The perfect evening has been planned. You have thought of everything including picking up flowers. You think the flowers are beautiful but what do they really mean? Every flower has a specific meaning and sends a special or not so special meaning. Picking flowers as a gift has more to it than choosing your favorite color. Making sure flowers send the message you were hoping for is as important as remembering the flowers themselves. Be prepared before you head out to your local florist or log on to your favorite online flowers shop.
Love is a special message. When choosing flowers for someone you love you never want to get your signals crossed. Red flowers are an obvious choice and a good one to make. Red flowers mean passionate love. There is no mistaking the message you are sending. There are other types of love too. You might not want to send red roses to your mother but pink carnations are a better option. The pink carnation means “love of a mother”. Letting a new love know how special they are is as simple as sending a thorn less rose. The thorn less rose means “love at first sight”. Sending a special flower based on how a relationship is progressing will always keep love new and vibrant.
Perhaps the message is friendship. Alstromeria is a happy flower that sends the message of friendship. Ivy is often considered a vine but also lets someone know that you appreciate their friendship. The chrysanthemum is also a symbol of friendship. The chrysanthemum is the perfect choice for a coworker, neighbor or a new friend. The iris is a simple symbol of friendship that may be appropriate for a friend from church as it also symbolizes the fleur de lis.
Not often will you intentionally want to send a negative message with your flowers but you may want to avoid some. Yellow flowers may be beautiful but they have some very negative meanings. Yellow roses mean jealousy or a decrease in love. Not exactly the right message for date night. Yellow carnations send the message of disappointment which may not be appropriate for a graduation, wedding or get well gift! Staying away from all of the yellow flowers may seem like a safe bet but even the striped carnation can get you in trouble. This eye-catching flower means “No or a refusal”. It sends the message that you cannot be in the relationship. The larkspur means “fickleness” which may not be a great message for a new love or a relationship in transition. A fluffy bouquet of delicate hydrangea sends the sharp message of “heartlessness”.
Sometimes your message will be unclear. This is when a special message may come in handy. A baptism may be a great opportunity to give white lilies, white carnations, daisies or a white rose, which all mean purity and innocence. A yellow poppy wishes the recipient wealth and success which would make any graduate smile. Stephanotis has a duel meaning of happiness in marriage and desire to travel which makes it an ideal choice for honeymooners.
Flowers are the perfect gift. They can say so many things even when we can’t find the words ourselves. Love, friendship, jealousy and appreciation can all be conveyed through the simple act of giving a flower. If for some reason the message you intended doesn’t get conveyed the first time you can always send a beautiful bunch of purple hyacinth. What a better way to say “I’m sorry”!