14 February is traditionally the day when those secretly smitten declare their love anonymously to the object of their desire in the form of a card or rose. Declared the feast of St Valentine in the year 496, Valentine’s Day still has a place on our calendar today. Over the years commerce has taken over the feast day, but the message remains the same: today we pay extra attention to the people we care about.
Lovers and loved ones
Most people you feel love for don’t fall in the category of a ‘romantic crush’, but are loved ones. They are your favourite family members, best friends, the friendly neighbours, the handy mechanic, an old classmate. Seize the opportunity and find a flower to match them, such as their favourite flower or one that says something about them – in terms of symbolism, obviously.
There is no flower as fitting as the Alstroemeria if you want to give flowers to a good friend. The Alstroemeria symbolises an enduring friendship and has a host of flaming colours for you to choose from.
If you give someone a bouquet of Irises, it means ‘I have a message for you’. So buy a nice card to accompany your flowers and explain why you’re celebrating that person today.
The Anemone is bursting with symbolism. The flower means ‘I want to be with you’, and symbolises expectation, tenderness and honesty. What a great gift!
Who do you most like to celebrate your life with? Who do you share your moments of joy with? They’re the person who deserves a bouquet of Callas. This flower is reminiscent of wine goblets, and obviously goes very well with a glass of wine.
The Gerbera has no symbolism associated with it. This cheerful and natural clown can be given to everyone. So what are you waiting for?
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