Americans will buy somewhere in the ballpark of 200 million roses for their Valentine’s sweethearts. While roses are a safe bet, there are many other beautiful flowers with special meaning behind them. To make your offering even more memorable, compose a little note (or even a poem!) describing your feelings and how your loved one is like the lovely flowers you’ve chosen!
About.com Marriage has a super-inclusive, alphabetical list of flowers and their meaning. Check it out here. Here’s a partial list:
BABY’S BREATH: Innocence.
CALLA LILY: Magnificent beauty.
CARNATION: Fascination, distinction, divine love.
CHRYSANTHEMUM: Cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy.
DAFFODIL: Joy, happiness.
DAISY: Innocence, loyal love.
FERN: Sincerity, magic, fascination, confidence, shelter.
FORGET-ME-NOT: True love, hope, remembrance, memories.
GARDENIA: You’re lovely, secret love, joy, sweet love, good luck.
HYACINTH, BLUE: Constancy.
IRIS: Wisdom, valued friendship, faith, hope, valor, passion.
IVY: Fidelity, wedded love, friendship.
LILY: Majesty, wealth, pride, innocence, purity
ORCHID: Rare beauty, love, refinement.
RANUNCULUS: You are radiant with charm, radiant charm, attractive.
ROSE: Love, passion, perfection.
SUNFLOWER: Follows the sun as it grows, adoration, devotion.
TULIP: Perfect lover.
ZINNIA: Thoughts of absent friends, in memory of an absent friend.
And a helpful graphic from FrugalDad!
Happy Valentine’s Day!