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Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which of course means that it's time to be thinking about what sort of gift you might be interested in getting for your partner. For many, this can be a lengthy thought process, and indeed, the ideal gift is usually personal, and unique to your situation and relationship. However, you also can't go wrong with ordering a nice bouquet of flowers from Marks & Spencer, whether as a main gift or as an additional gesture this Valentine's Day. But, before you simply rush out to order the first batch of roses you see, you may want to consider something else as well: the language of flowers.
You may have heard this term before, as it is sometimes loosely applied to the affection that can be conveyed by giving someone flowers. In reality, however, the "language of flowers" refers to a very real means of coded communication that existed in the Victorian era. During this time, different meanings were assigned to a huge number of different flowers, allowing people to convey words and emotions simply by sending the right floral arrangements. While the "language"is not commonly known today, some of the meanings associated with different flowers have stuck over time, which means you may want to know a few things before you make your Valentine's Day purchase! For example, here is a brief breakdown of the meanings of different colours of roses:
• Red Roses - The most passionate of all roses, red roses convey a deep love and powerful connection.
• Pink Roses - Essentially a "paler"version of red roses, the meaning, too, is less intense. Pink roses convey affection, but to a softer degree.
• White Roses - These roses are said to stand for virtue and chastity, making them good choices if you are giving roses to someone with whom you are not romantically involved.
• Yellow Roses - Yellow simply implies friendship, as well as devotion, meaning that these are also safe Valentine's Day gifts for acquaintances.
These are some of the basic leftover meanings of the Victorian language of flowers, and could help you to set the right tone with your Valentine's Day gift. If you are curious about the meanings of other flowers that you may be considering buying, there is plenty of information online (wikipedia), some of which may be helpful as you prepare for Valentine's Day. You may even be able to impress your partner by knowing exactly what the flowers you are giving actually mean!
Anjie - I was happy to have this guest post on my blog especially as I personally regard Marks & Spencer as a company that stands for quality and reliability. Looking at their website I was impressed to see delivery is free and floral arrangements start from just £20!