Where did the tradition of giving flowers come from? What does mean the “Flower Language”?
Our ancestors, observing nature, noticed the medicinal properties of plants. After successful hunting, men brought not only prey to the family hearth, but also leaves, stems, and pollen of medicinal plants.
The women dried the flowers and herbs in the sun and cooked the drugs. Flowers were also the first decorations for the house and jewelry. That's why women are so fond of getting flowers as a gift from men.
How did the flower language appear?
The flower language was born in the East, where women were forbidden to communicate with men. Communication often took place through the use of colors, which were given different shades of feelings and moods. The value was everything - the number of colors in the bouquet, whether the bouquet is decorated with leaves and whether the thorns were removed from the roses, etc.
At the same time in a kind of "flower correspondence" bouquets took part both: women and men. This tradition was spread through travelers' notes all over in Europe.
Dictionaries of flower language were published during the entire XVIII century, telling about the meaning of a particular plant. Very popular was the language of flowers in France and England in the time of Queen Victoria.
When choosing a bouquet, it should be remembered that in different traditions and cultures the same flower can mean the opposite things.
What flowers are suitable for relatives, friends, and colleagues?
Flowers for the girl: lily, lavender, orchid, red rose.
Flowers for the wife: gerbera, bell, pelargonium, red rose, aster.
Flowers for a friend: iris, chrysanthemum, chamomile.
Flowers for the mother: cloves, marigolds, tulip, sunflower.
Flowers for the sister: daisies.
Flowers for the grandmother: yellow tulip, white rose, violet.
Flowers for the mother-in-law: lotus, yellow rose, olive.
Flowers for colleagues: clover, white jasmine, Grand Prix rose, buttercup, magnolia.
How to confess your feelings using the flower language?
Aconite - this flower can express gratitude and invite on a date
Pansies - serve as a declaration of love.
White acacia is a symbol of pure and bright love.
Gardenia - for timid; expresses a hidden, secret love.
Dahlias are a sign of sad, unrequited love.
Gloxinia - love at first sight.
Lilac - give as a sign of first love.
Tulip - a symbol of pure love, great happiness.
Mimosa - the person is cautious and hides the feelings
How to make a compliment using flower language?
Hyacinths, carnations, chrysanthemums - are given to a married woman to emphasize respect for her.
Calla - worship.
Daisies are given as a compliment to young, unmarried girls.
Lily, Camellia - speaks of the admiration of the beauty of a woman.
Lavender - "I'll never forget you," "Nobody will replace you."
Azalea – in the flower language is a symbol of femininity, fragility, meekness, restraint, devotion; but at the same time - passion and sadness. Azalea is customary to give before unwanted separation. Before the long road, it is also customary to present a bouquet with a predominance of red color.
What flowers express negative emotions?
Aconite, begonia – is a warning about enemies or envious persons.
Narcissus - hints that a person is too narcissistic and selfish.
Petunia - expresses irritation and resentment.
Marigolds - talk about jealousy.
Sunflower - a symbol of arrogance, falsity.
How to choose the color of flowers?
There are customs and prejudices regarding the coloring of the petals. In the time of Catherine II, the "Registry of Flowers" was created, where red meant - love, green - hope, blue - fidelity, black - sadness, and yellow - treason. Although actually yellow is the color of the sun, the color of heat and intelligence.
Yellow in the flower language is the color of treachery or divorce. According to legend, red roses exposed the unfaithful wife of one sultan, yellowing right in her hands. Now the "ban" of the yellow is removed, and you can give these flowers in any situation.
White is the universal color of flowers. It symbolizes purity and sincere intentions. Flowers of white color can be combined with any shades in the composition.
Pink is usually associated with youth and modesty.
The red color for all peoples is considered the color of love and passion. In a bouquet, it is perfectly combined with white, yellow.
What does mean the number of flowers in the bouquet?
It is believed that the number of colors in a bouquet has a certain value:
One flower is a sign of attention.
Three - respect.
Five - recognition.
Seven - love.
1 flower - You are everything that I have!
3 flowers - I want to go with you to the end of the world.
5 flowers - I love you!
7 flowers - Traditionally give on the day of betrothal.
9 flowers - I respect you as a friend.
10 flowers - I want to do something for you.
11 flowers - You are my friend.
12 flowers - It's hard for us, but I think everything will be fine.
13 flowers - I hate and despise you!
14 flowers - You are everything that I have!
15 flowers - You deserve my gratitude and respect.
There is no exact number of flowers of death. Therefore, the even number of flowers in a bouquet has the same rights as an odd one.