The meaning behind flowers, and why I didn’t go down the traditional red rose route for my Valentine’s day bouquet

For those of you who have followed me on Instagram and via my blogs, you will have gathered that I have a thing for flowers, both in my garden and my home. My garden is taking a bit of a back seat this week as I focus on everything to do with Valentine’s day – one of the things COVID cannot touch nor cancel is LOVE.

Gorgeous NOT RED ROSES! Basket on right from

This year I wanted to use my Valentine’s bouquet to not only spread a little bit of love between us and our partners but also to extend this wonderful gesture of giving; giving to your sibling, best friend, teacher or a nurse who has been on a conveyer belt of administering vaccines. It’s a wonderful way of letting people know you are thinking of them, that you love them and that you are grateful for everything they do.

Actual swoonworthy blooms!

Giving flowers has this wonderful ability to communicate the deepest feelings in the most elegant manner. It’s been said that no tradition is as effective in communicating emotions as gifting flowers. When thinking about my Valentine’s bouquet and wanting to open it up for a greater audience I went back to my books to revisit the meaning of flowers. I must admit I did lose myself going back through them all. Did you know, for example, that white tulips are the best choice if you want to say “I’m sorry”? This is both fascinating and a little concerning as I had white tulips at my wedding!!!

This is one of the reasons I went down a  less traditional route of not including red roses in my bouquet. Instead, I went for a soft pink. Not only do I love it and how it works with all of the other deep reds but I also love that it symbolises gratitude, suddenly opening this little bouquet up to everyone you want to say “thank you” or “I love you” too. 

Some of my favourites

I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favourites. I found it absolutely fascinating and I think it’s made me love flowers just a little bit more – if that’s possible.

  • Red roses and tulips – love and romance – perfect for date night or anniversary.
  • Red lilies are said to mean love and passion– if you don’t want to give roses, choose lilies instead!
  • Pink roses and yellow lilies – represent gratitude.
  • Yellow roses symbolise friendship – perfect for a surprise bouquet for a friend.
  • White roses represent innocence and purity – this is why they were once a very popular choice for bridal roses.
  •  White lilies are believed to symbolise rebirth and purity – this is why they’re usually featured in funeral flowers but are also popular for weddings.
  •  Pink lilies represent femininity and adoration – perfect for gifting to a close friend or loved one.
  •  Orange lilies are representations of confidence – give these to someone to give them a boost.\
  • Yellow tulips  are thought to symbolise happiness.
  •  Pink tulips are thought to represent caring and good wishes.
  •   White tulips are best reserved if you need to apologise – a bunch of these is a simple way of saying sorry.
  •  Red dahlias are symbols of power and strength – a great choice for someone you know who needs a confidence boost.
  •  White dahlias represent purity and innocence but are also said to help with focus.
  • Pink dahlias are always pretty and are considered to represent femininity and kindness.

Fascinating, and definite proof that flowers speak a whole new language.

Oh dear Millie! She looks like she needs some yellow tulips to cheer her up!

And finally

The main thing I always recommend to anyone when selecting flowers is to go with your heart. If you know what brings that person joy in terms of their favourite flower or colour, go with that – there’s a definite guarantee of a smile.

With love and stay safe, Flowers and Lifestyle by Margot –

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