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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day 2010
Lovers and friends have always used flowers to communicate thoughts that they could not express in words. In ancient Turkey, a woman who wanted to encourage a suitor would tuck Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) into her bouquet; in ancient Greece, she would send him an Iris to indicate that his love was not returned. Victorian England experienced the height of the language of flowers fashion, even giving it a name ("floriography") and evolving complicated messages.

So what might you send the special people in your life on Valentine's Day

Well, if you are giving Roses, every color has its specific meaning:

Red - true love Yellow - friendship or apology White - innocent or eternal love; virture
Orange - desire Red and White - unity Blue - mysterious, impossible to attain
Pink - grace Lavender - love at first sight Burgundy - unconscious beauty

Red flowers of nearly all types have come to symbolize love. But what if you want to honor a friend, relative, or colleague with a flower that expresses your feelings? There are many messages from which to choose:

Zinnia - thoughts of absent friends
Violet - modesty and faithfulness
Lily-of-the-Valley - trustworthiness
Dahlia - elegance and dignity
Daisy - innocence, simplicity
Heliotrope - devotion
Coreopsis - good cheer
Ivy - faithfulness
Mint - virtue
Hollyhock - ambition
Geranium - gentility
Daffodil - admiration
Rosemary - remembrance
Mullein - good nature
Gerbera - innocence, purity

        None of us will ever outdo Edward VII, when in 1869 he sent Empress Eugenie the gift of a basket bursting with every single named rose in Europe!

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