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Anniversary flowers

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Have you heard about the man who forgot his wedding anniversary and…well it may be a bit of an old joke but it certainly is no joke if it happens to you. For many men, anniversaries are something to be feared. But there’s no need for that. In today’s electronic world there are enough tools around to make sure you don’t forget. You could opt for a bells and whistles weekend away or some gorgeous jewellery to treat the missus but then again, a flower delivery usually does the trick beautifully. And better still, if you’re sending flowers, you can preorder your anniversary flowers. So there really is no excuse… and if you’re looking for Cheap Anniversary Flowers then you’re in luck!

The choice of anniversary flower is very wide. Most men go for roses. A rose is the flower of love and very romantic so always a good choice. But if you like to be more traditional, here are some other ideas.

The first anniversary is often signified with pansies. In William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the juice of a pansy blossom is a love potion “Before, milk-white, now purple with love’s wound, and maidens call it love-in-idleness”. For the fifth anniversary it is traditional to give daisies. (Did you know that in France, daisies are known as marguerites?) Daffodils are traditionally sent on the tenth anniversary. Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings but also chivalry and eternal life – and after 10 years of marriage, these are appropriate things to ponder. Only after 15 years of marriage are roses given.  Other milestone anniversaries and their flowers include Iris on the twenty – fifth anniversary, sweet pea for the thirteenth anniversary, nasturtium for the fortieth, and violets for the fiftieth anniversary.

And last but not least, be sure to personalise your flower delivery with a card and a message that expresses your undying love…

1st wedding anniversary flower – Pansy
2nd wedding anniversary flower – Cosmos
3rd wedding anniversary flower – Fuchsia
4th wedding anniversary flower – Geranium
5th wedding anniversary flower – Daisy
6th wedding anniversary flower – Calla Lily
7th wedding anniversary flower – Jack-in-the-Pulpit
8th wedding anniversary flower – Clematis
9th wedding anniversary flower – Poppy
10th wedding anniversary flower – Daffodil
11th wedding anniversary flower – Morning Glory
12th wedding anniversary flower – Peony
13th wedding anniversary flower – Hollyhock
14th wedding anniversary flower – Dahlia
15th wedding anniversary flower – Rose
20th wedding anniversary flower – Day Lily
25th wedding anniversary flower – Iris
28th wedding anniversary flower – Orchid
30th wedding anniversary flower – Sweet Pea
40th wedding anniversary flower – Nasturtium
50th wedding anniversary flower – Violet

The Symbolism of Flowers

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

When you’re giving a gift of flowers, chances are you’re simply buying a bunch of flowers that you like and that suits your budget. But you probably haven’t given much thought to the symbolic meaning of your gift. Most of us would not arrive at a funeral with a bunch of red roses but did you know if you gave someone yellow carnations you would be telling them that they disappointed you!

Here are a few common and interesting meanings to keep in mind when you buy flowers:

1. Probably the most memorable flower – the rose – has as many meanings as there are colours and species but did you know that the number of roses you give also has a special message. Three roses mean that the recipient is romantically loved while fifteen roses represent an apology.

2. Tulips generally mean perfect love but the different colours have their own meanings too. For example, purple tulips symbolise royalty and yellow tulips (as do many other yellow flowers) imply cheerfulness.

3. Daffodils could mean that you respect someone but they also symbolise unrequited love.

4. Gerberas symbolise cheerfulness and happiness. (How could they not?)

5. Chrysanthemums also symbolises cheerfulness – a good flower to say “you’re a wonderful friend.”

6. Sweet peas have a sad message: goodbye

7. Sunflowers mean loyalty so perhaps a good flower to give someone to show your support.

8. White lilies symbolise chastity and virtue, stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity.

9. Begonias have an ominous message: beware

One could get lost in a quagmire of symbolism and perhaps it’s wise not to get too carried away. But whether you’re buying your bouquet through a flower delivery service, an online florist or in person at your favourite UK florist, spare a thought for the symbolism behind your purchase.