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Language of Flowers: What do they mean?

June 2, 2017

Language of flowers: What do these 6 flowers symbolize?

It is believed that the tradition of giving flowers dates back to the prehistoric times. Since then, it has been a powerful means of communicating human emotions. However, commemorating various special occasions with flowers can go further, expressing specific emotions with different kinds of flowers. What meanings do flowers convey? What can you say with a bouquet? Flipit Singapore has prepared an overview of 6 popular flowers and their meanings, most of which are also included in A Better Florist bouquets.

Lily

Lilies have been popular since 16th century BC, especially in the Ancient Greece. They symbolize purity and beauty, but different colours have different meanings. While a white lily is a symbol of virginity and modesty, yellow stands for gaiety and orange for passion. Furthermore, the Calla lily is considered a royal flower and the Easter lily is associated with Virgin Mary.

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Protea

Belonging to the oldest families of flowers, protea is believed to be named after the son of the Greek god Poseidon, Proteus. Protea symbolizes transformation, as well as courage and resourcefulness. It also stands for diversity, as there are more than 1,400 varieties of this flower.

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Rose

One of the most popular flowers worldwide symbolizes love in various forms. Red rose signifies desire, but also admiration, devotion, and respect. White rose is a symbol of innocence and purity, yellow stands for friendship and does not convey romantic emotions. Pink colour of rose shows joy and gratitude of the giver. A mixed rose bouquet can symbolize a variety of emotions, which the recipient has to decipher.

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Sunflower

If you’re thinking of expressing adoration and dedication to someone, present them with sunflowers. Since they are flowers of the sun, they stand for warmth and longevity, too.

These flowers inspired not only Incas in Central and South America, but also painters of the Impressionist period and their beauty is captured in numerous art pieces.

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Tulip

When giving a tulip, especially a red one, you are essentially declaring your love. Yellow tulips stand for cheerfulness, purple represent royalty and white symbolize forgiveness. Tulip flowers are also very elegant, so a tulip bouquet also conveys grace.

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Daisy

This small white flower with yellow centre represents innocence and purity. Daisies are also another means of expressing/declaring loyal love and they can symbolize a secret, too. Moreover, it is a symbol of new beginnings, that is why daisies are often a part of bouquets for new mothers. Gerbera daisies, on the other hand, stand for cheerfulness.

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This article piece is written by a writer from FlipIt.

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All About Peonies

March 23, 2017
All-About-Peonies

Meaning

Peonies are commonly known to mean romance, a happy marriage, good fortune, riches, compassion, honor and prosperity. That’s a lot of meanings to tie down to one flower, but it’s pretty understandable once we get down to its history and mythology.

The peony is the state flower of Indiana, the traditional floral symbol of China and the 12th wedding anniversary flower.

In China, peonies are highly valued and often referred to as the “king of the flowers”. Up until 1929, they were the national flower prior to being replaced by the plum tree. Peonies were once implanted at the Imperial Palace, during the Sui and Tang dynasties. Due to this, they are known to symbolise honor, wealth and nobility.

Also, did you know that Chinese name for “most beautiful” actually translates into Peony?

 

History & Mythology

It is said that the peony was named after Paeon, a physician to the Greek gods. He was the student of the god of medicine, Aesculapius, who became jealous of his talents and tried to kill him. To save Paeon, Pluto (the god of the Underworld) transformed him into a peony, a flower that people would admire and praise. In another version of events, he was “saved” from mortal death by being turned into the flower we now know as the peony.

In ancient and medieval times, peonies were used for medicinal purposes. Their seeds and roots were believed to have been the cure for over 20 diseases including snake bites and epilepsy. Back in the day, in England, young children used to wear necklaces made out of peony roots to help with teething pains and prevent seizures.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Flower Selection

March 15, 2017
Beginner's Guide to Flower Selection

Gifting flowers is a sweet and classic move towards letting someone know that you care. While buying flowers may be quite cumbersome before, online florists has made the process easy breezy these days. You can buy flowers and have them delivered in a matter of minutes within the comfort of your home.

So you’re thinking about giving flowers to your loved one and you don’t know where to start. Don’t fret, we have the perfect guide to help you throughout this whole process.

Consider the basics

First, you need to deal with the basic details.

Who’s the recipient? The types of flowers you send to your mother or a boss is different from a bouquet for your significant other. Red flowers may be romantic for your romantic partner but wildly inappropriate for a boss. Below is a basic guide on flower meanings to help you out. Of course, if you know the recipient’s favourite blooms, you’re already on the right track. It’s also helpful to find out if the recipient has allergies, so you can avoid certain flower choices. Check out this list of allergy-prone flowers to avoid.

What’s the occasion? Is it for Mother’s Day? Valentine’s Day? Or maybe there’s no special occasion and you just want to express your appreciation. Occasions can dictate not only the type of flowers you send, but also the floral arrangements for your bouquet.

Do you have a budget? Another detail to consider is your budget. If nothing else, this can narrow down your flower selection based on your price range.

Flower customs

Another key factor to consider are the customs of certain cultures. In order to avoid unintentionally offending your recipient, be aware of the basic dos and don’ts especially in a multi-cultural environment such as Singapore.

For example, the Chinese culture associate the lotus flower with wellness and purity. The lotus symbol appears quite a lot in their arts as well as religion. It is also in Chinese tradition to send flowers as gifts for unpleasant occasions. In particular, yellow chrysanthemums and white flowers are considered funereal flowers symbolising death. Alternatively, red flowers are considered auspicious, while poenies and orchids are associated with prosperity and luck, respectively.

Flower meanings

Below are some of the most popular flowers in Singapore along with their meanings:

Roses symbolise love and passion. This makes roses a staple during Valentine’s Day and anniversaries. They figure quite heavily in arts and poetry as metaphors for beauty and desire. While a red rose says “I love you,” white roses evokes loyalty and pure love. Other shades, such as pink, can convey admiration and blossoming love.

Orchids is growing in popularity because they are not only elegant, they’re also fairly low maintenance. They’re symbols for beauty and sophistication. Their exotic appeal articulates a sender’s admiration and romantic inclinations. It also illustrates the sender’s unique and refined taste.

Tulips is another favourite for romantic gestures. They represent perfect love and commitment. This sophisticated flower also exemplify elegance and grace.

Iris can be perfect for any occasion. Generally, they represent hope and devotion. Depending on colour, you can send purple irises for wisdom, yellow for passion, blue for faith and white for purity.

Chrysanthemums are great for friendly affection. This “golden flower” is an allusion to positivity and prosperity. They’re usually given for loved ones who recuperating or a gesture of good will. Red chrysanthemums can indicate love, white can mean truth and yellow can symbolise jealousy.

Sunflowers are symbols of optimism. Its “sunny” aesthetic can lift anyone’s spirit, so you can send these blooms to someone who needs some cheering. Perhaps you’d also want to send them for some joy and inspiration. This is why a sunflower is usually a fail-safe choice for its positive message.

You can always consult your online florist for the meanings behind different flowers for the perfect bouquet.