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The Language of Flowers

The Victorians developed a complex language of flowers, assigning to each flower a hidden meaning. A suitor could express his love with a single flower or send a complete message in a mixed bouquet. Fond thoughts in these floral greetings were not restricted to lovers – a woman might send a close friend or relative a nosegay to show her affection. Today, using this language is a romantic and fun way to create your bouquet. Here are some of today’s more popular flowers and their meanings.

  • Bells of Ireland – luck
  • Calla Lily – elegance
  • Dahlia – elegance & dignity
  • Four-leaf Clover – be mine
  • Forget-me-not – true love
  • Ivy – dependance
  • Lavender – devotion
  • Lilac (purple) – first emotion of love
  • Lilac (white) – youthful innocence
  • Lily (white) – purity
  • Roses
    Red – true love
    White – eternal love, silence or innocence
    Yellow – friendship or dying love
    Pink – grace
    Dark Pink – gratitude
    Light Pink – desire, passion, joy of life
    Coral or Orange – desire, passion
    Lavender – love at first sight
    Red & White together – nuity
    Red & Yellow together – joy, happiness & excitement
  • Sunflower – pure & lofty thoughts
  • Tulips (red) – declaration of love
  • Tulips (yellow) – hopeless love

For more information on flowers not listed here, visit http://www.pioneerthinking.com/flowerlanguage.html

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