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The Meaning of Flowers Explained
The language of flowers, which is sometimes called floriography, began in the Victorian-era and was devised as a means of communication in a time when individuals were not allowed to express their feelings vocally. Various flowers were used in floral arrangements as coded messages that the recipient of the flowers would have to interpret.
The slight nuances of the language are mostly forgotten today, but some common flowers are still able to elicit a strong emotional connection between the giver and receiver, even if it’s only understood intuitively. The following are some of the most common bouquet flowers today, and their symbolic meaning.
Some say that the amaryllis is symbolic of success after a long struggle. Often times, they are given in recognition of job well done, particularly in the arts. The flowers also represent natural beauty as well as vanity, so they should be given to a beautiful woman or someone who has achievements that deserve to be recognised.
Daffodils have plenty of meanings, such as faith, honesty, truth, forgiveness and forthrightness. They also symbolise respect, regard and unrequited love. These flowers are vigilant and determined, returning each spring with vigour and beauty even after the harshest of winters. Give a daffodil to someone as a token of forgiveness, or as appreciation for their honesty.
Lilies are the totem flowers of new mothers, fertility and nurturing – at the same time they alsorepresent strength and masculinity. They are suitable flowers for weddings because they also represent unions, partnerships and long-lasting relationships. Lilies in different colours have unique meanings: white for modesty and virginity, yellow for gaiety,and orange for passion.
The meaning of roses varies depending on colour. In general, roses are symbolic of deep love, concentration, intelligence, balance and passion. They can also be seen as a message for healing, revitalisation, rejuvenation and courage. Since they are complex in their physical structure, they also have very complex meanings. More than just a Valentine’s Day flower, they convey honour, devotion and intense commitment.
The way that sunflowers diligently move their massive heads toward the sun gives them their special meaning of spiritual attainment, flexibility and opportunity. They are also symbolic of good luck, wealth and ambition, so give sunflowers to someone who is working hard towards a goal. They also make great housewarming gifts for encouraging the recipient to embrace new opportunities, or for someone who you love and feel loyal towards.
Like sunflowers, tulips are also determined sun seekers and will shoot up from the ground in a hurry, and sway their heads to receive the best angle of sunlight. Given their nature, they have earned the symbolism of opportunity, adjustment, advancement and aspiration. Since they are bulbs that return every year, they also represent resurrection and fortitude. Different colours also have different meanings: red is for a declaration of love, yellow is for hopeless love, and variegated is for inner beauty that shows through the eyes.
Take the time to share a deeper form of expression with someone you love, and give them some vibrant, meaningfulflowers. You might just be able to convey your feelingsbetter through flowers than you ever could with words.