FLOWERS – OCCASIONS – MEANING
270,000 flower types with color and significance … each in its own way is beautiful and unusual. Agapanthus to Zinnia …
- Three simple peach and yellow roses. Each different-colored rose symbolizes something different. You can bring a rose that matches the personality of the person who died. Red roses symbolize love, so these flowers are often appropriate for a spouse or close family member who passed away. Yellow roses represent friendship, and white roses symbolize purity. You might also pair different colors together such as yellow and white or red and white. Other shades are also available, such as purple, peach, yellow and pink.
- Daisies are sweet and simple flowers. Daisies are happy flowers to bring to a grave site. There really are no rules in regard to which flowers to bring. Choose flowers that express your feelings. Daisies are cheerful flowers that can invoke happy feelings of you and the person who has died. Pair white and pink daisies together, or choose bright red daisies.
- “Daffodils are warm and cheerful.” Daffodils are sweet yet elegant flowers that you can bring to a grave. These flowers are cheerful, so choose daffodils if you want to bring your loved one flowers that symbolize happiness. Daffodils are also exotic-looking, so you can pair them with other exotic flowers to create a truly stunning bouquet. Many daffodils are white star-shaped flowers with yellow, trumpet-shaped centers.
- Lilies are traditional flowers often used for weddings and funerals. Choose lilies if these flowers brighten your day or remind you of the person you lost. These flowers have soft star-shaped petals that fan outward. The center of the lily has small stamens that have brown tips. The stamens shoot up from the center, and each flower displays four or more of them.
- There are dozens of varieties of lilies, including lilies of the valley, Peruvian lilies, tiger lilies, and calla lilies. White lilies symbolize chastity, virtue, and faith, and since they are mentioned in the Bible, they hold a special significance for Christians. Other colors and varieties represent beauty, friendship, and sophistication
Other Floral Considerations
- Carnations are simple, pretty flowers grown in almost every color. There is a legend in the Christian faith that the first carnation to ever bloom grew as Mary wept for Jesus while he carried the cross. Carnations were popular in ancient Greece as a decoration. They represent love and affection, and they are recognized as the official flower of Mother’s Day.
- There are several different varieties of daisies, including gerbera daisies, moon daisies, and Shasta daisies. Gerbera daisies are popular for bouquets, and other varieties grow as wildflowers. Daisies represent innocence and purity, as well as cheerful beauty.
- Dahlias are an exotic flower native to Mexico. There are records that suggests the ancient Aztecs used dahlias in an attempt to treat and cure epilepsy. Dahlias represent dignity and elegance.
- Snapdragons, which grown in colorful stalks, are native to the southern region of Spain. They were prized by the ancient Romans, and dried snapdragons have been found in some Roman temples and burial sites. Snapdragons represent strength and desire.
- Irises get their name from the Greek goddess Iris, who was represented by rainbows. Irises became the national symbol of the French monarchy, the fleur-de-lis. Irises represent faith, hope and wisdom; and they typically are used to convey a deep and emotional sentiment.
- Tulips originated in ancient Persia and Turkey. In this region, it became fashionable for men to wear tulips in their turbans. It is from this practice that tulips derive their name. Tulip means turban in Persian. Tulips represent perfect love, and their meanings differ slightly based on color.
- Indigenous peoples in the Americas used sunflowers as a food source. Sunflowers represent loyalty and constancy, and they are associated with characteristics similar to the sun—joy, cheerfulness and warmth.
- Historically, orchids have represented love, wealth and beauty. In ancient Greece, they symbolized virility and fertility; and in Victorian England, they were a symbol of wealth and luxury. Today, these exotic flowers represent passionate love, and rare and delicate beauty.
Birth Month Flowers
- When you give flowers on a birthday, you can choose the flowers that are representative of the month. Give carnations and snowdrops in January. For a February birthday, offer primrose and violets. In March, you can give jonquils or violets, and in April, offer daisies and sweet peas. Hawthorn and lily of the valley are just right for May, while you should consider the honeysuckle and the rose for June birthdays. Give the larkspur and the water lily in July and the gladiolus and the poppy in August. A bouquet of aster and morning glories are right for September, and you can give calendulas and cosmos for October. Chrysanthemum are in order for November. In December, offer a bouquet of holly, narcissus and poinsettia.
What the Colors of Flowers Mean
- The meanings of flowers and their color is rich in history. Attaching meaning to colors and flowers is traditional in most modern and ancient cultures. It is well known that colors can have huge effects on feelings in general. A bouquet of red roses would undoubtedly be received differently than say, an arrangement of orange and yellow flowers. Knowing what color and type of flower is appropriate for a given occasion is important.
- Red flowers, especially red roses, have come to convey passion and love. Pink flowers have traditionally signified grace and happiness and are said to be perfect for any occasion. Orange conveys excitement and enthusiasm. Yellow flowers are given to show friendship and joy. Pride and success are traditional with purple flowers. White flowers usually convey innocence and purity while black flowers have been used to convey obsession. Some say that green flowers bring good luck; they show stability and harmony. Blue flowers, traditionally rare in nature, represent confidence and security.
- Throughout the ages flowers have not only been used to convey emotion, but they have come to symbolize aspects of everyday life. Yellow flowers have an association with the season of spring, symbolizing new beginnings and friendship. Orange flowers are said to make bold statements of vitality; they are associated with the symbol of the sun. Red flowers symbolize fire, strength and of course, desire.
- Flowers of various colors can be perfect in presentation, for several different occasions. White and pink flowers are perfect for weddings. An orange floral arrangement is ideal for a meeting where people will be discussing ideas. When the occasion calls for romance, nothing is more perfect than red roses. Red roses are always welcomed on Valentine’s Day and anniversaries.
- Memorial wreaths are traditionally shaped like a heart or circle. You can make a memorial wreath from the deceased’s favorite type of flower or request that traditional artificial flowers, like poppies, poinsettias, carnations and roses, be used. Artificial wreaths are often against the grave or at eye level with a wreath stand. Memorial wreaths can commemorate a tragedy or recognize the deceased’s military service on Memorial Day. If you plan to make your own, decide beforehand if you want the wreath to be understated and solemn or in the cheerful spirit of the person you are honoring.
Silk Flower Arrangements
- Silk flower arrangements can last for up to two years, depending on weather conditions. If you want your flowers to look as real as possible, a silk flower arrangement gives you a wide variety of flowers and greenery to choose from. Although real flowers are most appropriate for funeral ceremonies, silk flowers are a good choice for annual visits. Place your arrangement in a small metal bucket or thick clay pot to protect the flowers from mud and snow. Wrap the bouquet in ribbon to keep the arrangement secure and neat.
- From a distance, polyester flowers look natural and decorative. More durable than silk flowers, polyester flowers will hold up better if the gravesite is in a wet or extremely cold area. You have a few different kinds of polyester flowers to choose from. Some are made from parchment dipped in wax and coated in glycerin. Other types of polyester flowers have plastic leaves or stems wrapped in tape. Some polyester flowers are dyed and crumpled to resemble dried flowers. Note that the colors can fade and the plastic ends of the flowers or leaves can split or crack over time. If you won’t have the chance to visit the grave site for over a year, choose a pale color that won’t fade as dramatically as bright colors such as red and purple.