We all know that red roses are a sign of romantic affection. But did you know that yellow roses signify friendship? In fact, flowers have a myriad of symbolic meanings, casting a whole new light on the proverb "say it with flowers." By learning this "language of flowers," you can customize a special bouquet for almost any occasion.
Roses are the first flower that springs to mind when we think of love, but there are as many nuanced floral messages to send to your sweetie as there are different ways of caring. For example, you might send lilies to signify "You're beautiful" or forget-me-nots for true love. White camellias mean "You're adorable" and daffodils symbolize love that is unequalled and undying. Primrose means, "I can't live without you;" you could even send dandelions, for faithfulness! Of course, if you're trying to discourage an unwanted suitor, you may consider marigolds or striped carnations--both symbols of rejection.
If the sentiments you want to communicate are friendship and platonic affection, consider a bright, cheerful bunch of multicolored zinnias. Or, for a longer-lasting alternative to cut flowers, you could even give your pal a pot of ivy, which symbolizes a strong, long-lasting friendship. Perhaps your friend has helped you through a hard time--hydrangea makes the perfect gift, saying "Thank you for understanding!" Or maybe your friend has sent you a bouquet of yellow roses and you want to reciprocate. Daisies say it best: "I share your sentiments!"
The language of flowers is expansive, and with minimal research you can find the perfect flower for any occasion--for a baby shower, for example, consider white carnations and baby's breath, which stand for innocence and purity. And if you want to say "Bon voyage" to a friend departing on a journey or a move, sweet peas are the way to go.