Flowers are one of nature’s wonders. We see flowers in a wide variety of beautiful colours and shapes, both wild and cultivated, and they always brighten up the day. Whether you enjoy flowers in your garden or glorious municipal displays that give towns, cities and villages a welcome touch of colour, you’ll know that they are a joy to have around.
Flower arranging has been an art for a long time. People produce arrangements of cut flowers for a variety of occasions, or you can simply place some together in a vase for a pretty and colourful table of desk adornment. Professional flower arrangers learn what is often a complex task; for example, which species and colours go best together, and what should be used for which occasion?
Symbolism in Flower Arranging
For example, did you know that certain flowers have specific cultural and traditional symbolism attached? The works of the great Bard William Shakespeare are littered with floral symbolism, often referred to as ‘The Language of Flowers’.
The mythology of flowers and meanings has its roots in centuries-old tradition from Asia and Europe, where gifts were often given in floral form – which is where our traditional bouquet originates. What does each flower mean?
We have not enough space to go through them all, but here are a few meanings attached to flowers popularly used in arrangements and displays:
Bluebells – the humble bluebell is associated with kindness, so is often given as a friendship gift.
Rosemary – this herb is presented at funerals often as a symbol of remembrance.
Tulips – these beautiful flowers carry the meaning of passion, which you may have associated with the rose.
That’s just a few, but there are other factors to consider if you want to present flower arrangements with specific meanings.
Colour in Symbolism
It pays to research whether or not a certain colour of a particular flower has a specific meaning. For example, take carnations, a very popular and attractive choice for arrangements and particularly n wedding bouquets. Different coloured carnations hold a different meaning, for example:
Pink Carnation – this signifies that the recipient will never be forgotten, it’s a symbol of endearing love.
Red Carnation – the heart of the giver aches for the receiver.
Yellow Carnation – sending this flower is a kind way of rejecting a proposal of love.
Of course, these are symbolisms from the days before we had instant communication, and from a time a long way removed from ours, but they still hold the same significance to those who remain attached to flowers and flower arranging.
Of course, we all associate the red Rose with St Valentine’s Day and true love, but did you know that a coral coloured Rose is a promise of friendship or could be used to convey sympathy? Indeed the spectrum of rose colours is perhaps the most complex of all when it comes to the Language of Flowers.
It’s an interesting subject, so why not read further and find out just what you are saying when you send someone a bunch of Sweet Pea?