Flowers have been given a special significance for centuries. They have long been treasured for their scent and their beauty. Perhaps nobody has esteemed flowers, however, as highly as the people of the Victorian age. For them, flowers were so important they even used them to convey secret messages.

Using flowers, gentlemen and ladies became more courageous in expressing their feelings. As the English poet Thomas Hood so eloquently stated, "Sweet flowers alone can say what passion fears revealing."

Here are some special flowers and the sentiments assigned to them in floriography, the floral language of the Victorian era.

  • Aster: Symbol of Love, Daintiness
  • Azalea:First Love
  • Camellia (Pink): Longing For You
  • Camellia (Red): You're a Flame in My Heart
  • Camellia (White): You're Adorable
  • Carnation (Pink): I'll Never Forget You
  • Carnation (Red): My Heart Aches For You
  • Carnation (Solid): Yes
  • Carnation (Striped): No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be with You, Wish I Could Be with You
  • Carnation (White): Innocence, Pure Love
  • Carnation (Yellow): You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
  • Chrysanthemum (Red): I Love You
  • Chrysanthemum (Yellow): Slighted Love
  • Daffodil: Unequalled Love, You're the Only One
  • Daisy: Innocence, Loyal Love
  • Dogwood: Love Undiminished by Adversity
  • Fern (Maidenhair): Secret Bond of Love
  • Forget-Me-Not: True Love, Memories
  • Gardenia: You're Lovely, Secret Love
  • Ivy: Wedded Love, Fidelity
  • Jonquil: Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire
  • Lavender: Devoted Love
  • Lotus: Estranged Love
  • Moss: Maternal Love, Charity
  • Orange Blossom: Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
  • Orchid: Love, Beauty, Refinement
  • Peony: Bashful Love
  • Primrose: Happy Love
  • Poppy: Hopeless Love
  • Rose (Pink): Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
  • Rose (Red): Love, I Love You
  • Rose (Thornless): Love at First Sight
  • Rose (White): Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You
  • Rose (Yellow): Decrease of Love, Jealousy
  • Rosebud (Red): Pure and Lovely
  • Spider Flower: Elope with Me
  • Tulip (General): Perfect Lover
  • Tulip (Red): Believe Me, Declaration of Love
  • Tulip (Variegated): Beautiful Eyes
  • Zinnia: Absent Love

Revive the romance of times gone by. Give a bouquet of flowers that not only has a special scent or special beauty, but a special meaning. Share the secret language of flowers.


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