The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers

Grace Shu
Oct 23, 2008

We've been on a bit of a wedding bender these past few months, attending everything from a breezy beachfront wedding to charmingly rustic nuptials on a farm in Asheville. And while we may suffer from dance-induced bunions and stumble the morning after from a few too many drinks, we always get inspired by the flowers. Recently, we've been tasked to help a future bride pick out flowers for her bouquet; in the process, we've inadvertently learned about the symbolism behind some of our floral favorites that we've used in our home. Take a look at our running list below the jump...

  • Crocus: cheerfulness
  • Camellia: admiration
  • Carnation: fascination, impulsiveness
  • Chrysanthemum: abundance, wealth
  • Daffodil: chivalry
  • Daisy: innocence
  • Dogwood: duration
  • Orchid: beauty
  • Freesia: innocence
  • Gardenia: secret love
  • Geranium: true friendship
  • Hellebore: calming
  • Iris: faith, wisdom
  • Lilac: first emotions of love
  • Lily: I dare you to love me
  • Pansy: You're in my thoughts
  • Peony: bashful
  • Pink jasmine: I attach myself to you
  • Ranunculus: radiant with charms
  • Snowdrop: hope
  • Sweet pea: delicate pleasures
  • Tulip: declaration of love
  • White jasmine: amiability

[ Photo from Cornell University ]

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