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The Language of Flowers


by Rebecca Dance

Flower Buying Survival Guide

You may have heard of the “language of flowers”: a centuries old code of different flowers and different colors meant to send secret messages in a bouquet of flowers between lovers. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s important to think about the message that the flowers you get your sweetheart send. Luckily, I am here to help you with this decoding. My survival guide to flowers on Valentine’s Day is here to the rescue:

  • Roses: Roses come in a lot of colors, and all symbolize different things. I recommend that you buy your valentine red roses, because those are a classic symbol of love and devotion. 
  • Carnations: Simple and sweet. A good choice for a friend, but they do symbolize love and good fortune, so they’re still a solid choice for your sweetheart. 
  • Chrysanthemums: Do not buy these unless your valentine loves them or has requested them. These are flowers you buy for your mother. 
  • Garden variety bouquet: Picking up an already prepared bouquet is perfect for the busy college student, and there’s nothing wrong with it. The only advice I offer here is that you should be sure that all the flowers in the bouquet are in good shape and alive. 

A quick note: you know your valentine the best. If you listen to them and what they like, you’ll never be wrong. 

Good luck!