The Meaning of Flowers
Ever wonder why flowers became a time-honored way to express affection or appreciation?
The answer dates back to the Elizabethan era, but it was the Victorians who actually assigned simple messages to individual flowers. This was a time when etiquette restricted the expression of emotions. So, people came to use the beauty and color of flowers to communicate their feelings.
Flower selection became a fine art in conveying the appropriate sentiment, thought or wish without words. And understanding the subtleties was critical. A gift of a red rose was read as a sign of love and passion. Not to be confused, however, with a white rose, which represents purity or eternal love—or a yellow rose, which symbolizes jealousy and infidelity.
Today, the assignment of meaning to various flowers remains popular among cultures all around the world. For instance, jasmine blooms are a Hindu symbol of love. So are marigolds, whose cheerful saffron petals are threaded on string and festooned everywhere during Indian festivals and weddings. But perhaps the most well-known association between flower and emotion is that of the rose.
Get a bouquet of yellow tulips? You might have an admirer hopelessly, impossibly, in love with you. Or it could simply mean ‘Happy spring!’
The giving of roses as a romantic gesture is said to date back to ancient mythology, when the elegant bloom was associated with the goddess of love, Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome. Since then, roses have been closely connected to expressions of love, thanks to their pristine beauty, intoxicating aroma and lavish skin care benefits.
If you’d like to express your feelings through a gift of florals, let Thymes help. Many of our collections feature floral essences, and two of them showcase rose in particular: Goldleaf, and Kimono Rose. Among our best-selling fragrances, these collections make a thoughtful gift that will make her feel cared for—and that will last longer than a store-bought bouquet.
Today, the beauty of flowers can be enjoyed in many different ways, from fresh bouquets to scented candles, perfumes to home fragrance. To discover more about Thymes floral fragrances, visit the Thymes Fragrance Studio.
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