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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Language of Flowers

Good Morning,
I'm writing this post in hopes of boosting your morale, especially for our north and east neighbors. They are in the midst of one of the worst winters ever. The blizzards they're experiencing, I'm sure make them feel like they'll never see the sun again, much less spring flowers. So, I thought I'd bring the meaning of flowers to y'all in hopes of brightening your day.

In Victorian times, each flower had a meaning and bouquets were given with much thought given to the recipient. This was first brought to my attention in the movie, The Age of Innocence. Daniel Day Lewis's character gave Michelle Pfieffer's character flowers specific to how he felt about her. In, Kate and Leopold, Hugh Jackman taught Kate's brother how to show his feelings with flowers. In previous years, I remember an ad that appeared in magazines that said, Say It With Flowers. Ah, romance!   

Popular Flowers & Their Meanings
• ASTER Symbol of Love, Daintiness
• AZALEA Moderation, temperance, fragile passion, your blush has won me (Chinese Symbol of Womanhood)
• CALLA LILY Magnificent beauty
• CARNATION (GENERAL) Fascination, Woman Love
• CHRYSANTHEMUM (General) You're a wonderful friend, Cheerfulness and rest.
• DAISY Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity
• HYDRANGEA Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
• IRIS Fleurdelis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor, My Compliments
• LILY (WHITE) Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You, I'm Walking on Air
• LILY (yellow) Coquetry, falsehood, flirtation
• ORCHID Love, Beauty, refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for many children
• ROSE (pink) Perfect Happiness, Please believe me
• ROSE (orange) Fascination
• ROSE (red) Love, I Love You
• SUNFLOWER (large) You are splendid
• TULIP (general) Perfect lover, Flower emblem of Holland

Hope this was fun and enlightening. I sure learned something about sending flowers. Thank you Mr. Lewis and Mr. Jackman!
Hugs to everyone,


  1. A most-interesting post, sweetie! Truly enjoyed the read & snaggin' to share on FB.

    ~Cindy Nord

    1. Thank you, Cindy. Good to see you today. Please, share away! Looking forward to meeting you at RT in Dallas!!!

  2. Interesting post. I'll accept a rose or tulip from Mr. Jackman any day!

    1. Hi, Sandra. You are are right about Mr. Jackman or Mr. Lewis, or Mr. Pitt, or . . . . . . .

  3. My eldest daughter gave a talk to a women's group on this very subject last week. Love the post. Does make me think of spring.

    1. I would like to've heard that talk, Caroline. Glad you thought of spring - I achieved my goal!

  4. Enjoyed your post! Makes me want to go fill my yard with flowers, lots of flowers of every kind!


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