2016-02-04 / From The Garden

A Flower is Worth a Thousand Words

If roses, red or otherwise, are not your first choice for Valentine’s Day, there are a number of options that will let you express your feelings. Here are some helpful words from a Huffington Post floral tutorial that will help you find other ways to say it with flowers.

What different flowers mean — and what you're saying when you give them:

Daisies represent innocence. Gerbera, or Gerber, daisies have risen in popularity in recent years, with their cheery colors representing happiness.

Tulips change their meaning with the shade. Pink tulips represent caring, purple stands for royalty, red tulips mean love, white forgiveness, and yellow ones tell the recipient that you're head over heels.

Orchids are famously delicate blooms that also convey a flattering sentiment. Giving a plant instead of a bouquet is a nice way to ensure your gift lasts for longer than four days.

Carnations are often thought of as the bargain basement of flower choices, but they are perfectly appropriate for Valentine's Day and can be quite lovely. Like roses, their meaning varies by color: yellow represents cheer, white remembrance, and pink gratitude. Avoid striped carnations, though, as they represent refusal — not a very romantic sentiment!

Yellow chrysanthemums represent a secret admirer, so thirteen of these are a good gift for your crush. Bronze ones convey excitement, so they're a nice unexpected choice for a first date.

The yellow blooms of daffodils, aside from making us all think of spring represent chivalry - making them a lovely gift from a man to his best female friend.

The full-stemmed hydrangea represent perseverance, which makes them a delightful choice for long-standing couples, and may be part of the reason why they are so popular for weddings.

The peony is the national floral symbol of China; in Chinese, it means "beautiful." In most cultures, these blooms stand for riches and good luck, so they work wonderfully for a newly engaged couple or a longtime married pair.

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