Top 5 Romantic Flowers For Valentine’s Day
For the most romantic of all holidays on the calendar many people, mainly men would rather, ‘say it with flowers’. The convention of flower giving as a romantic gesture is an on-going social bond dating back to the Ancient Greeks where flowers were offered to the gods. As Valentine’s Day is a fairly ambiguous holiday for present giving and after wading through a torrent of faux sentimental trinkets it seems that flower giving is an area where you can’t go wrong! But what flowers should you get? Do they have different meanings? You don’t want your full proof present idea to back fire, so here’s a list of the most romantic flowers to buy on the 14th of February.
Sunflowers – Helianthus Annuus
A bunch of sunflowers would brighten every room and every mood, so maybe they might be better for an apologetic sentiment but they’re still great for valentines’ day. If you have an arrangement made with other foliage such as baby’s breath the sunflower is a bright happy present. Its beauty and brightness made it the national flower of Russia and its meaning as a gift is loyalty so would also be good for an anniversary.
Carnations – Dianthus Caryophyllus
The Carnation is the official flower of Spain, Monaco and Slovenia, making it a culturally significant bloom in many countries. The name ‘Carnation’ is believed, by some scholars to have come from the word coronation and the flowers were mentioned in Greek literature in the first Century. Traditional meanings of carnations include love and fascination. A delicate flower such as the carnation needs a lot of foliage in an arrangement.
Orchids – Orchidaceae
Orchids also appear in Greek Etymology and there are over 20,000 species of the flower. Its meanings are love, seduction and beauty. There are many different colours to choose from so if you have a certain shade in mind the orchid will usually have something to offer. In terms of arrangements, it may be easier to buy a potted plant when it comes to orchids, they have become an increasingly more popular option when ordering from big flower companies such as Interflora.co.uk and they last for much longer than cut flowers.
Lilies – Lilium
The Lily represents pure beauty and its name is mentioned in Ancient Greek poetry with significance to tenderness. The lily itself is a large and expressive yet very fragile bloom featuring amazing colours and their idiosyncratic bright orange stamens. In an arrangement lilies can be stand alone, their own foliage of large petal shaped waxy leaves and heavy stalks are all the accompaniment they need.
Rose – Rosa
There are over 100 species of rose across the world but the archetypal red rose is the most famous in terms of symbolism and love. Roses are still the most popular flower given on Valentine’s Day. If you want to play it safe, go for the rose and dress with the arrangements with the classic baby’s breath and light foliage. If you do want to go a little more out of the box on the rose front, mix up the rose type and perhaps colour.
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