Introduced by the King of Sweden, Charles II, in the early 18th century, the language of flowers (or also known by its fancier name floriography) revolves around the use of flowers to express sentiments and emotions. The practice derives from ancient Persia, but nowadays is a worldwide phenomenon best seen on the day which celebrates lovers all over the world – Valentines’ Day. Of course, the flower that takes the centre stage during this event is the rose, unmistakably associated with passion and love. Roses are best seen in their red variation on this holiday, but it is also common nowadays to opt for the hundreds of different other colours available today. But what if you feel roses are too cliché? Then you want some alternatives, which we will list out for you below:
• Tulips – in the Victorian times, the flower that was a declaration of love was not just the rose, as you would expect, but also the red tulip. Thus, tulips are perfect valentine’s day flowers, especially in their fiery red variety. The fact that tulips are available commonly in just about any florist shop makes them much more economical a choice (in case you are running out of funds for the day!) and the fact that just about anyone can recognize them at first glance can inspire a sense of comfort.
• Carnations – the national flower of Spain, the country of passion, carnations are another ideal alternative you can opt for instead of roses. Their flower meaning is ‘fascination’ – thus, some people might consider them an ideal present for the early stages of a relationship. They are also economic, just like tulips, and you can therefore easily afford quite a large bouquet if you ask (and who knows, the gift and hamper florist might be willing to also give you a discount if you opt for a large bouquet!).
• Lilies – lilies are the national flower of Italy, a country widely hailed as romantic (besides the country of love, France). They make for an ideal flower bouquet for valentines, as their meanings (which differ upon the variety) often are romantic in nature. They are extremely fragrant besides being simply beautiful.
• Daisies – and last, to conclude, a very common flower you can find anywhere – the daisy. You might argue that it’s plain, but do you know that daisies have been traditionally used in weddings for centuries? In fact, they are easily associated with love stories, especially because of the fact that they actually consist of two flowers (and hence the meaning of ‘eternal love’). Daisies come in many different varieties, each with different meanings (the white daisy, for example, stands for purity). A bouquet of multi-coloured daisies is the best way to express all the feelings of happiness, gratitude and love to your lover!