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46 Symbolic Flowers for Bouquets

46 SYMBOLIC FLOWERS FOR BOUQUETS
Hello and welcome! This post looks at the language of flowers or hanakotoba in Japan. I always enjoy their beauty but can never tell why. I consider myself a rational person and flowers have no value so are ultimately pointless but therein lies their charm. Things we find beautiful, but don’t understand why, must be cherished at all costs. We need to find joy in simplicity in an increasingly hectic world.


I also adore the symbolic soil beneath flowers as many legends are attributed to them. As writers can draw inspiration from all manner of places and symbology is just one. If you can give characters monkshood to make them wary then your work will benefit by becoming more literary.


Many countries adopt national flowers and though symbolism varies by culture there are major similarities. I studied colour symbolism and synaesthesia before, which you can find clicking here, and found correlations between music and colour. Colour is the main focus when deciding on flower arrangements but the primary consideration is what in season.



Three Typical Arrangements
There are different ways of arranging flowers. This is dependent on culture but you can mix between to find your preference.  


1. Japan (Ikebana) - An artistic and simplistic meaningful selection.
2. English - A classic and compact seasonal selection.
3. Euro - A modern and sparse rare selection.



Three Typical Styles
You can blend styles as it always depends on your preference but these are some common themes in bouquets.


1. Bold - If you want bouquet to stand out or want to feature one of two flower types as an eye-catching centrepiece then this style is for you.
2. Sweet - These have the classic flower smell and are a popular choice for many occasions.
3. Hot - These are spicy smelling, not hot meaning attractive, but still they are super sexy!


Other occasional styles are:-
·       Cool - Light fruity smells for everyday use.
·       Aromatic - Perfumed fragrances designed to aid relaxation.  
·       Strong - Heavy exotic smells to cover other smells.



The 12 Main Flower Meanings
Some flowers have negative meanings. I try to avoid those to be positive but felt the need to make some known so you don’t offend. You don’t want to call a lover an idiot. Again. You may need another bouquet.


However most plants have pleasant qualities attributed to them and often have more than one quality. As language can be so subjective it’s hard deciphering differences between meanings. For example; love is similar to affection and desire, grace is similar to purity, hope is similar to thanks and endurance, and pride is similar to honour.


·       Love - The most romantic choice for lovers, close acquaintances and family.
·       Desire - If there is somebody you like but are not in love then these are a passionate choice.
·       Affection - These flowers show appreciation for someone you care for.   
·       Grace - These are elegant, stylish and are associated with femininity.
·       Pure - These show honesty, trust and devotion.
·       Hope - These can bestow future luck on people and offer best wishes.
·       Endurance - When giving these flowers you make a statement that a relationship will stand the test of time, and wish for a long life, success and a prosperous future.
·       Thanks - If you need to offer gratitude in a formal way these should be your choice.
·       Pride - These show satisfaction after success in a compassionate congratulatory manner.
·       Honour - These show respect to those with integrity and kindness.
·       Joy - Flowers of happiness go well with festive occasions.
·       Avoid - You don’t need to avoid these but consider them carefully before giving them as gifts as they have negative connotations. This doesn’t mean they aren’t still beautiful.



Thanks for reading! To end this article I wrote a haiku inspired by flower arrangement amongst other things. Please enjoy and see the chart below for a list of plants to make your own bouquets.


Spring blossom notes soar. Key change || Budding flowers fall. Nature needs nurture.


Happy Creations!





46 Common Flowers for Bouquets
No.
NAME
SEASON
COLOUR
MEANING
STYLE
1
Amaryllis
Winter
4-Red
Pride
Bold
2
Anemone
Spring
Many
Hope
X
3
Aster
Summer
Many
Pure
X
4
Azalea
Many
Many
Grace
X
5
Bachelor Button
Summer
1-Blue
Pure
X
6
Begonia
Many
Many
Desire
Bold
7
Bells of Ireland
Spring
Green
Hope
X
8
Cacti
Many
Many
Endurance
X
9
Carnation
Many
Many
Love
Sweet
10
Chrysanthemum
Many
Many
Love
Hot
11
Crocus
Spring
Many
Joy
X
12
Cyclamen
Winter
3-Pink
Thanks
X
13
Daffodil
Spring
6-Yellow
Affection
X
14
Daisy
Many
Many
Pure
Bold
15
Delphinium
Summer
Many
Joy
X
16
Fern
Many
Green
Affection
X
17
Forsythia
Spring
6-Yellow
Hope
X
18
Gardenia
Many
Many
Desire
Hot
19
Geranium
Spring
Many
Grace
Sweet
20
Gladioli
Many
Many
Honour
Bold
21
Gloxinia
Summer
3-Pink
Desire
X
22
Heather
Spring
2-Purple
Grace
X
23
Holly
Winter
Green
Joy
X
24
Hyacinth
Spring
Many
Joy
Sweet
25
Hydrangea
Spring
Many
Thanks
X
26
Iris
Many
Many
Thanks
X
27
Ivy
Many
Green
Endurance
X
28
Jonquil
Spring
6-Yellow
Desire
X
29
Lily
Many
Many
Desire
Hot
30
Marigold
Summer
5-Orange
Avoid
X
31
Mistletoe
Winter
Green
Affection
X
32
Monkshood
Summer
1-Blue
Avoid
X
33
Myrtle
Many
2-Purple
Love
X
34
Narcissus
Spring
Many
Desire
Hot
35
Orchid
Many
Many
Love
Sweet
36
Palm
Many
Green
Pride
X
37
Pine
Winter
Many
Affection
X
38
Rose
Many
Many
Love
Sweet
39
Snapdragon
Many
Many
Grace
X
40
Spider
Many
Many
Endurance
X
41
Stephanotis
Many
Many
Endurance
Sweet
42
Stock
Spring
Many
Hope
Hot
43
Sunflower
Summer
6-Yellow
Pure
Bold
44
Sweet Pea
Summer
Many
Thanks
Bold
45
Tulip
Spring
Many
Love
Hot
46
Violet
Many
2-Purple
Honour
X