What Flowers really mean

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Valentines Day

flower meanings by colorValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and delivery trucks will soon be buzzing around the country, carrying mostly deliveries of Valentine’s Day flowers to dorms, offices, and homes. Red roses are practically synonymous with Valentine’s Day, but if you want to send a special message to your special someone this year, red might not be the color you’re looking for.

What do you want your Valentine’s Day flowers to say to your sweetie? Here’s a helpful guide to flower meanings by color. Not all these colors happen in nature, but florists pull out all the stops for Valentine’s Day. If there’s a color you want, they can make it happen — and there’s a flower for every message you want to send.

flower color meanings red rosesRed – On Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with red. Everything is red on Valentine’s Day. But before you send red roses to your mother, consider that red flowers symbolize romantic love. Not just that — red roses are about passion, desire, and even eroticism. Want to have a fiery Valentine’s Day? Send red flowers.

Dark Red – A deeper red flower symbolizes a deeper kind of love. These are the flowers you send to your wife of 20 years. Dark red flowers convey a message of strong true love. They also symbolize beauty and perfection — and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to tell someone they are beautiful and perfect.

Black – Who would send black flowers on Valentine’s Day? This color typically signifies a loss or a goodbye, so gift guides often tell you to save black flowers for breakups — but who sends flowers to someone they’re dumping?! Black flowers don’t have to mean good riddance — they also symbolize elegance, power, and mystery. Does your darling have a dark side? Maybe he or she would appreciate a unique bouquet of black flowers on what they might otherwise feel is an over-the-top, sickeningly sweet holiday. With black flowers, you’re telling the recipient that you appreciate their unique personality.

flower color meanings white orchidsWhite – The first association with anything white — dresses, flowers, diamonds, snow — is purity. In flowers, white also symbolizes family, so they’re a good color to send a family member or close friend. Combine them with red and you’ve got a bouquet symbolizing a loving bond. This Valentine’s Day, is marriage on your mind?

Yellow – Yellow is the color of friendship, so these are not the flowers to send to your boyfriend or girlfriend. A yellow flower symbolizes joy and happiness, so you might send these to a good friend as a “thinking of you” gift, or you could send them as congratulations — chances are, you know someone who got engaged this Valentine’s Day. When you combine yellow roses with red roses, you’re celebrating the beginning of a new relationship. This could be how you start to say “I’m falling in love with you.”
Green – You know what they say about green m&m’s, don’t you? It fits, then, that green flowers are the color of fertility. Whether you want to start trying to expand your family, or you’ve been waiting to share big news with someone, green flowers are a good icebreaker.
flower color meanings pink bouquetPink – Girls, don’t send pink flowers to your boyfriend — this is just emasculating. But pink is a great color to send a lady! Pink flowers signify femininity, sweetness, and charm. A pink flower says “You’re a doll!” Put pink and white roses together and the bouquet will scream “wedding!” even though neither color on its own is traditionally a romantic flower.

Peach – Soft oranges and pinks are warm colors, so peach flowers say to someone “I’m so comfortable with you.” They signify appreciation, and sometimes gratitude. It’s a way of telling someone their kindness does not go unnoticed.

Orange – This strong color symbolizes fascination, and maybe a hint of mischief. Orange roses are the perfect gift from a secret admirer, but be prepared to reveal yourself soon. Having a secret admirer is fun for a while, but then it drives a person crazy! Maybe your orange flowers could be the start of a new relationship..
flower color meaning purple bouquetLavender – Purple is the color of nobility, so when you send your lover purple flowers, you are showing them that you put them on a pedestal. This unique color is also a symbol of trust — always an important component of any loving relationship.
Blue – Blue flowers are all about peace. We all want passion in a relationship, but calm is important, too. Blue skies, blue ocean, blue flowers — they all mean tranquility. Blue flowers can tell someone you trust them, you love them, and you want to be like this forever. Not necessarily a color associated with romance, but a romantic message indeed.

So what message do you want to send this Valentine’s Day? Now you should be able to arrange the perfect bouquet, no matter what you want to say.

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