Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Hydrangea

 

 

Hydrangea

 

Meaning: Understanding

Colours: White, Blue, Purple, Pink

Best For: Bouquets and arrangements

Scent: None

In Season: Spring and fall

Price Range: Expensive

 

Hydrangea flowers grow in small, star-shaped blossoms that bloom in large clusters to completely cover hydrangea stems.

They were discovered in Japan. The name is derived from the Grecian words for water (hydor) and jar (angos), which loosely translates into “water barrel,” a reference to the bell- or cup-shaped growth pattern of the flowers.

Hydrangea flowers convey heartfelt, deep feelings when given as a gift. More specific meanings of hydrangea flowers have been debated at length. Some floral experts say hydrangea flowers convey vanity, while others say the flowers express thankfulness to a person with an understanding nature. Under any meaning, hydrangea flowers are the blossom of choice for the fourth wedding anniversary.

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Gardenia

Gardenia

 

Meaning: Purity, joy

Colour: White

Best For: Bouquets and boutonnieres

Scent: Very fragrant

In Season: Year-round

Price Range: Expensive

 

Gardenia is native to tropical and subtropical regions such as Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.

Gardenia is a richly symbolic flower maintaining a sweet presence and standing as a highly valued symbolic gesture when given as a gift. The added beauty of these flowers is that they convey intense emotional meanings, which, if given as a gift, helps express a person’s feelings to someone. The gardenia, therefore, signifies joy, purity, secret love and is associated with thoughts of beauty.

Although gardenias are often used in relatively small floral arrangements or as floating flowers, their sweet and pleasing scent has made them popular in homes and for special events. Prized for their sweet smell coupled with their symbols of beauty and purity, gardenias can be seen in wedding celebrations, since marriage traditionally represents love and purity.

In the Chinese herbal tradition, gardenias have been used for medicinal purposes to calm irritability and anxiety.

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Freesia

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Freesia

 

Meaning: Innocence, trust, faithfulness and friendship

Colour: white, yellow, pink, blue, purple

Best For: Bouquets

Scent: Very fragrant

In Season: Spring and summer

Price Range: Inexpensive (in season)

 

Freesia come in a rainbow of colors and emit a heavenly lemony scent. The majority of freesia are native to South Africa.

White or yellow freesia have the sweetest scent, while red and orange blooms have the more intense fragrance.

The freesia flower symbolizes innocence and friendship. It is also used to symbolize trust and, as such, is a popular wedding flower. Freesia’s final meaning is faithfulness. Florists use it as the seventh anniversary flower.

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Delphinium

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Delphinium

 

Meaning: Swiftness, lightness

Colour: Blue, White, Purple

Best For: Arrangements

Scent: Lightly fragrant

In Season: Summer

Price Range: Moderate

 

Delphinium is native to Europe and Siberia. It relates to the Greek word ‘Delphis’ (Dolphin) referring to the shape of the back of the flower which resembles a Dolphin’s snout. In other countries it was thought to resemble a Lark’s foot and was called ‘Larkspur’ ‘Lark’s Heel’ and ‘Lark’s Claw’. It is also said that the Greeks named this flower after Delphinium Apollo, the god of the city of Delphi. Delphinium is a symbol for swiftness and lightness. The white delphinium is also called ‘Elijah’s Chariot’.

According to legend, Delphinium originated during the Battle of Troy. Achilles’ mother requested that her son’s armor be given to the most heroic Greek Warrior. The armor was given to Ulysses, although the brave Ajax expected to be chosen, and because of his rejection, Ajax killed himself. The small blue larkspur began to grow where the blood of Ajax spilled.

Delphiniums were used by West Coast Native Americans to make blue dye and European settlers made ink from ground delphinium flowers. During the Dark Ages, the fern seed was believed to render men invisible. In medieval England, the root of the common male fern was an important ingredient in love potions. The most ancient use of the delphinium was as a strong external medicine thought to drive away scorpions by the seeds and leaves which were thought to possess great power. Ground to a powder, the seeds were used to treat a toothache. It destroyed the lice in the hair of the warriors during the American Civil War, and at the Battle of Waterloo wounds were dressed with Delphinium.

The wild strains are often the cause death among cattle, as the plants are very poisonous. Delphiniums should not be used with food.

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Daisy

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DAISY

Meaning: Purity, innocence, loyal love, patience, beauty, and even ‘secrecy between two persons’.

Best For: Bouquets

Scent: None

In Season: Year-round

Price Range: Inexpensive (in season)

 

Whether grown in wild or planted in flower gardens, a daisy flower has long been appreciated for its simple beauty. Like every flower known to us, this delicate bloom has a meaning of its own. And the amazing part about daisy bloom is that meanings gathered from different sources are all optimistic. But the most accepted daisy meaning is purity and innocence.

In earlier days, maidens wore daisy flowers to decorate their hair, which symbolized simplicity and innocence of youth. Also, there was a time when a daisy flower gifted by a maiden was considered a sign of affection and respectable gesture. Till today, the daisy bloom is used to express the language of love in a special way. It is commonly related to the fifth wedding anniversary and also, a bouquet of daisies is given to a new mother to welcome the newborn baby. No wonder, lovers have also gifted daisies to each other as a token of their undying love!

The flower’s name comes from the term “day’s eye,” a reference to the fact that daisy blooms are only open during the day and close up at night.

More meanings:

  • Love detector. Daisies have long been associated with love. The, “she loves me, she loves me not,” method of pulling petals from a flower was first used with the daisy to tell love’s fortune.
  • Childlike. The daisy flower is often seen as a symbol of innocence-more particularly, the innocence of youth. Children throughout the ages have made “daisy chains” from the flowers to wear as they play.
  • Purity. In many western cultures, the daisy represents purity. In Sweden, for example, daisies are known as “priest’s collars”, because their petals resemble the stiff white collars worn by those in the clergy.
  • Simply perfect. The daisy has been celebrated in art and poetry for its simple beauty. Hairpins decorated with daisies have been found in ancient ruins dating back 4,000 years.

 

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings

Anemones

 

Baby’s Breath

 

Calla Lily

 

Carnation

 

Chrysanthemum

 

Daffodil

 

Daisy

 

Delphinium

 

Freesia

 

Gardenia

 

Hydrangea

 

TBC…

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Wedding Flowers and Their Meanings… Daffodil

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DAFFODIL

Meaning: Regard, Rebirth, Respect, Unrequited Love, Hope

Colour: Yellow

Best For: Garden settings, in pots

Scent: None

In Season: Spring

Price Range: Inexpensive (in season)

 

Daffodil, Narcissus and Jonquil were once separate flowers but interbreeding produced more than 5000 varieties. They were brought to Britain by the Romans, who mistakenly believed that its sap could heal wounds.

The name Narcissus comes from a Greek word meaning ‘to numb’ and it was given this name because if one is enclosed in a small space with the flower, the scent will induce a headache.

 

Both the Greeks and Egyptians related the flower with death. The Egyptians often hung wreaths of narcissus during funerals. In medieval Europe, it was believed that if a daffodil drooped when you looked at it, it was an omen of death. The Arabians used this flower as an aphrodisiac.

According to a Greek myth, a young wood nymph named Echo fell in love with Narcissus. Narcissus was bestowed with great beauty, by the gods. In order to keep his beauty and youth he was not supposed to look at his own reflection. He became so self-conceited with his beauty that he did not bother about Echo, who was consumed by love, until all that was left of her was her voice. The goddess Nemesis led the vain Narcissus to a shimmering lake. There, he looked at his reflection and faded. The gods, however, thinking that Nemesis was too harsh, decided to change his sentence by turning him into a flower, the Narcissus

Poultry keepers thought the flower was unlucky and would not allow it in the home as they believed it would stop their poultry laying eggs or the eggs hatching. A superstition in Maine, states that you will cause a daffodil not bloom if you point at it with an index finger. Chinese Feng Shui however, believes the flower brings good luck for the next twelve months if forced to bloom during the New Year.

 

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