World of Flowers
The Beauty of Flowers and their Meanings
Each month of the year has a zodiac sign and a symbolic gemstone. Flowers also denote birthdays and have cultural and historical meanings. If you choose to buy such flowers as gifts, you show a great deal of thoughtfulness. Using flowers is an easy way to express your feelings and it is your own choice which flowers represent you and your thoughts best.
But, do you really know what flowers to buy for birthdays, which ones are suitable for funerals and what never to buy for a wedding? Or do you just grab any random colourful flower bouquet on your way to the event? Every kind of flower has a particular ‘language’, a meaning, all of them express something. Learning about the symbolism of flower types and flower colours can help you in choosing the perfect arrangement. So, according to your feelings and what you want to show, choose the flower which best represents you. Keep in mind, buying flowers that are in season is much better for your budget.
I. Through the Year With Flowers
II. The Colour Meanings of Roses
III. The Perfect Flowers for all Occasions
I. Through the year with flowers
The year begins with two January flowers, Carnations represent love, affection, and admiration. Green varieties are given on St. Patrick’s Day. The other flower for the first month is the Snowdrop, a hopeful sight for the spring and brighter days to come.
February brings the Iris – standing for friendship, faith, and hope.
And of course, February the 14th brings Valentines Day, probably the most popular and romantic reason to buy flowers. And here you come into play, gentlemen! Classic red roses are always a very safe bet, but also can look a bit thoughtless and old-fashioned. It doesn’t shout out very loud the effort gone into the act of picking happy valentine day flowers.
As fashion changes with the years, the flower trends also do. Get inspired by websites like Valentines Day Flowers Sydney if you aren’t sure how to impress with flowers without sticking to boring traditions, and how to celebrate romance on your own Valentine’s Day.
One of the delights of March is the Daffodil that brightens the days after winter. They stand for respect, faithfulness, and modesty.
Flower of the month for April is the cute Daisy, denoting good luck and pleasure.
May and it’s warmer weather brings the Lily, standing for purity and sweetness.
June represents naturally love and beauty by the queen of flowers, the Rose.
The Larkspur is the flower for July, standing for laughter and relaxation. This flower was used to keep witches away in good old Transylvania!
August is Gladiolus and Poppy month. Gladiators adopted the Gladiolus and the Poppy is associated with remembering the war dead.
September brings the Aster, flower for love, faith and wisdom and the Morning Glory, which stands for vibrancy and awareness.
October flower of the month is the Marigold, symbolizing affection, peace, and modesty.
November is the month of the Chrysanthemum, associated with optimism, cheerfulness, and wealth. To us, it’s just a flower, in many Asian countries Chrysanthemum is used to brew delicious teas.
December finally brings the pretty Poinsettia Christmas flower and Narcissus. The Poinsettia Christmas Flower stands for celebration, good cheer and success, is also a popular decoration in many homes at the festive season, therefore it’s also known as Christmas Star. Narcissus stands for self-admiration and egotism. The well-known Greek myth tells of Narcissus who falls in love with his reflection and turns into a flower.
II. The colour meanings of roses
- Red …. imply passionate, romantic love
- White ….express innocence, purity, secrecy, virtue and chastity
- Yellow …. friendship & devotion, a dying love, platonic love, jealousy, and infidelity
- Blue …. mystery, desire, passion
- Orange …. desire, passion
- Burgundy …. beauty pink – a lesser affection, grace
- Pink …. a lesser affection, grace
- Light pink …. admiration, sympathy
- Dark pink …. gratitude
- Red and yellow …. joy, happiness, excitement
- Red and white … unity
III. The right flowers for all occasions
Choosing the right flowers for different occasions can be very challenging. What kind of flowers should you get, what colour should you go for? With the huge array of beautiful flowers that are available, it can be a tricky task to choose the right bouquet for a particular occasion. There are a few guidelines you can follow to make buying flowers easier and more enjoyable for you. As mentioned before, buying flowers that are in season keeps your wallet happy!
- BIRTHDAY If you are buying flowers for that one special person in your life, consider what you want to say with the bouquet. A classic bunch of roses may be a safe option. An arrangement of exotic flowers might be better suitable for somebody who loves uniqueness. Even kids cherish colourful flowers that are accompanied by birthday balloons or some toys. You can hide money (in small notes) in little sweet flower bouquets, or add some sweets to keep the little ones excited.
- WEDDING Arrangements to consider when purchasing flowers for a wedding: the bride’s bouquet, floral decoration of the wedding party (the flower girls, the bridesmaids, best men ..) and the flowers for the wedding venue itself. Usually, flowers are chosen in response to the theme and colour scheme of the wedding.
- GET WELL A flower bouquet is a wonderful gesture of best wishes to make your loved one feel better. Scent-free flowers like sunflowers or dahlias are recommended for hospitals. Small potted plants is another option which will be much appreciated, as they don’t require vases.
- FUNERAL Express your sympathy and support for the family by using a floral arrangement. Take care of the colour meanings and type of flower. Choosing colours like blue or white (stands for comfort and peace) is more suitable than arrangements of green plants (which is an expression of good health and fortune). If you were close with the deceased person, an arrangement of their favourite flowers may be the best choice.
Whether you are picking the flower decoration for your own wedding or buying flowers to give to somebody else for a particular occasion, the sentiment of a nice flower bouquet or arrangement is sure to be appreciated. Don’t forget to treat yourself to some fresh flowers now and again!
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