Did you know that flowers have special meanings? It's important to know the general meaning behind each so that your gift does not convey something you didn't mean to say. An example would be giving red roses to an office mate for a birthday. She may give you a very curious look as you've just said “I love you” with flowers!
Luckily the meanings are not strictly adhered to any more. More like a general nod to their meaning.
- Find out her favourite flower. Then write it down!
- When in doubt, get a mixed bunch of flowers. That way there is no direct message.
- If you can't get to a flower shop, try your local supermarket. They sell flowers near the front door
- Cheat idea – go to your local weekend fruit and veg markets to find flowers at half price or below. They usually have a flower stall selling flower bouquets at wholesale prices.
|Flower name||Symbolic meaning|
|red rose||time-honoured way to say “I love you”|
|white rose||gesture of remembrance or reverence, a way to say, “I’m thinking of you.”|
|orange rose||enthusiasm, passion, gratitude|
|yellow rose||traditional symbol of friendship|
|pink rose||often given as a token of admiration and appreciation|
|White carnation||woman's good luck gift|
|pink carnation||I'll never forget you|
|Red carnation||My heart aches for you|
|Lily||You are beautiful; it is also the flower for mothers|
|Tulip||General – perfect lover|
Red – declaration of love
Yellow – Sunny smile
|Iris||Your friendship means so much to me|
|Daisy||Loyal Love – I'll never tell your secrets|