The giving of flowers on Valentine’s Day has been a long held tradition. The most popular of Valentine’s gift flowers is the rose, in particular the red rose. Given as a bunch of a dozen long stemmed red roses or a single red rose, their meaning is clear, that of love and romance for the recipient.
Of all the flowers used on a Valentine’s Day the most commonly used Valentine’s Day flower is the red rose as this flower is traditionally recognized as the symbol of love and passion. A single perfect red rose accompanied with Baby’s Breath flower is considered to be a ‘signature rose’ by the florists and is the most sought after flower of Valentine’s Day. So if you are considering red roses for your loved one, make sure you order from your florist in plenty of time.
Since time immemorial the rose has been a favorite of poets and romantics at heart as it stands for beauty, passion and love. Every year on February 14th lovers long for a gift of roses from their Valentine as the flower has come to denote ‘I love you’. So how has the red rose become firmly associated with love and passion.
There are several legends behind this association, one is said to be that once a beautiful maiden by the name of Rodanthe was pursued by a number of impassioned suitors. In their desperate pursuit the lovers broke the doors of Rodanthe’s house. This enraged the goddess Diana. She turned Rodanthe into a flower and her suitors into thorns.
Another popular legend stems from Rome. Once Cupid was carrying a vase of sweet nectar to the Gods on Mount Olympus and some nectar spilled on the ground. From the spot where the nectar fell emerged the beautiful Rose flower. Interestingly, if the letters of the word ‘rose’ are rearranged, it comes out to Eros – the God of Love. Red roses are also considered to be the favorite flower of Venus – the Goddess of Love.
Roses can be found in a variety of colors not just red. Each color rose has a different meaning, so it is important to know this before you send Valentine’s flowers. For example: yellow roses mean friendship, white mean true love and purity of mind, pink roses denote friendship or sweetheart. The black rose means farewell, not something you want to say to your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Other color roses that have a particular meaning are: peach or coral roses for desire and excitement or appreciation and lilac roses, representing love at first sight and enchantment. Bouquets of mixed color roses also have their significant meanings. A bouquet of red and yellow roses denotes happiness and celebrations. A bouquet of red and white roses means bonding and harmony.
The giving of a bouquet of the traditional dozen red roses is considered to be an ideal and most romantic Valentine’s Day gift. However, you may try and be a little more creative. A bouquet can be made to look personalized and charmingly different by adding balloons, candy or small stuffed animals to it. By using ribbons, hearts, and toys can also make the bouquet special.
Other flowers have special meanings as well as roses, so with the help of the florists one can make a mixed flower bouquet by selecting flowers that convey the emotions of your heart. There are many Spring flowers available at this time to make up the perfect Valentine Day flower gift.
When giving your Valentine roses there are a few tips you should consider. Firstly, select the flower with love and use your own judgement to do so. Your bouquet may not have to be large to show your love, as it is the feelings that you carry with the bouquet that matters most. Secondly, attach a note along with the bouquet stating how much you love her or him. Do something unique to make Valentine’s Day more special for your beloved such as a love poem.
The giving of roses for Valentine’s Day has a long held tradition and meaning of love. However, women should not think that it is their sole right to receive flowers, especially roses. Surveys show that most men have a secret desire to be pampered with flowers by their sweethearts. Men tend to prefer crisp colors such as, red, orange and yellow. So when considering a Valentine gift for him, then consider flowers as an option too, either as a bouquet or as a pot plant.