The Secret Language of Flowers

Hey fellas! Thought red roses were the perfect way to say ‘I’m sorry’ to your fine lady? Well, think again! Even back as far as the Victorian era, floral symbolism has been used to convey secret messages.

Here’s a little guide to help you choose the right flower for the right occasion and ensure you don’t inadvertently say ‘You’re alright’ when you’re really trying to say, ‘You’re the bee’s knees, the cat’s meow, the earth that I breathe, my little turtle dove’!


Red rose                                             Says ‘I love you’

Yellow rose                                        Suggests joy, happiness and that ‘I care’

Coral or orange rose                        Shows enthusiasm or desire

Deep pink rose                                  Says ‘thank you’

A bunch of red and white roses      Suggests unity

Rosebud                                              Symbolises youth, beauty and innocence

Rose leaves                                        A symbol of hope

Yellow tulip                                        Says ‘there’s sunshine in your smile’

Primrose                                             Says ‘I can’t live without you’

Orchid                                                 Suggests refined beauty

Buttercup                                            Suggests riches

Image: My Precious Confessions


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