a colorful bouquet of fragrant Victorian-inspired, textured and has a special meaning.
Add foliage, fragrance and more meaning to any bouquet with easy to find herbs.
- Mint: virtue.
- Parsley: festivity and gaiety.
- Rosemary: remembrance.
- Sage: esteem, health and wisdom.
- Thyme: ingenuity.
Advice: When you design a bouquet for your loved ones see beyond these meanings. If the wedding bouquet of your sister contained ivory hydrangeas, consider adding a few in its arrangement. Or surprise a gourmet offering him a bouquet of herbs and edible flowers. The symbolism of flowers, it is also the special significance it has for you and yours.
Source: La vie Simplifiée (Home Made Simple) Web Site, February 8th 2011, translated by Anick Giroux.
Originally published on Coeur en Fête Blog : November 10 2013.