The language of flowers - British Florist Association
The language of flowers - British Florist Association

The language of flowers

For centuries people have been conveying messages of happiness, love and sorrow with flowers. What better way than saying what you struggle to say in person than with a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Don’t you just love the moment when a beautiful bunch of flowers turns up on your doorstep from your local florist with a hand written message in an envelope. The actual gesture is enough to make you smile. But many flowers also carry their own meaning which can often be used to strengthen the message you wish to convey. Here are just a few of the most popular flower associations:

AlstroemeriaDevotion, Wealth, Prosperity, Fortune
ChrysanthemumJoy, Happiness, Long life
Roses (Rosa)Beautiful and sometimes fragrant Roses symbolize Love and Good fortune. Each colour carries it’s own meaning too:
White RoseTruth / Purity
Yellow RoseFriendship
Pink RosePerfect happiness
Red RoseEternal love
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus)Departure, Delicate pleasures

Depending on which month you are born in each carries it’s own significance:

January – Carnation
February – Iris
March – Daffodil
April – Daisy
May – Lily
June – Rose
July – Delphinium
August – Gladioli
September – Aster
October – Marigold
November – Chrysanthemum
December – Poinsetta

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