Roses are red, violets are blue. Honey is sweet, and so are you! Choosing a bouquet of from a flower shop isn’t as easy as saying “Eany, meany, miney mo…” When wanting to send your partner a specific message with the flowers as a present, you need to take into consideration the colour of the flowers.
Yes! Each colour of flower has a specific meaning and if you’re not in the know about what colour of flowers sends which message, you could put your relationship at risk! Having said that, the bouquet you choose for your wedding day also has a hidden meaning. All you need to do is look at what colour the petals are! To make it easy, here is a list of flower colours and what hidden meaning they keep hidden beneath their petals.
The pale blue hues of a hydrangea or the deep blues of an iris can calm worries and preoccupation representing peace, openness, and serenity, fresh floral arrangements filled with blue flowers offers a cooling antidote to anxiousness.
Think pink and you think of grace, gentility, and happiness. Regardless of the shape of the flower – from the tight, small buds of a pink garden rose to the delicate, open petals of a pink caellia in full bloom – pink blossoms convey youth, innocence, and joy.
With its origins tied to royalty and ceremony, purple petals represent dignity, pride and success. Whether grouped alone in a bold range of rich hues or mixed in with other colours to provide depth and contrast, an arrangement filled with purple blooms represents accomplishment and admiration.
There’s an indisputable energy to the colour red – an energy that has the power to transform an otherwise unassuming flower into the essence of desire, strength, and passionate love. With beauty, courage and heat as its symbolism, it’s no surprise that a bouquet filled with rich, red blooms knows no restraint.
Often associated with innocence, humility, and reverence, white flowers evoke simple beauty. Whether they take their shape as the luxurious, silk petals of fragrant gardenias, the small, white bells of a lily of the valley, or the quiet drama of a dozen white roses, fresh floral arrangement dominated by white blossoms conveys modesty and elegance.
There’s a good reason why it can feel all but impossible to refrain from smiling when you spot a bouquet of bright daffodils or a pot filled with sun-drenched chrysanthemums–the colour yellow evokes feelings of joy and lightheartedness. Also, a symbol of friendship, a bouquet bursting with yellow blooms sends a message of new beginnings and happiness.
Sending a seasonal spring plant is a nice and appropriate gesture to send to a grieving family. It can be enjoyed indoors and when they feel up to it they can plant it in their garden. This hardy plant that will grow in almost any soil that is kept moist and the mophead hydrangeas will continue to bloom for many years. The hydrangea is a gift of thanks in repayment for understanding and is given as a gesture of heartfelt sincerity.
Synonymous with nature–and the perfect complement to any other bloom–the colour green represents health, resilience, good fortune and youth. Whether used to throw together a diverse mixture of shapes and hues or as a restful tone-on-tone bouquet, green flowers send a message of optimism and renewal.
While purple is the colour of royalty, and pink the colour of youth, lavender is femininity all grown up. Representing refinement, grace, and elegance, lavender holds an almost sacred place in nature – with violet flowers often considered the most delicate and precious. An arrangement filled with these genteel blossoms send a message of feminine beauty.
With these hidden messages, you are now able to prepare a bouquet for the one you love by saying all you need to say without actually saying one single word. You are now able to let your flowers do the talking!
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