Have you ever heard the origin story of Valentine’s Day? In third century Rome, Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men so that joining his army would be more appealing. A young priest by the name of Valentine continued to perform marriage ceremonies in secret until he was found out and imprisoned. Shortly before his execution on February 14, 270 AD, he sent a red rose and a note signed “From Your Valentine” to his love who happened to be the jailer’s daughter.
A rose is a rose
- Long stemmed roses
- Cabbage roses
- Spray roses
- Tea roses
- Cottage rose
- Miniature roses
Eau de flower
- Garden phlox
The meaning behind the petals
Did you know that certain flowers traditionally have different meanings? Perhaps selecting a special flower or an eloquent arrangement to express something specific? Take a look through the list and see what you would like to express. Make sure to tell your Valentine what the meaning is behind your choice or choices.
- Alyssum – worth beyond superficial beauty
- Baby’s Breath – everlasting love
- Daisies – innocence
- Forget-me-nots – memories
- Jasmine – cheerful and graceful
- Lilies (white) – sweetness and purity
- Zinnia (burgundy) – lasting affection
- Camellia – perfected loveliness
A rainbow to choose from
- Red – love, romance, and passion
- Pink – love, gentleness, and happiness
- Blue – openness and serenity
- White – purity and innocence as well as humility
- Yellow – happiness, friendship, and joy
- Lavender – youth, grace, elegance, and refinement
- Orange – bold, exciting, and enthusiastic
- Purple – dignity, tradition, and success
The Freudian bouquet
What sort of personality does your intended have? Did you know that certain flowers correspond very well with specific personality types? Stop for a moment and consider the characteristics of your intended. What type of plant or flower would best fit them?
- Natural – Is he more earthy and casual? Then perhaps a selection of greenery or meadow flowers accented with woodsy touches.
- Romantic – Soft pastel colours and gentle fragrances decorated with lace compliment this personality perfectly.
- Expressive – Exotic orchids or unique colours and textures are great for this unconventional personality.
- Traditional – Classic is the key here. Lush collections with extensive variety really make this personality smile.
- Contemporary – Think outside of the box on this one. One of the best choices is a variety of different flowers but in a monochromatic arrangement, something like four or five different types but all in a similar shade of apricot or blush.
Here today, here tomorrow
Perhaps give the gift that will keep giving. A potted plant such as an African violet or a distinctive orchid can really set you apart. And the best part of the potted plant versus the cut flowers is that they continue to add beauty long after the cut flowers will have wilted. What a lasting gift that will serve as an enduring reminder of your love. Some of the best choices for a potted plant include:
- African violet
- Bonsai trees
- Potted herbs
A little extra something
- If you love a gardener, perhaps a beautiful potted ivy with a pair of new gardening gloves.
- If she loves lavender, maybe an arrangement including the fragrant flower alongside a corresponding scented hand cream.
- If your intended is a chef in the making, consider a small potted herb garden with a cookbook so they can put to use their hand grown goodies.
- If your recipient likes her beauty products on the natural side, maybe a nice aloe plant along with a book full of suggested uses and recipes.
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