Living with Flowers
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The Language of Flowers

Flowers are possibly the oldest means of expressinglove, affection, gratitude, respect and a host of other emotions and are definitely one of the most thoughtful gifts one can give to another person. The underlying message in a floral gift depends upon which types of flowers arechosen. There is even a term for this - \"florigraphy\". Florigraphy literally means \"the language of flowers\". Take heed when sending flowers as a gift and make certain you’re sending the appropriate \'message\'.


Blue Hyacinth - Undying devotion

Evening Primrose
- A shy type of admiration or devotion

- Jerry Maguire could have just as easily sent Heliotrope to say "You complete me", but it wouldn't have been as dramatic!

White Hyacinth
- I admire you


Bronze Chrysanthemum - If you want to say "Let’s just be friends" then send bronze chrysanthemums. It says you value the friendship, but that's all it will ever be.

Pelargonium–Also known as geraniums, sending some of these bright blooms says “Let’s be friends!”

Pink Rose - Send these to someone you consider a special friend.


Laburnum - If a person sends laburnum, they are telling you they feel neglected.


Goldenrod - If you haven't made a decision, send goldenrod.

White Geranium - White geraniums also signal indecision. For extra emphasis, send a bouquet of both goldenrod and white geraniums.


Pink Geranium - If someone sends pink geraniums, they are expressing doubt.

Scarlet Geranium - Scarlet geraniums symbolize distrust.


Gardenia - I secretly love you.

Morning Glory - They simply state "I love you", and are often sent for the 11th wedding anniversary.

Orange Lily and Tiger Lily - Send these to convey the intensity of passionate love.
Peony - Peonies bashfully say "I love you".

Periwinkle, Purple Lilac and Purple Larkspur - all symbolise first love.

Primrose - Primroses send the message "I need you".

Purple Iris - Purple irises state "I am madly in love with you".

Red Rose - Red roses are the traditional symbol for love.


Ivy - I would like you to be my wife.


Blue Lobelia - Signifies that the sender doesn't love, even like, the recipient.

Daffodil - If you receive or send a bouquet containing daffodils, it sends the message that affections aren't reciprocated.

Snapdragon - Snapdragons are used to send a message of absolute rejection.

White Lobelia - If you are sent a bouquet of white lobelia, the sender doesn't appreciate your attention and wants to be left alone.

White Rose - White roses mean the sender doesn't love the recipient.

Yellow Rose - Yellow roses tell the recipient that the sender loves someone else.


Magnolia - Keep the faith and don't give up.

Remember Me

Forget-Me-Nots - Forget-me-nots are sent to remind a loved one not to forget them while they are apart.

Rosemary - I will never forget you.

- Zinnias signify missing a friend or in remembrance of a friend who is far away.

Now that you know more about the symbolism behind flowers, be sure you send the right message the next time you send a bouquet!