The Calla Lily

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The Calla Lily……….one of my favorite flowers.  As a child we had one wild Calla Lily grow under the staircase to our backyard.  No one tended it………..it just thrived on each own.  Each spring I would marvel and its beauty and resilience.

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Calla lily is an easy to grow perennial known for its beautiful, funnel like summer bloom.  “The Calla Lilies are in bloom again.” Katherine Hepburn whispered that line in the classic film Stage Door. The calla lily flower bulbs have been special to American gardeners and come in a variety of shades now. The pristine whites are wild flowering bulbs in South Africa, and even the new glamor colors are easy to grow.  They’re all great addition to the garden or in patio pots.

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Calla lilies convey the messages of magnificent beauty, panache, feminine modesty and are a symbol of marriage.  They are popular during Easter and for wedding ceremonies.

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Flowers For Springtime

While most flowers are available year-round from greenhouses, many flowers make a conspicuous appearance at a certain time of the year.  It is always appropriate to celebrate occasions with the seasons blossoms for almost any event.

Spring (March-May) flowers would be:

Anemone

Apple Blossom

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Dahlia

Freesia

Gardenia

Larkspur

Lilac

Peony

Phlox

Poppy

Pussy Willow

Buttercup

Rose

Golden Rod

Sweet Pea

Tulip

Viburnum

We will go over each flower and their meanings!

Flowery Girls Names~Lily

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Looking for a flowery girl name!  If my first suggestion of Rose was not an option my next stop is Lily! In fact Lily Rose is a pretty amazing name in itself!

The name “Lily” is of English origin and it means “Lily Flower”. It’s a name commonly given to girls. In 2012 it was the 5th most common girls name.  My Little Rosebud has a bff named Lily. How appropriate is that! And no wonder they get along so well.

The lily is a symbol of chastity and virtue and often depicted within religion.

What does the name Lily really mean? A name is much more than just a name!

L is for luster, your shine.

I is for impressive, your qualities.

L is for lucky, who is more?

Y is for yearning, your innermost desires.

Other Color Meanings of the Rose

The more I researched the more I found about rose color meanings.  There are a lot of different ideas about what rose colors are meant to signify to the receipient, so I suggest always attaching a little note with the sentiment you are trying to convey to the recipient.
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Red is the creative spirit of love.loverosepetals
True red is the lover’s rose.
Amaranth red: long standing desire
Cardinal red: sublime desire
Carmine: deceitful desire (not true to color)
Fieryred: flames of passion.
Yellow  – In Victorian times the rose meant jealousy. Maybe our thoughts have changed. Today it is given as a sign of friendship, sometimes as a sign of sympathy. It is the rose of familiar love and domestic happiness. The yellow rose of Texas is the only rose for me.yellowrosepetals
White  – Loyalty, penetrating and platonic love. Able to captivate secret  thought, love stronger than death. In England there is a saying about the  white rose referring to the sub rosa, death to him who under my secrecy betrays his oath. In Scotland when the white rose bloomed in autumn it  was seen as a token of early marriage. The rose of confession, the bridal rose, the rose of servitude. Can be otherworldly.whiterosepetals
Pink  – Grace, gentility, elegance and refinement. The rose of sweet thoughts.pinkrosepetals
Purple  – Purple adds enchantment. Can be transcendental. Possible need to proceed cautiously. The priests wear lavender during lent, a time of discretion. Purple can indicate opulence or majesty.purplerosepetals
Orange – A warm color that says, I am proud of you. Perfect to give for school graduations or special awards ceremonies.orangerosepetals
Blue  – Fantasy and impossibility. Hoping for a miracle and new possibilities. Many people have a quest or a fascination for blue roses. I  have a book by Ibn al Awam, which was written in the twelfth century, translated into French by J. J. Clement entitled Le livre de l’agriculture. the book speaks of azure blue roses that were known to the orient. These blue  roses were attained by placing a blue dye into the bark of the roots. This process is explained in the book and has been proven to work by Joret, a very knowledgeable french scientist.bluerosepetals
Black – The color of the crone, the wise lady of death. The promise that  soon you will know something you did not know before. Some see it as a bad omen. Death of fixed thoughts or ideas. Signifies a rejuvenation on the   horizon. May not be understood as a gift. Les fleurs du mal from which beauty springs. Sometimes a beautiful deep red rose will bloom from a blackened bud.blackrosepetals

The Orange Rose

Roses are considered one of the most beautiful and romantic of all flowers.

Typically the orange rose is used to indicate fascination.

It’s great to give orange roses to a lover or someone you really desire as they send a very bold message to show your desire and affection.

Orange colored roses signify passion, desire, enthusiasm and lust!

Just as the red rose means passion and the yellow rose means friendship, orange roses often mean a cross-over between these two emotions. Orange roses are vibrant, cheerful and express fascination when you give them to someone

A bouquet of these flowers have been said to be a bridge, crossing someone from feelings of friendship to ones of emerging love. Like a fire being lit in someone’s soul, these orange rose flowers can imply the heat of passion.

White Rose Ceremony Vows

 THE WHITE ROSE CEREMONY~MY PERSONAL FAVORITE OF ALL THE ROSE CEREMONIES
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The Rose Ceremony is simple yet profoundly moving. The bride and groom exchange one or two roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other. Here is an example of vows said using the white rose.

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Groom (handing his bride a white rose): “Amelia, take this rose as a symbol of my love. It began as a tiny bud and blossomed, just as my love has grown and blossomed for you.”
Bride (placing the rose into a bud vase filled with water): “I take this rose, as a symbol of your love, and place it into water, a symbol of life. For, just as this rose cannot live without water, I cannot live without you.”
Groom: “In remembrance of this day, I will give you a white rose each year on our anniversary, as a reaffirmation of my love and the vows spoken here today.”
Bride: “And I will refill this vase with water each year, ready to receive your gift, in reaffirmation of the new life you have given me and the vows spoken here today.”
Groom (joining hands with bride on vase): “And so, this white rose symbolizes my commitment to you today. I vow to be a faithful husband to you, to comfort you, honor you, respect you, and cherish you all the days of my life.”
Bride: “And I vow to be a faithful wife to you, to comfort you, honor you, respect you, and cherish you all the days of my life.

Simply beautiful!  These words are so simple yet so significant especially if there has been some bumps in the road on your marital journey.  Take the time to recommit.  The rose is always available and accessible to be used as a sign of peace, love and honor during the course of your marriage!

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