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Sunday, November 6, 2011

FLOWER SPOTLIGHT: meaning behind the petals

So you're picking out your flowers and don't know where to start. Instead of choosing your blossoms by color, why not choose the stems based on their meaning? If your a sentimental sap like me (and superstitious which I blame completely on my Irish heritage, newly adopted Italian one) this might be the way to approach the wedding bouquet. Here are a few of my fav meanings.....

  • Anemone — forsaken, unfading love, truth, sincerity, anticipation
  • Baby's Breath — everlasting love, pure in love
  • Camellia (white) — you're adorable (this is my 2nd fav meaning)
  • Clover (four leaf) — good luck, be mine
  • Daffodil — regard, respect, unrequited love, you're the only one, the sun is always shining when i'm with you
  • Eucalyptus — protection
  • Fern (maidenhair) — secret bond of love
  • Forget—me—not — true love, memories
  • Gardenia — you're lovely, secret love
  • Honeysuckle (yellow) — bonds of love
  • Lily of the Valley — sweetness, tears of the virgin mary (let's no go there), return to happiness, humility, you've made my life complete
  • Mimosa — sensitivity
  • Mistletoe — kiss me, affection, to surmount difficulties, sacred plant of india
  • Orange Blossom — innocence, eternal love, marriage and fruitfulness, wisdom
  • Pansy (all colours) — thoughts, love and happiness
  • Peony — bashfulness, shame, indignation, happy life, happy marriage
  • Rosemary — remembrance, fidelity
  • Sage — wisdom, long life, domestic virtue (it just has to be excused, what is this 1950? I don't think so)
  • Snowdrop — hope
  • Violet (blue) — watchfulness, faithfulness, i'll always be true, modesty (of course my fav)

What's your favorite flower and meaning? Your flower not on this list, for more, go here 
 I have to be honest, there are a few that I would very much like to rename, I feel like this list is a bit outdated, no? What do you think? I've already started to edit. 

(photography: Lily of the Valley bouquet by Marie Labbancz)