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Flower meanings & symbolism
Ever wondered the history and meanings behind the flowers you buy? Most of us buys flowers based on what our significant other likes the best, and may not take other factors into account. But in fact, there are lots of other elements to take into consideration when picking your blooms.
Apart from colour and scent, flowers are one of those gifts that come rife with symbolism. A rose is not simply a rose – it carries a powerful message to its recipient that can turn a regular bunch of flowers into a beautiful expression of your relationship.
While many flowers are linked to love and passion, you may be surprised to find out that some of the most popular ones actually symbolise negativity, anger or loss. Scroll down to see what your favourite flower actually stands for.
Hydrangeas have different meanings depending on what colours you go for. Pink hydrangeas symbolise heartfelt emotion. Blue stands for apologies, while white hydrangeas means boasting or bragging.
And purple hydrangeas symbolise the want to deeply understand someone. So whatever the occasion, a bouquet o hydrangeas are always a great choice to bring with you as a gift.
The cornflower also comes in various colours, the most popular being the blue cornflower. These pretty little blooms symbolise good luck, and they are especially linked to wealth and good fortune.
So make sure to include these in your wedding arrangements. Besides, they can be your “something blue”. Read about how to include the cornflower in your recipes here.
Strangely enough, these sweet and very popular blooms represented “anger” to the Victorians. Today, however, peonies are linked to romance, marriage and timidness.
These cute little bell-shaped flowers carry a message that’s just as innocent as the look. They symbolise purity, happiness, luck and humility.
Lily-of-the-valley, also known as “Cornvallaria majalis”, is a very small and delicate flower that looks its best in small bud vases on its own or with some just as delicate foliage.
The meaning of these fluffy flowers varies depending on the hue. Purple lilacs stands for the first emotions of love while magenta lilacs symbolise love and passion. Lilacs also goes by the name “Syringa”.
It is said that when the Spanish explorers reached the Americas, they first thought sunflowers were made of real gold. Obviously, they were wrong. But that’s why the sunflower symbolises “false riches”. To find out more about the pretty sunflower click here.
From their wonderful scent to their gorgeous purple hue, a bouquet of lavender is a message of devotion. They are a versatile flower and can be used dried, in candles or to help you sleep. Read more on how to use lavender in dessert and cocktails here.
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