You really can’t go wrong when you give the gift of flowers. No matter what is in the bouquet, chances are it is going to look fantastic. This is especially true when you purchase your flower arrangement from a reputable florist. However, what of those people who take a special interest in flower symbolism? Will they think the arrangement is as beautiful as you do?
Giving floral arrangements to a person who is familiar with flower symbolism can be tricky. Get it wrong and you could send an offensive message. Get it right and you could make a friend for life. You don’t need a college degree to understand the various symbolic meanings behind the most popular flowers. You merely need to keep reading.
A Rose by Any Other Name
For as long as humans have been recording history, roses have been used in one form or another to symbolize different emotions and/or intentions. In ancient Eastern societies, we see the rose being used as a symbol for love and beauty, of prestige and wealth. Interestingly, the word “Rose” only translates to “red” or “pink” in most languages.
However, in the West today, the rose is best known as a symbol for compassion and romance. Roses are among the most popular flower for romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, weddings, and courtships. It’s important to note here that the occasion on which a rose is given greatly determines its meaning. On top of that, the color has its own definition as well.
To get the best bouquet of roses, regardless of the meaning or occasion, be sure to speak to an expert on the subject. Usually, a good flower dealer will have those people on staff at all times. Use your resources and send the right message.
Lilies Are Just as Sweet
Lilies have long been a symbol of such sweet human emotion that they are seldom mixed up with anything else. That is to say that most people innately understand the symbolism behind lilies because they embody the meaning so eloquently. In general, lilies are symbols of humility. Often carried by new brides on their wedding day, or placed around caskets at funerals, lilies can symbolism devotion and deep love as well.
In fact, lilies are traditionally given as a token of love and devotion on anniversaries. You might see a husband give his wife of 2 years a bouquet of Lily of the Valley flowers. This would be not only perfectly appropriate but it would also be quite beautiful. Since lilies are often equated with the soul, it makes a lot of sense that they are given as gifts to people we love in life as well as to those whom we have lost in death.
The symbolism behind carnations is a little complicated. It all depends on the color of the carnation you choose. Although that might sound pretty simple, it can be difficult to remember it all. Luckily, your local florist should be able to point you in the right direction so you don’t end up giving something offensive.
As a general rule, carnations have varying meanings depending on their hue. The following is a brief guide for your buying convenience:
- Light red: symbolizes admiration for the receiver
- Dark red: symbolizes deep love and affection for the receiver (romantic)
- White: symbolizes pure love for the receiver (i.e.: mother-child)
- Variegated: symbolize regret for the unrequited love of the receiver
Since modern technology and societal trends have made it possible to dye carnations to any color under the sun, you may need some help picking out the right one. As always, ask your florist to give you a hand so you can create an attractive arrangement.
Tulips have a lot more in common with carnations than you think. Despite its incredibly different appearance, a tulip’s symbolism is based solely on its color just like it is in the case of the carnation. Tulips are a very popular flower for spring and summer, but they can also be found in fall and winter bouquets as well. This is because the tulip can stand for several things.
Red tulips are among the most popular version, and it’s probably because they symbolize true love. Since flowers are commonly given from one lover to another, it’s no wonder why red tulips are always a hot seller. Purple tulips are known to represent royalty, so you can actually treat your wife or mother like a queen and not break the bank while doing it.
In the meantime, there has been a lot of debate about what yellow tulips really mean. Some say yellow tulips are a symbol of unrequited love, but other say that variegated carnations have that covered. New concepts say that yellow tulips are a symbol of happiness and sunshine, and most people like that much better. What your tulip bouquet ultimately means to you will matter only to the person receiving it.