The Language of Flowers

When we were kids, our first flowers to our mother, grandmother, aunt or sister – were handmade. We created flowers that the kindergarten teachers or our nanny taught us. Growing up, we gradually learned that different flowers have their symbolic meaning. Flowers know all the richness of human feelings, and with the help of their romantic language, you can convey this to another person, without words or by strengthening your words.

A wonderful and mysterious science revealing the meanings of various flowers and plants, – is floriography.

Mysterious and enchanting floriography

The language of flowers emerged in the East, to be exact – in Turkey. Floriography was brought to Europe about the middle of the 18th century by European travelers. These were the times of the Victorian era in Europe when no one spoke sincerely about the feelings, and flowers helped to convey them with signs. The idea of a flower cipher has become extremely popular among the educated population of Europe. In 1810, French publishers even started to publish flower language dictionaries.

The flower language has changed over time, adapting to the conditions in which it was used. Besides the years, each land has its local favorite flowers. Different countries and regions have diverse preferences in bouquets.

For instance, in Europe and America, the most common bouquet is a composition of 12 flowers (or generally more than 10), in Japan you can get a compliment of 2 flowers. But 4 units are the symbol of death and sorrow. And in the countries of the post-Soviet space, if you give an even number of flowers in a bouquet, then you may surprise and upset the recipient. Among the Slavs, since ancient times, even numbers meant finishing of the life cycle and death.

Flower language dictionary

The flower language dictionary consists of the next parts: the number of flowers, the form of their presentation, the colors of the bouquet, and of course the individual meaning of each type of flower.

Particularly, the choice of color is very eloquent.

White flowers symbolize purity and innocence, love without hidden greed or lies.

Red is the brightest symbol of passionate love and fidelity, the desire for sexual intimacy and full possession of a person.

Pink flowers, generally, mean deep feelings, romance, there are also national differences in meanings. They indicate respect and politeness in Russia, prosperity – in America, virgin purity – in India.

Yellow symbolizes friendliness, joy, and a kind attitude towards a person. This is the color of sun, spring warmth, and happiness.

The main meaning of blue flowers is a mystery and emphasizing the originality of the person to whom they are presented.

Lilac, as a combination of red and blue, is considered to be a symbol of affection, since it is the color that reconciles and binds opposites. In addition, it is a symbol of wealth, luxury, and greatness.

The meaning of popular flowers

Carnation bouquet means pure first love, loyalty, charm. It’s also a symbol of honor and courage, victory and freedom.

Chrysanthemum tells about truth, rest, fun, love, and serious relationships. Although in Italy, Belgium, Austria, France it symbolizes sorrow and loss.

Gerbera – innocence, modesty, purity, appreciation, and gratitude, as well as a symbol of joy.

Hydrangea – modesty, sincerity, hope.

Lilies usually mean pureness, majesty, nobility.

Sunflower – pride and admiration.

Tulip is a symbol of pure love, great happiness, glory, pride, harmony.

So, the flowers’ language is incredibly rich and helps people to beautify their lives with emotions and signs.

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