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Do flowers really talk?
Absolutely! And they have several languages. They make us dream, just by their presence. They are able to be understood through symbols, colours and astrology.

Here are a few stories designed to help you know more about flowers.

Flowers and symbols

Flowers and astrology

Flowers and their colours

Flowers of the month

 

Flowers and symbols
Often we hear the expression: say it with flowers. In Victorian times, people used flowers for their symbolic value as well as beauty. Bouquets were selected as a means of communicating a sentiment. One could send a secret message by sending a fresh bouquet of flowers.

The recipient of the flowers could respond in precise, clear gestures that spoke volumes about intentions. Agreement was communicated by a flower touching the recipient’s lips. Rejection, by letting a petal fall to the ground. Flowers presented with the right hand expressed an exact sentiment while flowers presented with the left conveyed the opposite meaning.

By the same token, a woman who accepted a bouquet of flowers with her right hand was tacitly accepting the sentiment being offered. If she accepted the bouquet with her left hand, she rejected the sentiment.

Whatever the response, she always kept the flowers!

The following lexicon presents popular beliefs surrounding the symbolism of flowers. It will undoubtedly help you when you have a message or sentiment that you want to communicate!

Amaryllis: despair

Buttercup: “you are dazzling”

Campanula Bellflower: gratitude
Carnation (Indian): jealousy
Carnation (Red): capricious love
Carnation (White): disdain
Chrysanthemum (Red): I love you
Chrysanthemum (White): truth
Chrysanthemum (Yellow): faded love
Clematis: intellectual beauty

Daffodil: desire; warm friendship; consideration
Daisy: innocence
Delphinium: pleasure, infidelity
Double Stock Wallflower: affection

Eucalyptus: protection

Forget-Me-Not: true love
Fresia: elegance and kindness

Gladioli: a meeting of lovers; readiness to fight.
In ancient times the number of stems in a bouquet of gladioli specified the hour of a proposed meeting.

Iris: tender love; message for you.

Lavender: tenderness
Lilac: emotion; first love
Lily (White): purity
Lily (Yellow): untruth
Lily of the valley: the return of happiness

Mimosa: security; delicate

Orchid: pure love

Peony: sincerity

Rose (Coral or orange): enthusiasm, carnal desire
Rose (Dark pink): appreciation, gratitude
Rose (Pale pink): admiration, inspiration, sympathy and understanding.
Rose (Red): love, respect, courage
Rose (White): I am worthy of you; secret lover to discover; purity and reverence
Rose (Yellow): jealousy, joy, freedom and love of life

Sunflower: embellishment, arrogance

Tulip: celebrity
Tulip (Red): declaration of love
Tulip (Yellow): impossible love

Flowers and Astrology
Each season throughout the ages and cultures, people of the world have associated a flower for each astrological month.

Aries
March 21-April 19
Parrot Tulip

Taurus
April 20-May 20
Freesia

Gemini
May 21-June 20
Yellow Lilly

Cancer
June 21-July 22
Calla Lily
Leo
July 23-August 22
Bird of Paradise
Virgo
August 23-Sept. 22
Nerine
Libra
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
Uchida Lily
Scorpio
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
Red Anthurium
Sagittarius
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
Blue Iris
Capricorn
Dec. 22-Jan 19
Gerbera

Aquarius
Jan 20-Feb. 19
Alstromeria

Pisces
Feb. 20-March 20
Sonia Rose

Flowers and their colours
White: Purity, Innocence
Blue: Calm, tenderness; delicacy
Red: Love, passion
Yellow: Love betrayed; Joy, Happiness
Green: Hope
Violet: Sorrow
Brown: Distrust

Flowers of the month
January: Carnation
February: Violet
March: Daffodil
April: Sweet Pea
May: Lily of the valley
June: Rose
July: Larkspur
August: Gladioli
September: Aster
October: Marigold
November: Chrysanthemum
December: Narcissus