Flower meanings and symbolisation were a key element to flower choice many years ago. NAIROBI FLORISTS have noticed this old school tradition is making a comeback. So to help you make the right decision we have provided the following information to assist you in your flower choice.
Obviously you do not have to send an arrangement that has a deep meaning behind the flower type, you can just choose an arrangement because you like the look of it. But having this information can assist you in your choice if you are finding it hard to decide on a design.
Flower Type Meanings
Flower Type Meanings
The following is an extensive list of flower types and the meanings/ sentiment they portray. Included in the list are the meaning of Roses and more.
Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
Your Love is Given Back/Returned
Pride, Pastoral Poetry
Thee Only Do I Love
Symbol of Love, Daintiness
Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
BELLS OF IRELAND
Great joy and delight
Good luck gift for a man
Longing for you
You're a Flame in My Heart
Fascination, Woman Love
I'll Never Forget You
My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
CARNATION (SOLID COLOR)
No, Refusal, Sorry I Can't Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman's Good Luck Gift
You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
You're a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
Resignation and Good-bye
Respect, Regard, Unrequited Love, You're the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I'm with You
Innocence, Loyal Love, I'll Never Tell, Purity
Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
True Love, Good Memories
You're Lovely, Secret Love
Give Me a Break, I'm Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
Love at First Sight
Protection, Wishes Will Come True
Defence, Domestic Happiness
Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
HYACINTH (RED OR PINK)
Loveliness, I'll Pray for You
Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valour, My Compliments
Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It's Heavenly to be with You
I'm Walking on Air, False and Gay
Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother
LILY OF THE VALLEY
Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You've Made My Life Complete, beauty, gaiety
Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India
Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
Maternal Love, Charity
Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
Conquest, Victory in Battle
Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children, Thoughtful, Maturity, Charm
Victory and Success
Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me
Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
I Can't Live Without You
ROSE (DARK CRIMSON)
You May Hope
Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
Love, I Love You
I'll Remember Always
Love at First Sight
Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You're Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED)
Unity, Flower Emblem of England
Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
Pure and Lovely
Confessions of Love
ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms)
ROSES (Single Full Bloom)
I Love You, I Still Love You
Deception, Gracious Lady
Elope with Me
Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel
Bonds of Affection, Promptness, You'll Always Be Beautiful to Me
Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time
Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
Believe Me, Declaration of Love
There's Sunshine in Your Smile
Watchfulness, Faithfulness, I'll Always Be True
Let's Take a Chance
Dance With Me
Thinking (or In Memory) of an Absent Friend
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Most people have heard of Birthstones, well the following list is of Birth-flowers.
JANUARY Flower: Carnation, Snowdrop
FEBRUARY Flower: Primrose, Violet
MARCH Flower: Jonquil, Violet
APRIL Flower: Daisy, Sweet Pea
MAY Flower: Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley
JUNE Flower: Honeysuckle, Rose
JULY Flower: Larkspur, Water Lily
AUGUST Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy
SEPTEMBER Flower: Aster, Morning Glory
OCTOBER Flower: Calendula, Cosmos
NOVEMBER Flower: Chrysanthemum
DECEMBER Flower: Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia
There are many different colour traditions and these can be affected by culture, function, application etc. The following is a general rule of thumb in regard to choosing the right coloured flowers to portray the correct sentiment.
You can base your colour choice on traditional associations or scientific choices.
Traditional Colour Choice
These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.
Redroses mean romantic love.
Purpleroses signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.
Coral and orangeroses signal desire.
Yellowroses are joy and friendship.
Pinkroses express our gratitude and appreciation.
Light pinkroses show feelings of admiration and sympathy.
Peach is more indefinite, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.
Whiteroses show meaning of reverence and humility.
Scientific Colour Choice
People respond to different colours in different ways, and these responses take place on a subconscious, emotional level. Specific colours have different effects on the human brain:
Black : self-confidence, power, strength
Blue : calming, lowers blood pressure
Green : soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness
Violet : provides a peaceful environment
Pink: relaxes, relieves tension, soothing
Yellow : energizes, relieves depression,
Orange : energizes, stimulates
Red : stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure
Aries are a Fire Sign which means they are passionate, enthusiastic, adventurous
Flowers & Plants for an Aries: Opuntia cactus (prickly pear), celosia (cockscomb), thorn-bearing shrubs, red roses, tulips, red peppers, amaryllis
Taurians are Earth Signs which means they are home-loving, conventional, gourmand
Flowers & Plants for a Taurus: sweet William (Dianthus barbatus), scented stock, fruit-bearing trees, lavender, lilac, aster, lily of the valley, sweet pea
Gemini is an Air Sign and they are talkative, lively, intellectual