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THE LANGUAGE OF THE BLOOM – Flowers

Have you ever visited a beautiful flower garden and taken time to observe the natural variety of colors and hues? From the deep passionate red of the rose to the delicate and gentle lavender clematis, each tells their own language – be that the language of love and admiration or a heartfelt message of sympathy.

So what does each color signify? What do we need to know when choosing a floral gift or flowers for a particular occasion?

 

Red Flowers

Demanding attention and capturing a vibrant, passionate energy, red is the color of love and romance – giving red roses is well known as being a traditional romantic gesture. Red flowers are a close symbol of the heart – they are powerful, command respect, and are dynamic and impulsive, but above all symbolise desire, love and admiration.

Pink Flowers

Pink colored blooms represent fresh beginnings and convey the sweetness of youth. It’s also a romantic colour symbolising grace and innocence. Light pink flowers suggest a feminine energy while brighter shades suggest friendship, happiness and love.

Blue Flowers

Blue is an unusual color for flowers with most containing a hint of purple. Truly blue flowers represent tranquillity and harmony – giving out a sense of honesty and security, calming worries with an air of peace and openness.

White Flowers

White is the colour of the circle of life. White flowers given at significant life occasions such as a birth conveys innocence, love, peace and purity. Equally they are often noted at funerals as well as weddings for being that gesture of respect to highlight the peace and purity aspect. A bouquet which features predominantly white blooms is graceful, elegant and demonstrates a simple, but natural beauty

Yellow Flowers

Yellow flowers symbolise the color of the sun, evoking happiness, friendship, success, pride and joy. Yellow is a color associated with spring time –new beginnings and fresh hope. The daffodil and sunflower, typically spring time blooms, signify this light hearted, relaxed and happy time.

Lavender Flowers

Lavender flowers personify femininity, refinement, grace and evoke memories of our youth – Lavender scented drawers and distinctive lavender perfumery display a delicate mix of old fashioned quaintness and modern day timeless and elegance. Lavender flowers are a softer shade of purple, and whilst not symbolising the regal qualities of purple, lavender sends out a message of youthful beauty.

Orange Flowers

Orange colored flowers are bold, full of life and suggest a flamboyant air. Orange blooms will speak for themselves in terms of evoking confidence, enthusiasm and friendship. Often seen in floral arrangements where people may gather together to discuss ideas, orange flowers are fiery and vibrant and are therefore used to help bring out passion, boldness and natural exuberance.

Green Flowers

Traditionally green flowers are said to bring good luck or good health – the clover and shamrock being examples. Green is the color of nature and perfectly complements other colors for being a balanced tone. It represents the optimism of renewal, of spring and of youthfulness.

Purple Flowers

As a color purple has long been associated with royalty, dignity and ceremony, purple flowers also symbolise this. Traditionally used for dignified or successful occasions, purple flowers highlight admiration and adoration. They have a distinctive charm – an almost enchanting elegance brought about as a result of their ceremonial use.

 

So as can be seen, flowers have a significant, yet hidden language. Next time you need to think about sending a bouquet or even visit a stunning floral exhibition, you’ll be able to understand the emotion behind each color and see nature in a new light.

What is your favorite color?

 

Featured FOOD

Flower Friday: 10 Edible Flowers

In the spirit of Flower Friday, we are talking about Flowers. You can use blooms to decorate food and dessert. Not only are many edible, they are a beautiful way to add a little touch of color to your food. Adding flowers to your food is a beautiful way to add flavor and some color and even spice.

The use of flowers as a culinary experience dates back to thousands of years to the Romans and Chinese. They used flower petals in salads, teas and as an exotic garnish for desserts.

But before you go out in your garden and harvest a bunch of flowers for lunch or dinner, it is important to remember that some flowers are poisonous. Organic or not, all flowers should be shaken and washed in gold water prior to use, as the may have bugs and insects on them and pollen that may cause an allergic reaction.

To ensure a risk free experience, I suggest purchasing your edible flowers at the grocery store.

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What kind of flowers can you eat:

  • Daisy
  • Hibiscus
  • Lavender
  • Marigold
  • Lilac
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Allium
  • Arugula
  • Fuchsia
  • Jasmine

Example of Usage:

  • To flavor butter
  • With pasta
  • In punch or tea
  • Atop salads
  • In soups
  • Flavoring vinegars
  • Decorating Desserts

Whole Foods : Edible Flowers

REMINDER: Individuals consuming the flowers, plants, or derivatives listed here do so entirely at their own risk.

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