Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is upon us! Flowers are one of the gifts for her with which you could hardly ever go wrong. In fact, flowers are an appropriate gift for just about any occasion.
<—aside from my daughter, of course… Most of you know that Sister IS our Valentine, since she was born on Valentine’s Day. The Gerbera she is pictured with was her first flower.
She was eventually won over by powerful petals. –>
Did you know that different flowers, when given as gifts, carry different meanings? In fact, different colors of the same flower carry different meaning. Even roses, one of the most popular Valentines Day flowers, bear different meanings by color. Red, of course, indicates passionate love. But, did you know that a light pink rose symbolizes admiration while a yellow rose indicates friendship? And rose moss, the first confession of love? I don’t pretend to know every flower’s meaning, but I do know a few…
The Alstroemeria is the flower of friendship, and symbolizes wealth, prosperity, and fortune. The Alstroemeria is the perfect flower to give for a graduation, new friendship, housewarming gift, or for a new job.
The Bird of Paradise symbolizes joy, excitement, and wonderful anticipation. It is a great gift for the mother-to-be or bride-to-be.
The cactus symbolizes bravery and endurance (no surprises there).
Carnations are one of those flowers that have different meanings for different colors, just as roses do. Overall, carnations symbolize pride and beauty. By color, the meanings are: red is for love, pride, and admiration; pink indicates the love of a woman or a mother; purple symbolizes capriciousness; white symbolizes innocence and pure love; a striped carnation indicates refusal and a yellow carnation indicates disdain or disappointment. I would
Daffodils symbolize chivalry, new beginnings, and eternal life, although you shouldn’t give just one—because it indicates misfortune. A bunch of daffodils symbolize joy and happiness.
Daisies symbolize innocence and purity. A Gerbera Daisy conveys cheerfulness and are perfect as thank you gifts.
The Gladiolus symbolizes strength of character, faithfulness, and honor. A perfect gift for graduation, nursing pinning ceremonies, and officer commissioning.
Lilies, one of my all time favorite flowers, have different meanings according to type. A stargazer lily indicates ambition while a day lily symbolizes enthusiasm.
Peonies symbolize healing and are a great flower to send well wishes for recovery or as an indication of your sympathy.
Sunflowers indicate adoration.
Zinnia’s indicate thoughts of absent friends and are the perfect gift to send to a friend separated by distance.
As you can see, traditionally, different flowers mean different things. But, the thing is, when I receive a flower, I treasure it for what it is… a gesture that someone thought enough of me to send something beautiful! If you do want to give a flower for it’s meaning, though, most florists can help you pick the right one.