Known as floriography, the language of flowers was extremely popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. The Victorian Age was a time of etiquette and social customs. Feelings that could not be expressed in words, could be expressed through gifts of flowers.

But the language of flowers originated long before Queen Victoria made it popular. Shakespeare uses a bit of floriography himself in his famous play “Hamlet”. Ophelia, insane after the death of her father, gives out meaningful flowers to her brother and the King and Queen in Act IV, Scene V:

“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies, that’s for thoughts…There’s fennel for you, and columbines: there’s rue for you; and here’s some for me: we may call it herb-grace o’ Sundays: O, you must wear your rue with a difference. There’s a daisy: I would give you some violets, but they withered all when my father died…”


Flowery Baby Girl Names!

The Secret Language of Flowers


Flower names for girls are one of the trendiest categories of baby names today. Since my oldest is expecting her first baby we are spending a lot of time with baby name books.

First came Lily, one of the trendiest girls’ names of the nineties ~ my little Rosebud has a bff named Lily.  Then Daisy began showing up on the choicest babies.  Rose became the middle name du jour.  And flower names for girls, last a craze a hundred years ago, became the most fashionable group around.

I am compiling names for my pregnant daughter.  I’m hoping for a boy since I have soooo many girls but if she does have  girl here, is a rundown of the choicest flowery baby girl names:


Daisy — Charming and simple, Daisy started off as a nickname for Margaret, now more popular than the original.

Iris — Former dowdy old lady name revived when…

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Other Color Meanings of the Rose

The Secret Language of Flowers

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.
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…

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Flowers For Valentines Day



FLORISTS look forward to Valentine’s Day. For the most part, anyway. “We love Valentine’s Day, but we can’t wait until it’s over,” says Rick, a floral designer with D. Wm. Quint florist in Boston. “We know to double our amount of roses, but we can never be prepared enough for last-minute orders.’

Here’s a thought……..Women buying flowers for men on V-Day.  Most often, men receive them in the office and are quite delighted.”

More teen-agers are rising to the occasion, buying flowers for each other and their parents.

Roses are still the No. 1 flower for Valentine’s Day in the United States. Some 24,000 roses were sold per minute on Feb. 14 last year in the US. About 70 million roses will be sold this month, of which 80 percent will be red.

When I  asked women what color they would prefer in roses, most of them surprisingly came up with pastels … peach, mauve, and pink. Which delighted me. I love red roses but lets mixed it up a bit now and then.

Florists may be less busy this year than in recent ones. Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday, rather than a weekday, so people are likely to stay go out of town and might not be picking up the usual bouqets.  But online sales to out of town relatives should stay the same.

t’s a romantic day, and all kinds of flowers mean different things to different people, a bowl of gardenias, for example would be smashing.. Violets are still popular, too, as they were 25 years ago when a single rose would be placed in the middle of a violet bouquet, he says.

Making sure the flowers are ready for the holiday falls to the growers, whose preparations may begin the year before. Growers have been working extra hard for weeks. You’ve got to quadruple production for a one-week period. So, lets get out there and support out local growers!

My top choices for your sweetheart are  roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums, as well as trendier flowers such as lilies, gerbera daisies, and freesia.


But if you’re looking for something different,how about a dozen red tulips?  Mixed bouquets are also popular, especially as people become more knowledgeable about flowers – another trend.



But nothing beats a dozen red roses

To preserve that glow, you might try this formula for cut-flower bouquets suggested by Doc and Katy Abraham, nationally known horticulturists:

To one quart of water, add 1 tablespoon cane sugar, teaspoon household bleach, and 2 tablespoons citric acid (lime or lemon juice – preferably fresh). Strip off any leaves that will be submerged, and cut off the bottom half inch or so of the stems before putting them in water.


Flowers can symbolize nearly anything. From true love to……

Flowers can symbolize nearly anything. From true love to royalty to “can’t we just be friends?” flowers have been mankind’s way of saying what sometimes just can’t -or shouldn’t- be said. In addition to each flower having potentially dozens of meanings specific to the flower type, there can also be dozens of meanings due to each individual color. Therefore, a single flower can have hundreds of different meanings. Meanings of the flower can also vary by region, size or even due to historical beliefs. This post will help you understand the many different color meanings of flowers.

What Do Red Flowers Mean?

  Red flowers, like all flowers, have dozens of different meanings. They can mean love and desire, confidence, courage, beauty, vitality and strength. They can also mean courage and passion.

  Popular red flowers include roses, carnations, morning glories, day lilies, hibiscus, peonies, mums, geraniums, poppies, tulips, and azaleas.

What Do Orange Flowers Mean?

  Orange flowers are often used as a symbol of warmth, enthusiasm, endurance, confidence, energy, vitality and satisfaction. They are also a common symbol of passion for all things life.

  Popular orange flowers include Gerbera daisies, pansies, day lilies, tulips, butterfly weeds, Chinese lanterns, poppies, lilies, impatiens, roses, chrysanthemums and Mexican sunflowers.

What Do Yellow Flowers Mean?

  Yellow is most well-known as a symbol of friendship. However, yellow flowers can also represent joy, new beginnings, intellectual energy, happiness and lightheartedness.

  Popular yellow flowers include daffodils, witch hazel, roses, marigolds, irises, day lilies, black-eyed susan, sunflowers, golden rods and azaleas.

What Do Green Flowers Mean?

  It is no surprise that green flowers are a symbol of life, new beginnings, springtime, nature and youth. They can also represent health or resilience against illness as well as good fortune, fertility, well being, renewal and optimism.

  Popular green flowers** include chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, hydrangea, cymbidium orchids and spider chrysanthemums. (**Author’s Note: Some of these flowers are actually dyed green at local florists).

What Do Blue Flowers Mean?

  Blue is the universal color of peace, so it is no surprise that blue flowers calm worries and represent peace. Blue flowers can also represent an open mind, youth, an overall feeling of peacefulness, truth and serenity.

  Popular blue flowers include morning glories, lupines, salvias, balloon flowers, poppies, grape hyacinths, cornflower, and ageratum.

What Do Lavender Flowers Mean?

  Though technically a shade of purple, lavender is in a league all it’s own. Lavender flowers are a representation of adult or grown-up femininity. They are a symbol of grace, elegance, refinement, preciousness and delicateness.

  Popular lavender flowers include English lavender, lavenders, irises, calla lilies, bell flowers, roses, and hyacinths.

What Do Purple Flowers Mean?

  Purple is another color that is well-known as a symbol of royalty. Purple flowers can also represent dignity, mystery, success, magic and pride. Overall, this color represents admiration and accomplishment.

  Popular purple flowers include irises, alliums, salvias, petunias, columbines, violets, hydrangeas, roses, lilies, orchids, magnolias, pansies, poppies and geraniums.

What Do Pink Flowers Mean?

  Happiness, grace, and gentility are all associated with pink flowers. Pink flowers can also represent love, joy, beauty, youth and innocence.

  Popular pink flowers include roses, petunias, foxgloves, begonias, primroses, hyacinths, cherry blossoms, cosmos, geraniums, and bleeding hearts.

What Do White Flowers Mean?

  As with many other colors, white has a variety of meanings. White flowers are most famous as a symbol of innocence and purity. However, white flowers can also represent simple beauty, elegance, modesty and even cleanliness.

  Popular white flowers include roses, calla lilies, geraniums, magnolias, daffodils, Queen Anne’s Lace, baby’s breath, petunias, begonias, hyacinths, poppies, pansies, daisies, and orchids.

Bridal Party Ideas


Not sure who gets flowers…’s a simple list.

The maidof honor usually receives a bouquet not a corsage. All members of the wedding party and parents should receive flowers.

The purchase of wedding flowers is the responsibility of both the bride and groom. The groom is traditionally responsible for the bride’s bouquet, corsages for the mothers and grandmothers and all boutonnieres for the men in the wedding party and special family members.

General guidelines for who should receive wedding flowers:

1. Bouquet: Bride – bridal bouquet plus a toss bouquet.

2. Bouquets smaller: maid of honor and bridesmaids

3. Corsages: mothers and grandmothers, bride’s going away corsage.

4. Flower Girl: flower basket and flower halo

5. Boutonnieres for groom, best man, groomsmen, ushers, ring bearer, fathers and grandfathers

6. Optional corsage or boutonnieres: readers, officiant, godparents, other close family members not in the wedding party.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets are smaller than that bride’s bouquet. The maid of honor’s bouquet can be slightly larger than the other bridesmaids.

Popular flowers for boutonnieres are a single rose or carnation.

The corsages for mothers and grandmothers do not have to be identical. The corsage color should complement the color of their dresses. Also, ask them if they prefer a pinned corsage or wrist corsage. There are many flower choices for a corsage such as roses, orchids, camellias, mini-carnations, or gardenias. Consult with your florist for options and prices