Roses are a Cliché, Violets are Blue, Orchids say 'I Love You'


Ambius looks at the meaning of flowers for a special Valentine’s message

Ambius looks at the meaning of flowers for a special Valentine’s message

What does your Valentine’s Day bouquet say to your loved one? Sending a dozen red roses is a cliché and can be an expensive one, at that. For a thoughtful Valentine’s gift, Ambius, the flower and planting specialist for the workplace suggests picking Valentine’s flowers based on their meaning. Roses may be the traditional symbol of love, but orchids and violets offer a more unusual way to say those three little words. Ambius offers budding romantics a guide to saying it with flowers.

Daffs from a Distant Admirer
Daffodils are the symbol of ‘unrequited love’, so this could be an appropriate gift for someone you admire from afar.

Narcissus - It’s All About Them
Narcissus – another spring flower, but this one has a very different meaning. This is the symbol of ‘ego’, so this bouquet could be apt for someone who’s a bit too ‘me, me, me’.

Ferns for a Liaison of Love
For those secret love affairs choose Ferns, as the symbol of ‘secret love’ and pair them with Scarlet Fuschias, for ‘confiding love’.

Choose Blue and Stay True
Violets and Bird of Paradise are the symbols of ‘faithfulness’ and could be combined with Lavender for ‘loyalty’ and ‘devotion’. If you’re going to be far away from that special someone this Valentine’s Day, send them Forget-me-not for ‘true love’ and ‘remembrance’.

An Orchid says ‘I love you’
Roses have become the traditional Valentine’s flower, but Orchids also symbolise ‘love’ and ‘beauty’. Red Tulips are considered a ‘declaration of love’ and cost a lot less than red roses.

A Primrose for first love
For young lovers, Primroses are the symbol of ‘first love’, whilst the Hyacinth is perfect for those couples who like having fun together, as it’s the symbol of ‘playful love’.

Break-ups and Make-ups
If you’ve had a lover’s tiff, then slip an Olive branch into your bouquet, as the symbol of ‘peace’. You could also try buttering them up with some Peonies, the flower for ‘beauty’ and don’t forget some Ivy for ‘fidelity’.

“It’s easy to just order a bunch of red roses, and while roses are beautiful, it doesn’t show a great deal of imagination,” says Trisha Haughey MD of Ambius. “Flowers hold hidden meanings and traditionally symbolise everything from love, to friendship and mourning. Our guide to saying it with flowers ensures the romantic at heart doesn’t send the wrong message this Valentine’s Day. Opt for a bouquet with a difference could earn you some serious brownie points, as well as saving some cash.”

Flower Meaning
Bird of Paradise Faithfulness
Daffodil Unrequited love
Fern Secret love
Forget-me-not True love, remembrance
Fuchsia (Scarlet) Confiding love
Ivy Fidelity
Hyacinth Playful love
Lavender Loyalty, love and devotion
Narcissus Ego
Olive branch Peace
Orchid Love and beauty
Peony Beauty
Primrose First love
Tulips (Red) Declaration of love
Violets Faithfulness

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