“Love is a flower that is made to bloom by two gardeners.” - Anonymous
There is no lovelier way to express your love for someone close to your heart than with flowers. The gentle unfurling of a flower’s petals as it blooms is a graceful metaphor long-favored by poets to describe blossoming love. Poetry, literature and film frequently use flower symbolism to express human emotions. Assigning specific meanings to different flowers is an ancient practice. The Japanese called this “language of flowers” Hanakotoba. The Victorian’s called it floriography. To this day, many flowers are infused with symbolism and carry special meanings that allow sender and recipient to share a secret message.
On Valentine’s Day, the special meanings of flowers take on additional significance as we struggle to express our deepest feelings for those we love. If you want to send a secret message to your Valentine, use the guide below to unlock the secret meanings of flowers:
Calla lily (Zantedeschia). A symbol of magnificent beauty, calla lilies symbolize purity and innocence.
Chrysanthemum. The long-blooming chrysanthemum symbolizes fidelity and long life. Use red chrysanthemums to convey love; white flowers to portray loyalty and truth.
Daffodil (Narcissus). Blooming in the spring when the garden is reborn, daffodils symbolize new beginnings and eternal life.
Iris. The elegant iris is a symbol of wisdom. A blue iris evokes faith and hope; a yellow flower kindles passion.
Orchid. Exotic orchid blossoms portray graceful femininity and mature charm.
Rose. The most popular Valentine’s Day flower, roses are the traditional symbol of love.
Stock. Happy life and lasting beauty accompany this flower. Stock is also used to indicate the bonds of affection.
Tulip. Declare your love with the gift of tulips.