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I’m a big sucker for finding out the meaning behind things (hence the birthstone project), and the same goes for flowers. Whether we realize it or not, we all are aware on some level of their significance. For example, a guy would never give a female friend or their sister red roses because they resemble love. Yellow roses on the other hand, which signify friendship, are a perfect fit.
Let’s look a little deeper into the meaning behind flowers – the perfect ones to give for the perfect occasion.
Tulips are the 11th wedding anniversary flower, and symbolize fame and perfect love. Each colour of tulip carries its own symbolism:
Red tulips, much like roses symbolize true love.
Pink tulips mean affection and caring.
Cream colour tulips mean “I will love you forever”.
Yellow signify cheerful thoughts.
Orange tulips symbolize enthusiasm, but also energy, desire and passion.
White tulips signify forgiveness.
Purple means royalty.
Variegated tulips (multicoloured/patterned) mean “you have beautiful eyes”.
Orchids are the 14th anniversary flower and represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility, and it was believed that if the father ate new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy while if the mother ate them it would be a girl.
Lilies are the 30th anniversary flower and symbolize purity and refined beauty. Much like tulips, their meaning is based on the colour and type.
White lilies symbolize modesty and virginity.
Orange lilies signify passion.
Yellow lilies are a symbol of happiness.
Lily of the valley symbolizes sweetness and purity of heart.
The Easter lily is the symbol of Virgin Mary.
Peruvian lilies (alstroemeria) represent friendship and devotion.
Daisies traditionally represent innocence, purity, friendship and classic beauty. Gerbera daisies specifically are also associated with cheerfulness because of their bright colours. They are the fifth wedding anniversary flower.
Because they comprise many different types of flowers, wildflower arrangements carry the meaning of each different flower within the bouquet, so I don’t really have an answer for you there. But I just couldn’t resist the chance to show you this stunning bouquet of Australian wildflowers. I have no idea what these flowers are, but it makes me want to run out to the outback with a pair of shears and a good sunhat, picking flowers all day under the Australian sun. If you’re in Australia, will you please pick up a bouquet and take endless photos of it for me?