Romancing the Orchid

Valentine's Day Cymbidium orchid bouquets are available from OrchidPeople of HawaiiOrchids are stunning, delicate, and highly sensual.
Even more than the mighty rose, sending orchids for Valentine’s Day sends an unmistakable message of romantic desire. No other flower can match the irresistible power of the orchid.
Do you know what giving a red rose means? What is the message you are sending when you buy carnations? Which bloom best says, “I love you, darling. I simply can’t have enough of you?”
Here are the meanings of 12 traditional Valentine’s Day flowers. We hope it provides you with a little extra inspiration.
Red rose: These traditionally signify romance, beauty, perfection and passionate love — the kind E.L. James thinks about during her afternoon tea. This flower is the most popular bloom to give on Valentine’s Day, and as such, is often the priciest.
White rose: Signifying purity, if you feel like telling your loved one that your relationship isn’t just about passionate romance, this may be a good alternate. Additionally, red and white roses together signify unity — the blend of pure love and passionate love.
Pink rose: Signifying friendship, if you’re feeling bold on Valentine’s Day, but not red rose bold, pink roses are a good route to go. If you aren’t feeling as intense as a red rose, but more romantic than a white rose, this is the flower to give.
Yellow rose: These traditionally represent zealousness. Confused about what that signifies? If you’re feeling devout, dedicated, committed, enthusiastic and passionate, that’s being zealous. This is not a rose for the faint of heart.
Tulip: If you want to send a message declaring your love to another, red tulips are the way to go. They are a classic, affordable flower that is sure to warm the heart of the recipient.
Orchid: This flower represents love, luxury, strength and delicate beauty. They are an exotic flower that come in a wide variety of colors and are quite fragrant.
Gerbera daisy: These blooms traditionally represent beauty, purity and innocence. Their large flowering heads are a bright companion to a Valentine’s Day gift, and with so many petals to choose from, you can give the opportunity for someone to think, “He loves me, he loves me not.”
White lily: Known by another name, the Casablanca lily, the white lily represents beauty, class, style and celebration. If there is an anniversary or an accomplishment to recognize this year, white lilies are a great match.
Carnation: Like many of the flowers available for Valentine’s Day, carnations come in a variety of colors, with each one having a different meaning. If your aim is to convey gratitude, a pink carnation would suit you best. If your relationship has a cheer about it, yellow carnations represent you best. If you want to make a splash, red is flashy. If you feel sentimental and want to remember the past, white carnations can serve well in that purpose. The one carnation to avoid (or embrace) are striped in color — those represent refusal.
Sunflower: It shouldn’t be difficult to guess the meaning of this flower. It literally looks like the sun, a symbol that represents warmth, happiness, adoration and loyalty. While it feels more like a summertime flower, they are often available to give for Valentine’s Day as well.
Iris: If you’re drawing a blank on a flower to gift on Valentine’s Day, an iris is an excellent match. The iris represents inspiration. An extra piece of inspiration? They can also represent faith, hope and royalty. They also can be an excellent companion in a bouquet.
Gardenia: The gardenia flower is seen as a symbol of joy, purity and old-fashioned, traditional love. They are expensive, but if you’ve been in a relationship for a long time (like years, not days) these are a great gift.

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