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The most romantic day of the year this year, is also the First day of Lent… so if you’re beloved is giving up chocolate, it’s a good day for flowers! But then it’s always a good day for flowers!
The most purchased flower on Valentines day is the rose. No surprise there. But what meaning is attached to certain colors of roses?
- Red, the most popular, means love.
- Pink, the first roses to be cultivated, stand for feelings of love and gratitude. It can be romantic or platonic, you might want to make that clear!
- White roses means ‘innocence and purity’, it’s also about new beginnings and farewells.
- Orange, a “younger” cultivar, can mean fascination and/or passionate (with whatever reason you’re sending them, as a thank you, as a lover, as a friend) Again, might want to make that one clear to the receiver!
- Yellow is all about joy!
- Lavender roses means enchantment or, perhaps, love at first sight!
If you want to make a lasting impression the Orchid is outstanding. There are several types but the most popular and easiest to grow is the Phalaenopsis. To the ancient Greeks, orchids were a sign of virility and luxury.
Because they’re so exotic looking, most people think the orchid is only a tropical plant. But it’s not. The Minnesota state flower is a Lady Slipper orchid.
So, whatever occasion, flowers convey the message! By the way, the rose is the State Flower in 4 U.S. states, including Iowa and North Dakota. THAT, I would Not have guessed!
Wisconsin’s state flower is the delicate wood violet, chosen by Wisconsin school children in 1908.