I got fascinated with an article on flowers and their meanings, and want to share some of it with you. Flowers have been interpreted by many civilizations, going back to the ancient Mayans. Chinese, Japanese, ancient Celts, Egyptians and Greeks have all given meaning to different flowers. One thing all of them stress is that flowers are a symbol of generosity and love when given away. Flowers meanings were a big deal in Victorian times, with lovers carefully picking the flowers in a corsage or bouquet. Here's some individual meanings, abridged from the original column.
Amaryllis -- Symbol of success won after a struggle. Also given to encourage a creative streak.
Apple Blossom -- We all know this one, a symbol of heady love. Fertility and sensuality. The ancient Celts would decorate their bedchambers with apple blossoms to encourage amourous love. Now there's an idea for somebody to base a story on!
Camellia --This flower depicts desire, passion, and refinement. It's a symbol of perfection and excellence.
Daffodil -- Faith, honesty, truth, and forgiveness. Given as a token of forgiveness or appreciation of honesty.
Dahlia -- Their meaning ranges from being a sign of warning, to change, to travel, or a portent of betrayal. Should be given with other flowers in a bouquet to temper their meaning.
Lily -- The flower of the spiritually advanced. Given to mothers to symbolize fertility and nurturing. A symbol of long-lasting relationships.
Pansy -- We all know this one too, a symbol of remembrance.
Rose -- The color of the rose determines its meaning, so that gets complicated. In general, roses mean deep love, concentration, intelligence, balance and passion. A complex flower, too much to go into here.
Sunflower -- Moving their heads to meet the sun makes them the flower of spiritual attainment, flexibility, and opportunity. Also symbolic of good luck, wealth and ambition. An excellent housewarming gift.
Tulips -- Tulips also seek the sun and sway to get the best light. Thought to represent opportunity, adjustment, and aspiration. Since they return every year, they also symbolize resurrection and determination.
I'm indebted to a column written by Avia for this interesting information, and wish to thank her. This is abridged but I didn't want to lose you all in too many details. Her website is Whats-Your-Sign.Com if you want to read the whole article.
So decide what you want to express and make up your own bouquet. I think we all could enjoy an Amaryllis!
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