Language of Flowers

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.

Other symbolic
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.

Herbal expressions
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.

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