Millions of bouquets of red roses will be given to sweethearts all across the country today. Have you ever wondered why red roses? Why not daisies or tulips or even dandelions?
The answer lies in the language of flowers, or floriography, a centuries old practice. In Victorian times, flowers were often given to convey emotions not dared expressed aloud. Over time, the meanings of flowers have changed or become less important to most people. Instead, the historical language of flowers has been replaced with those that remind us of people, places or special events. But, on February 14, traditions take over and it is bouquets of red roses for everyone.
Red roses are not the only flowers that proclaim love of another.
Chrysanthemums (Red): I Love You
Coreopsis: Love at First Sight
Forget-me-Nots: True Love, Memories
Heliotrope: Eternal Love
Honeysuckle: Bonds of Love
Orange Blossoms: Eternal Love, Marriage & Fruitfulness
Phlox: Hearts are United
Tulips (Red): Declaration of Love, Perfect Love
Yarrow: Everlasting Love
According to the language of flowers, a rose is not a rose is not a rose.
Red Roses: Love, Desire, Passion
Coral Roses: Friendship, Modesty, Sympathy
Dark Crimson Roses: Mourning
Lavender Roses: Love at First Sight
Orange Roses: Desire, Enthusiasm
Pink Roses: Admiration, Appreciation, Grace, Perfect Happiness, Gentleness
Yellow Roses: Joy, Friendship, Jealousy, Promise of New Beginning, Decrease of Love
White Roses: Innocence, Purity, Worthy of You, Reverence, Secrecy, Silence
Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy the flowers you receive today whatever type or color they may be, and remember…it won’t be long until you can garden with me!