Flowers are beautiful creations in the world and they have helped us make our world appear much more beautiful and lovely; without them, this world would be dull.
Flowers just don’t adorn our homes and environments, there are different things that they represent behind their beautiful nature and structure and they hold so many significant meanings.
Flowers can have been used to express different moods, emotions, and feelings and has also been used for adorning ceremonies and events such as marriages, birthday, naming ceremonies, graduations, and lots more all depending on what you want it to denote.
Flowers have specific languages of their own and each of them has sentiments that they represent and it could either be positive or negative.
In ancient times, flowers have been used to express emotions and feelings and they are secretly used to send messages from one person to the other especially when it relates to matters of love.
In the different aspects of our lives as individuals, flowers hold specific meanings ranging from religious, regional, and floral study; they all have their specific meanings.
The meanings of flowers do vary depending on their type, color, and the number of flowers being arranged together and this can also have a big impact on the language that they foretell or what they symbolize.
The use of flowers mostly depends on the occasion and thoughts that begot what the flower represents and there are different things that they can stand for among people. The language of flowers has been in existence for thousands of years and they still stand to this day.
In this article, we will take you through some flowers and their meanings, symbolism, and languages in accordance with what they represent.
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History of Language of Flowers
The language of flowers has been in existence for thousands of years – dating back to the 17th century when the use of flowers became much more popular.
Flowers have also had great meaning in other parts of the world such as Asia, Africa, and Europe and they have since then been made much more popular in different cultures and traditions.
The language of flower (known as Foliography) became popular during Victorian times when it was quite difficult for people to express their feelings and they used flowers as a way to express how they felt.
The era of Queen Victoria saw the use of flowers for the purpose of communication and they have been used to relay our thoughts and feelings.
The flowers were known to have been added in a material that seems like a small bouquet known as the tussie-mussie or nosegay and they helped in adding beauty to the flowers. To this day, the use of flowers stands very strong and their meaning has been passed over several generations.
What does the Language of Flower entail?
There are so many things that surround the flower language as used by people over the generations. The history that lies behind the importance of flowers, their structure, colors, made the ability to combine with other flowers to speak certain languages to recipients of the flower.
When flowers were used for sending messages during the Victorian time (and it stands till date), the way the recipient of a flower hands it back to the sender has what they mean so we will explore that here.
It is not just about the flower, the way it is used matters as well. They can also be used to ask questions and to reply in a polite and respectful manner. Below are ways to know if your advances were accepted or rejected with the help of flowers.
When flowers are held at the heart level: this gesture stands for congratulation towards the sender. It means that the sender’s advances have been accepted with great joy. This is a way of showing acceptance.
When the flower is held downward: when flowers are pointed downward this can be a sign of rejection or a sign that they are not ready to go through that phase in their life at that point in their lives.
When given flower with the right hand: this can be a way to answer a simple question and this is a way of saying “Yes” to a proposal or heartfelt question.
When given flower with the left hand: this is a way of saying “No” to a question in a simple way.
Languages of Flowers
There are several flowers in the world and each of them has certain meanings and symbolism and they hold awesome representations.
In this section, we will discuss more about the languages of some flowers and we will know what we can use them to represent when used as gifts or for occasions.
Note that flowers can have both negative and positive meanings and the color that they possess also affects their meanings altogether.
Acacia: this can be a symbol of concealed love, chaste love, and beauty of retirement.
Aster: a symbol of love, fidelity, and daintiness.
Begonia: this is a symbol of staying careful.
Anemone: a symbol of being forsaken.
Cactus: a symbol of endurance.
Forget-me-not: this is the symbol of true love and memories.
Camellia: this is a symbol of longing for love, being adorable, and flame in my heart.
Bluebell: this is a symbol of humility.
Bachelor button: this is a symbol of celibacy and single blessedness.
Carnation: it is the symbol of motherly love, fascination, capriciousness, refusal, innocence, pure love, disappointment, rejection, good luck, my heart aches for you, and admiration.
Chrysanthemum: the symbol of true love, slighted love, and truth.
Crocus: the symbol of cheerfulness.
Gardenia: the symbol of appreciation of beauty, and secret love.
Dandelion: the symbol of faithfulness and happiness.
Fern: the symbol of the secret bond of love, fascination, magic, shelter, and shelter.
Daisy: the symbol of secrecy, purity, loyal love, and innocence.
Coreopsis: this is a symbol of carefulness.
Cyclamen: the symbol of resignation and farewell.
Fir: the symbol of time and period.
Forsythia: this is a symbol of anticipation.
Cattail: this is the symbol of peace and prosperity.
Arbutus: this is a symbol of the promise of love.
Amaryllis: this is the symbol of pride and pastoral.
Anemone: the symbol of being forsaken.
Hyacinth: the symbol of loveliness, jealousy, being remorseful, forgiveness, sorrow, constancy, dedication, understanding, frigidity, and heartlessness.
Balm: a symbol of pleasantry and sympathy.
Hydrangea: this is the symbol of gratitude.
Baby’s breath: a symbol of pure heart and innocence.
Azalea: the symbol of temperance, passion, womanhood, and fragility.
Lily: the symbol of hatred, false, beauty, virginity, majesty, purity, conquety, emblem for mother, wealth, pride, charms, etc.
Ivy: the symbol of affection, anxiousness, friendship, fidelity, wedded love.
Magnolia: this is the symbol of nobility, perseverance, and love of nature.
Jonquil: the symbol of love, returned affection, sympathy, desire, sympathy for love returned.
Marigold: the symbol of cruelty, jealousy, and grief.
Narcissus: the symbol of egotism, formality, and sweetness.
Myrtle: the symbol of love and the emblem of a marriage.
Pine: the symbol of home and pity.
Bird of paradise: the symbol of faithfulness.
Palm leaves: the symbol of victory and success.
Primrose: the symbol of inconstancy, and importance.
Kennedia: a symbol of intellectual beauty.
Orchid: the symbol of refinement, love, beauty.
Peony: the symbol of shame, happy marriage, and happy life.
Rose: love, affection, romance, beauty, anxiety, hope, happiness, remembrance, love at first sight, transient impression, death, jealousy, and care.
Poppy: the symbol of wealth, success, consolation, pleasure, oblivion, and imagination.
Spider flower: elope with me.
Violet: the symbol of watchfulness, modesty, faithfulness.
Cress: the symbol of reliability, stability, and power.
Elder: a symbol of zeal.
Daffodil: the symbol of chivalry, respect, unrequited love, regard, and respect.
Garlic: the symbol of courage, strength, ward off evil, and healthiness.
Heather: the symbol of protection, solitude, wishes coming true, admiration, etc.
Iris: the symbol of passion and flame.
Jasmine: the symbol of amiability and sensuality.
Tulip: happiness, beauty, perfect love, flame, emblem of Holland, and declaration of love.
Larkspur: the symbol of levity, lightness, haughtiness, fickleness, and open-heartedness.
Stephanotis: happiness (in marriage) and desire to travel.
Filbert: a symbol of reconciliation.
Zinnia: the symbol of goodness, constancy, daily remembrance, lasting affection, thoughts, absent friend.
Stock: the symbol of promptness, the bond of affection, and always being beautiful.
Oleander: a symbol of caution.
Fuchsia: the symbol of confiding love, and taste.
Pine: the symbol of hope and pity.
Lily of the valley: the symbol of tears of Virgin Mary, happiness, sweetness, and humility.
Lucerne: this is the symbol of life as a whole.
Rosebud: the symbol of love confessions, purity, femininity, beauty, innocence, and love.
The language of love talks about its meanings and symbolism and it is a much broader aspect of flower descriptions. Pay more attention to the flower that you want to use and understand what each of them represents when gifted out.
Flowers can be used for any kind of emotion you just need to look for the perfect flower to serve each purpose; no matter how you feel, there is a flower for you. Send your message right!
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