For centuries giving flowers has been a way to communicate emotions. Red roses were believed to be the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and beauty, thus they became symbolic of love and passion. They became popular Valentines day flowers in the 17th century and continue to be the most popular Valentines Day flowers today, but there are other flowers that make great Valentine’s Day gifts as well.
- Valentines’ roses
Unsurprisingly, roses are at the top of the list for lovers. Roses excite the senses with their intoxicating scent, soft, velvety petals, and beauty-I don’t think there is any gift more sensual than a rose CNN reported that an overwhelming 51 percent of people buy red roses for Valentine’s Day. In the language of love, red roses symbolize passionate love, pink symbolize admiration and appreciation, and lavender symbolize enchantment and love at first sight; And of course. red isn’t the only option, either, if you think a different hue would suit your sweetheart. There are actually more than 150 varieties of roses, meaning there’s bound to be an option that would fit your valentine perfectly.
- Valentine’s Carnations
Carnations mean “fascination,” although some sources say they represent pride and beauty as well-either way, they are an excellent choice for new lovers. They make a long lasting, hardy Valentines flower and come in a rainbow of colors naturally, but they can be dyed any color you like. They are very popular in Europe and Asean as Valentines Day flowers. Although carnations have a reputation of being a humble flower, they have a rich history and were in fact used in Greek ceremonial crowns during ancient times-it is believed that the name carnation comes from the word “coronation” from this practice.
- Valentine’s lilies
Whether pink, white, orange or red, lilies are an ideal blossom for an elegant recipient. While you can’t go wrong with any variety, Michael Gaffney, director of the New York School of Flower Design, told Woman’s Day magazine that Casa Blanca lilies are an especially dramatic choice that are sure to please a person with sophisticated tastes. Plus, these Oriental white lilies have a breathtaking fragrance.
- Valentine’s Alstroemeria
Alstroemeria, also known as the Peruvian Lilys, the alstroemeria is also a popular flower on this holiday. These buds are also a fitting selection for a bouquet as they complement other blossoms nicely, particularly pink and red roses and lavender wax flower. Not only do alstroemeria feature delicate, eye-catching petals, but they are also one of the longest-lasting cut flowers. Additionally, they can represent devotion, so they’re a perfect way to express your undying love to that special someone. Additionally, alstroemeria have multiple blooms per stem, so they can really help to fill out a bouquet to make it look more extravagant and voluminous.
- Valentine’s tulips
Perhaps you would like to break with tradition this year and send Valentines flowers other than roses. Tulips mean “perfect lover” in the language flowers – I think they are equally as romantic (almost) as roses. They are also available in the popular Valentine’s Day colors of passionate red and soft pink, as well as other colors. The heart shaped, black stigma in the center of the tulip is said to symbolize a lover’s heart darkened by passion. Tulips also continue to grow in water for a while even after they are cut, or they can be given as bulbs that can be planted in the garden after blooming in the right climate.
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