With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought this article in the Farmer’s Almanac was a kind of interesting read.
Valentine’s Day just a week away, is one of the busiest times of the year for florists. Did you know that, according to the National Retail Federation, a third of the $20 billion spent in 2020 on Valentine’s Day was on flowers? A lot of this likely went to the staggering 250 billion roses produced for the holiday each year.
Have you ever wondered why we send romantic partners red roses and not, say, snapdragons? Sure, roses are beautiful and smell wonderful, but it’s more than that: All flowers actually have their own unique meanings and symbolism dating back centuries.
The “secret language” of flowers can be traced to the creative endeavors of ancient peoples. Myths, folklore, sonnets, and plays of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and Chinese are filled with flower and plant symbolism. Even fans of Shakespeare can attest to the Bard’s love affair with using flowers for deeper meaning in his work.
In the Victorian era, flowers were often used to express thoughts and feelings that couldn’t be said out loud. In fact, most households had guidebooks to help decipher each missive’s true meaning.
This brings us back to roses. Depending on their color, roses can mean many things. The traditional red rose signifies “love,” while dark crimson roses are tied to mourning and grief. Pink roses mean “happiness,” and white ones say, “I’m worthy of you.” Yellow roses from a romantic partner—possibly alluding to “jealousy” or “infidelity”—could spell trouble.
Of course, the traditional symbolism of a flower means far less these days. Most people just appreciate a beautiful bouquet, especially of their favorite flowers.
Roses are red
Violets are blue.
That’s as far as I got-
Whatever. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day.
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