Flower Meanings

This unusually warm weather has gotten me interested flowers again, which I am enamored with during the summertime. Although we don’t have a proper garden, we do put up hanging flower baskets that serve as focal points in our otherwise color-challanged backyard. But even as these buds were long dead, I had flowers on my mind, and decided to wear a aqua top with pink and yellow flowers and khaki shorts that I wasn’t even cold in when I went outside! Then I looked up flower meanings, a practice popular in the Victorian days between gentry. Each flower has a specific meaning, and when people sent bouquet they would have a specific well wish in mind. Here is a list of the bloom definitions:

Alstroemeria aspiring
Amaryllis dramatic
Anemone fragile
Apple Blossom promise
Aster contentment
Azalea abundance
Baby’s Breath festivity
Bachelor Button anticipation
Begonia deep thoughts
Black-Eyed Susan encouragement
Camellia graciousness
pink gratitude
red flashy
striped refusal
white remembrance
yellow cheerful
bronze excitement
white truth
red sharing
yellow secret admirer
Cosmos peaceful
Crocus foresight
Daffodil chivalry
Delphinium boldness
Daisy innocence
Freesia spirited
Forget-Me-Not remember me forever
Gardenia joy
Geranium comfort
Ginger proud
Gladiolus strength of character
Heather solitude
Hibiscus delicate beauty
Holly domestic happiness
Hyacinth sincerity
Hydrangea perseverance
Iris inspiration
Ivy fidelity
Jasmine grace and elegance
Larkspur beautiful spirit
Lavender distrust
Lilac first love
Calla regal
Casablanca celebration
Day enthusiasm
Stargazer ambition
Lisianthus calming
Magnolia dignity
Marigold desire for riches
Nasturtium patriotism
Orange Blossom fertility
Orchid delicate beauty
Pansy loving thoughts
Passion flower passion
Peony healing
Poppy consolation
Queen Anne’s Lace delicate femininity
Ranunculus radiant
Rhododendron beware
pink friendship
red passionate love
red & white unity
white purity
yellow zealous
Snapdragon presumptuous
Star of Bethlehem hope
Stephanotis good luck
Statice success
Sunflower adoration
Sweetpea shyness
Tuberose pleasure
pink caring
purple royalty
red declaration of love
white forgiveness
yellow hopelessly in love
Violet faithfulness
Wisteria steadfast
Yarrow good health
Zinnia thoughts of friends

Obviously I wondered what azaleas could mean for me; abundance. Abundance of posts or words? I know I have an abundance of imagination. This list made me wonder who had thought this concept up in the first place. A scientist who knew all of the uses and lethality of flowers and then transferred them into qualities? Or someone with a lot of imagination who based their impressions of the look of the blooms? Does your favorite flower relate to your personality? Tell me in comments! On a different track, my New Year’s resolution is to try new things. Hopefully that will result in interesting posts when I try new ways to blog or try new things that I then blog about. What is your resolution? With abundant happiness, Marjorie


2 responses

  1. Playful Meanderings | Reply

    What a wonder — to think of new life now when life is brimming under the surface out of our everyday sight. Thank you for your post today!

  2. I particularly like roses, and the rose flower is edible and can be used as a garnish or in salads.

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