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Red Roses If I Love You, Yellow If I Don't: The Secret Language of Flowers

by Sherri Allen

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Send your special someone a special message using flowers.

Flowers have had a special significance for centuries. They have long been treasured for their scent and their beauty. Perhaps nobody has esteemed flowers, however, as highly as the people of the Victorian age. For them, flowers were so important they even used them to convey secret messages. Using flowers, gentlemen and ladies became more courageous in expressing their feelings. As the English poet Thomas Hood so eloquently stated, "Sweet flowers alone can say what passion fears revealing."

In floriography, the secret floral language embraced by the people of the Victorian era, specific flowers (and colors of flowers) were assigned special meanings. You can start "speaking" floriography today using the following sampling of flowers and their meanings.

AsterSymbol of Love, Daintiness
AzaleaFirst Love
Camellia (Pink)Longing For You
Camellia (Red)You're a Flame in My Heart
Camellia (White)You're Adorable
Carnation (Pink)I'll Never Forget You
Carnation (Red)My Heart Aches For You
Carnation (Solid Color)Yes
Carnation (Striped)No, Refusal
Carnation (White)Innocence, Pure Love
Carnation (Yellow)You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
Chrysanthemum (Red)I Love You
Chrysanthemum (Yellow)Slighted Love
DaffodilUnequalled Love, You're the Only One
DogwoodLove Undiminished by Adversity
Fern (Maidenhair)Secret Bond of Love
Forget-Me-NotTrue Love, Memories
GardeniaYou're Lovely, Secret Love
IvyWedded Love, Fidelity
Jonquil Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire
LavenderDevoted Love
LotusEstranged Love
MossMaternal Love, Charity
Orange Blossom Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orchid Love, Beauty, Refinement
PeonyBashful Love
Primrose Happy Love
PoppyHopeless Love
Rose (Pink)Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
Rose (Red)Love, I Love You
Rose (Thornless)Love at First Sight
Rose (White)Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You
Rose (Yellow)Decrease of Love, Jealousy
Rosebud (Red)Pure and Lovely
Spider FlowerElope with Me
Tulip (General)Perfect Lover
Tulip (Red)Believe Me, Declaration of Love
Tulip (Variegated)Beautiful Eyes
ZinniaAbsent Love

Revive the romance of times gone by. Give a bouquet of flowers that means something special. Share the secret language of flowers.

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