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Valentine’s Day

One day comes year in and year out, which is special to show someone how much you love them. This is Valentine’s Day. You may show them how much they mean to you every day in the year, through gestures and words. Nonetheless, on this special day, you need to convey your love with a grand gesture of what your heart feels. You may buy an extravagant gift for your love. In case you don’t have a clue of what to give your love or valentine, flowers are a great option to express yourself. Even though all kinds of flowers are appreciated by the receiver, Valentine’s Day flowers have special significance and there are certain blooms that are classic Valentine’s Day bestsellers.

It is important to remember that since the color symbolic of love is known to be red, flowers for Valentine’s Day should ideally be in this color too. There are no known facts as to why this is so. We can only assume and surmise things from our knowledge of the color red. Perhaps, representations of red as a color stand for courage and celebration, and anger and danger. Since love itself is connected to all these in some way or another, maybe the color is associated with it.

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be celebrated to show the love of your life how you feel. As the years have passed, the day is also celebrated by friends who want to symbolize their friendship. You may be overwhelmed by the things that are on the market today, that come out to be sold especially for this special day. Nonetheless, there is no need to be. Flowers say it all, and they look pretty wonderful too. You can also hand out flowers and combine these with other gift ideas. More so than on other occasions, giving that special someone flowers has significant meaning, just as the Valentine’s Day flowers are metaphors for attributes that are relevant. Here is a comprehensive list that you may find helpful in your quest to find the perfect flowers to give on Valentine’s Day.

Roses

Roses top everyone’s list of flowers that are beloved. Aside from Valentine’s Day, roses are a perennial favorite for other occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and birthdays as well. Typically, red roses are the best Valentine’s Day flowers to choose. Within the different varieties of red roses, there are sub-types that are also important. All this can be quite overpowering to take in, so you can go ahead with whichever red rose you like. If you want to show friendship and affection, your choice would be a yellow rose. The popular red rose types given on Valentine’s Day are:

  • Rose Madam Red -This is the classical red rose, but is a full-bodied flower, with a lot of petals and long stems. Rose Madam Red is a rose with a large head. You get a variety of these in pink too. The reds are dark, rich red-colored roses, and they always bloom very well in a vase indoors. They have a long shelf-life too, when you consider flowers kept in vases. This is around a week or so. The stems lack too many thorns, so handling them is easy.
  • Rose Ever Red – This is a variety of roses that is darker than the Rose Madam, but is long-stemmed nonetheless. The heads of these flowers are not very large, but rather elongated, to look like cups. The roses look elegant, especially in a bouquet.
  • Rose Red Torch – Torch is a rose with a big bud size and is a bright red color. It stays excellently well in a bouquet or vase and can sustain long transport periods.

Red roses have signified love and passion since the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks. Roses were identified with two major goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus. Roses have been used to convey messages of love without words spoken for hundreds of years. They are also symbolic of something that is secret or confidential. You cannot go wrong with a red rose!

Tulips

Red tulips are a good way to express your love. Bright red varieties, such as Tulip Ile de France are great flowers to give as Valentine’s Day flowers go. A tulip signifies that the receiver is “the special one” for him or her. Orange tulips, being akin to the color of fire, symbolize passion and desire. If the message you want to give is merely of friendship and affection, then light pink tulips or yellow tulips are a great idea. For married couples who want to signify pure love and love that lasts forever, you can opt for white or cream-colored blooms.

Lisianthus

This unique flower may not look like a classic Valentine’s Day flower, but it is a popular one to give. The buds look uncannily like roses, with different colored rims, such as white with violet rims. Stems don’t have thorns, so that’s a plus. The flower is symbolic of gratitude, appreciation and exudes charisma. The flowers come in the most appealing pastel pinks and purples too. It is a good choice to show your friend how much you care as well. The flowers stay in a vase for a week or so, and they live well during transportation.

Hyacinth

The hyacinth may not be your common choice for a Valentine’s Day flower, but it is the selection of many. It exudes a powerful fragrance and comes in pink, violet and white colors. The variety of Hyacinth Sweetheart, in pink, is the one that is used for manifesting love. The hyacinth flower itself is a metaphor for peace, beauty and a very soft kind of love. Be sure that the receiver will appreciate such a strong-smelling flower before you decide.

Carnations

Carnations are great for bouquets and vases as they are very long-stemmed blooms. They are available in a variety of colors, from bright and deep red, to white, pink and salmon. Carnations are meant to express deep love and devotion. White carnations are symbolic of pure love and luck. Bright red flowers mean to say “I admire you,” while the deeper red flowers are the much-sought after Valentine’s Day flowers.

Daffodil

Daffodils don’t really spring to mind when you think about love as such. In fact, in many western cultures, it is symbolic of vanity, and its botanical name, Narcissus, suggests exactly that. So why should it even be on this list? Well, here’s the story. In Ancient Greece, Narcissus was an extremely handsome young man who broke the hearts of many young women. The god, Nemesis, taught him a lesson by showing him his own reflection in a pond. Narcissus fell in love with it and fell into the pond and drowned. What appeared at the very spot was a bright yellow, beautiful daffodil. Florists around the world tell this story as they feel the daffodil is not only symbolic of vanity, but also of great beauty. In some Asian cultures, the daffodil signifies hidden love. Lovers who are in secret relationships and long-distance ones send each other daffodils.

Peony

The delicate, pleasantly fragrant peony cannot be missed for its charm. It is a lush flower and is loved by many people as a Valentine’s Day flower. The color pink is chosen, though you get peonies in many a hue. Peonies are metaphors for shyness and hidden love. When you want to pass on just a hint of your feelings, this is the flower you may want to consider. To make peonies look a bit more dramatic in a bouquet, you may want to add an iris or two.

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Anemone

Again, anemones look a lot like roses, especially if you pick out red anemones. They are hardy flowers with long stems, but look exquisite. They survive well in bouquets and in vases. The anemone gives the message that you want to be in a relationship with someone. Anemones are a great choice for people who have been in longtime relationships, and for those who wish to suggest to someone to be their Valentine.

Lily

Whatever color variety you choose in the lily, you cannot go wrong with this beautiful all-time charmer. Pink, white, red and orange lilies are all suitable as Valentine’s Day flowers. If your partner is elegant and classy, a bouquet of these will endear them to you. They are dramatic and exude the most exquisite fragrance too. Oriental white lilies, the ones with the stunning aroma, can be combined with any other color lilies or roses, to give a sophisticated look. Explore the Star Gazer lilies too.

Chrysanthemums

“Mums” are lovely flowers to give on Valentine’s Day. Their heads are full and they come in a range of colors, such as red, yellow, peach, white and pink. The reds are deep reds and these signify love and sharing. They are long-stemmed blossoms and a variety of colors can be combined to make a glorious splash of color in any bouquet.