Flowers and Their Meanings: A Vintage Custom

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During a conversation the other day, I realized that most people today probably don’t know the meanings of the flowers they give to people. This struck me as really sad. How is anyone supposed to woo and understand someone’s honest intentions without the knowledge of what a beautiful bouquet means? And how is someone supposed to pick out the appropriate bouquet for the one they love if they don’t know what the flowers and colors signify?

Call me old-fashioned, but I adore the idea that bouquets of flowers aren’t just randomly picked up at the corner store on your way to someone’s house. I’d rather like to think that each bouquet is picked out with careful attention to detail in order to match someone’s feelings for you. Doesn’t that seem so much more romantic?

Now, I’ll admit that I’m not a dictionary of flower meanings, but I was raised to know that yellow roses mean friendship while red roses mean passionate love. Wouldn’t it be nice to know next Spring, that when you give someone a bouquet of yellow tulips, you’re showing how hopelessly in love you are with them? Or that you should give someone a bouquet of Hydrangeas to help them persevere? I implore you, let’s bring it back. Let’s learn these wonderfully vintage symbols and use them in our lives.

I’m even happy to help; here’s a pretty complete guide to flower meanings to get you started. (Here are a few more just for fun: Wedding Flowers: Symbolic Meanings, Flower Meanings Revealed to Help Choose Perfect Bouquet and Flower Meanings Can Help You Choose a Perfect Valentine’s Bouquet.) Have a birthday coming up? There are even flowers perfect for every month!

Now get out there and woo yourself a new love! (Or rekindle an old flame!)

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About CoriLu

I am a graphic designer for advertising and marketing, painter, artist and collector of anything vintage. I am also very passionate about travel, historic preservation, and just about anything sparkly.
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