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Language of flowers: What message do flowers send?
We have numerous occasions throughout the year - from a birthday to a parent's anniversary - to surprise our loved ones with a bouquet of flowers and express deep feelings. But do we always know whether the flower fits the specific festival and what exactly it symbolizes? Hand on heart, in a flower shop you often feel a little confused, because all the flowers there look gorgeous! They captivate us with their colours, flower shapes and aromas. Sometimes we spontaneously choose the bouquet we like best without thinking about the specific language of flowers. It is well known that since time immemorial every flower has been given a meaning. This has changed somewhat over the centuries, but an important message is encoded there. The language of flowers has now established itself as an important means of non-verbal communication. But the big question remains: do we know them? What exactly do we want to express with flowers?
Each flower carries a special message that is to be interpreted according to the language of the flower.
History of the Language of Flowers
There are language situations in which we don't say something directly, but only want to hint at it. In such cases one can “say something through the flower”. Or if you want to state something openly, then you say it "bluntly". Everyone knows these idioms, but they have their roots precisely in the history of the language of flowers.
Historians claim that there was already a floral script in ancient China. Blossoms and plants were copied and a floral script developed from them, which later served as the basis for the language of flowers. Some hieroglyphs in ancient Egypt had the same function. These were a common form of communication of thoughts and feelings for lovers in antiquity. Especially in those cases when you didn't quite dare to express affection or dislike with words, then you showed it with flowers and their symbolic meaning.
Sometimes it's better to let the flowers do the talking!
An important work in the historical development of the language of flowers were the letters from Istanbul, which Lady Mary Wortley Montagu sent to Europe at the beginning of the 18th century. In it she described “communication with flowers” in the Orient. A sophisticated system of meanings was used there to express love, passion, jealousy or little secrets of love. This flower language was called “Selam” and it also became popular in Europe. This was the basis on which an extensive system of signs was developed using flowers. In 1819 the first book on the language of flowers was published in Europe and it was written by Charlotte de Latour. In this work, the author has listed the meaning of different flowers. The language of flowers has thus established itself as an important means of communication. Flowers were used to express feelings, emotions and desires, but without words.
Red roses can say more than a thousand words!
- The alpha and omega of flower language
The narcissus is the most typical Easter flower and symbolizes the coming spring. According to the language of flowers, the daffodils stand for freshness and liveliness. Vanity and selfishness are also encoded in their name, Narcissus.According to the language of flowers, daffodils have an ambiguous meaning.You can make a declaration of love with a bouquet of red tulips.Tulips are one of the favorite flowers of the Germans and are often given as gifts on various occasions. Instead of roses, you can also give a bouquet of tulips to your mother, aunt or grandma, and make a colleague or neighbor happy with them. The rule of the language of flowers applies - the darker the color, the feelings are stronger. Keep this in mind when buying tulips from the flower shop!Love, affection and fascination are expressed by tulips.The colorful hyacinths are a clear symbol of spring renewal.Tender primroses in a small pot give hope in spring. These beautiful spring flowers still represent purity and love.Pink carnations express tender feelings of love.Say "I like you" with a sunflower.The sunflower is reminiscent of our sun, symbolizing its warmth and saturated yellow color. For this reason, people like to give sunflowers to their loved ones or decorate their homes with them. The famous painter Vincent van Gogh immortalized this flower in many of his paintings.Gerbera grows well in a sunny place, its colors are saturated and beautiful.Gladiolus is usually given as a gift to express the sincerity of one's feelings.Lilies are a symbol of purity, innocence and virginity.Lilies gift us with their unique splendor of color and exude a delicious fragrance. These flowers are given on special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries.
The next video shows the beauty of lilies and tells you about their growth, care and importance.Callas express your tender feelings towards the recipient.Now you know the most important thing about the language of flowers. What is your favorite among the flowers described here? Be bold in your choice and use it to express feelings and emotions. You're sure to make the recipient happy, whether with a gorgeous bouquet or a single flower.With an azalea pot you show deep trust in the recipient.The iris represents creativity and irrepressible energy."I'll find you just great!” - express this after the language of flowers with delicate and colorful freesias.