What do Valentine flowers really mean?
Heather Staible, Contributing Writer
Roses, carnations and tulips are usual Valentine’s Day floral fare, but garlic and grass are two of the lesser-known offerings.
During the Victorian era, flowers were used as means to communicate with suitors. Love, kindness and interest were conveyed in a bouquet of flowers, pinned to a woman’s clothing or held as she walked.
Although the red rose will always say ‘I love you’ to the person who receives it, 19 percent of modern-day women tend to buy flowers for themselves.
“Women are in touch with themselves and they will buy themselves flowers, or they will buy flowers for their mothers, sisters and friends,” said Jenny Sparks, director of consumer marketing for the Society of American Florists.
Sparks said that the language of flowers is less important today than it used to be.
“The red rose still signifies love, but today people buy flowers based on a special event or moment. And besides, flowers make people happy.”
TYPE OF FLOWER
Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
Bouquet of Withered Flowers
Fascination, Women Love
I’ll Never Forget You
My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
Carnation (Solid Color)
No, Refusal, Sorry I Can’t Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman’s Good Luck Gift
True Love, Memories
Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
Love, I Love You
I’ll Remember Always
Love at First Sight
Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You’re Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
Rose (White and Red Mixed)
Unity, Flower Emblem of England
Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
Roses (Bouquet of Mature Blooms)
Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
Perfect Lover, Fame, Flower Emblem of Holland
Believe Me, Declaration of Love