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The Meaning of Flowers


This is for the participants in my class today at Bradley University's OLLI program.

January - Carnation

  • General - Fascination
  • Pink – I'll never forget you
  • Red- Admiration (My Heart Breaks)
  • Purple – Capriciousness (fickle)
  • White – Sweet and lovely, innocence, love
  • Yellow – Disdain
  • Solid – Yes
  • Striped – I cannot be with you
  • February – Violet
  • Symbol of modesty & humility
  • Blue – Faithfulness

March - Daffodil

  • Regard
  • Unequaled love
  • The sun is always shining when I'm with you
  • Send armful to valued friend to brighten their day

April – Sweet Pea

  • Goodbye
  • Blissful pleasure
  • Delicate pleasures
  • Thank you for lovely time

May – Lily of the Valley

  • Return to happiness
  • Sweetness
  • Tears of Virgin Mary
  • Humility

June - Rose

  • Emblem of Love!
  • Colors of the Rose
  • Red – Love
  • Pink – Grace, Admiration
  • Peach - Modesty
  • White – Purity, secrecy
  • Burgundy – Unconscious beauty
  • Purple – Enchantment
  • Orange - Fascination
  • Yellow – Infidelity

Arranging the Rose

  • Single stem – Simplicity
  • In full bloom – "I Love You"
  • Bouquet in full bloom – Gratitude
  • Rosebud – Young and beautiful
  • Two roses – Engagement
  • Red and white - Unity

July – Larkspur

  • Lightness
  • Cottage garden flower
  • In many garden paintings

August - Gladiolus

  • Give me a break
  • I'm really sincere
  • Flower of the gladiators

September - Aster

  • Symbol of love
  • Daintiness
  • Patience

October – Calendula (marigold)

  • Cruelty
  • Grief
  • Jealousy

November - Chrysanthemum

  • Truth
  • Red – I love you
  • White – Truth
  • Yellow – Slighted love

December - Narcissus

  • Egotism
  • Stay sweet

Special Occasion Flowers

  • Weddings
  • Lilies – chastity, innocence, purity
  • Rose petals on aisle
  • Twining plants – devotion and attachment
  • Baby's breath – everlasting love
  • Fern – sincerity

Funerals

  • Colors
  • White – purity
  • Red – deep love
  • Blue – peace, heaven
  • Types
  • Forget me not – remembrance
  • Lilies - Life
  • Orchids – beauty
  • gladioli– strong character

Tussie-Mussie

  • Small hand bouquet
  • Old English origin meaning "a knot of flowers"
  • Composition
  • Herb to cover odors
  • Flowers to say ...
  • Leaves to frame
  • Doily and ribbons to tie together
  • Handwritten note

References Used

  • "A Victorian Flower Dictionary" by Mandy Kirkby
  • "Who Named the Daisy, Who Named the Rose" by Mary Durant
  • AboutFlowers.com
  • "The Language of Flowers" from Iowa State University


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