The Language of Flowers
Flowers have long been part of human culture. We’ve used their blooms to beautify our homes and outdoors; captured their essence in perfumes; and showcased them in special events, romance and rituals. But are you aware they evoke long-term emotions? Flowers nurture our happiness and in turn, we cultivate them in our gardens and help nurture their growth. Research shows that there are significant benefits derived from flowers and ornamental plants, including decreased anxiety, improved life satisfaction and overall well-being.
Through the ages the language and meaning of flowers have adapted to countless cultures. Here are a few translations for today:
- Amaryllis: Pride, splendid beauty, determination
- Bird of Paradise: Freedom, joyfulness, faithfulness
- Camellia: Admiration, gratitude, perfection
- Daffodil: New beginnings
- Daylily: Forgetting worries
- Gladiolus: Strength of character, moral integrity, love at first sight
- Larkspur/Delphinium: Beautiful spirit, open heart, big-hearted
- Peony: Happy marriage, good fortune, compassion
- Rose: As a group they symbolize love and passion, but each color has a meaning. Red is enduring passion; White is innocence and purity; Yellow is for friendship and joy; Pink is for gratitude and Orange is for appreciation and desire.
- Sunflower: Adoration, longevity, happiness
Perhaps the next time you purchase a bouquet of flowers or admire an elegant arrangement, you’ll recall the meaning of the stems.