It may seem untimely, what with the weather cooling down and spring all the way on the other side of the year, but I can’t stop thinking about flowers. Maybe it’s because they’re all dying in my garden that I feel the need to spring (haha!) for a bouquet every time I pop into the grocery store for basil or loaf of bread.
All this preoccupation with flowers — considering their scents and colors — got me thinking about their meanings and how little I know about what various flowers “say.” A simple search yielded lots of results.
Fact Monster has a list of flowers and their various meanings. For example, zinnia’s are for absent friends. Orange blossoms celebrate generosity. For the performer friend or lover, tulips are said to indicate or invite fame.
AboutFlowers.com also offers a similar page, where you can learn, for example, that pink carnations signify gratitude and peonies are healing.
DidYouKnow.com also gives some information on the meaning of flowers. Here we learn that chrysanthemums say “You are a wonderful friend.” Hydrangeas mean “Thank you for understanding.”
While some of these sites offer slightly contradictory information on certain flowers, it’s an interesting exercise, I think, to consider flowers as messages as well as adornments.
Have something specific or special to say to a certain someone? Say it with a flower.