Valentine's is just around the corner, and we might be biased but there really is little else that says 'I love you' like a surprise bunch of beautiful blooms on your doorstep. But why is that?
The language of flowers, or floriography, if you're feeling fancy, is nothing new. In fact, there's examples of people using flowers as symbols of something else for hundreds of years (even Shakespeare was doing it) but it really came into its own in the 19th century with the Victorians.
Big fans of both flower gardens and coded innuendo, in a time where even showing your ankle was considered risqué, using flowers provided Victorians a way of getting flirty on the down low, with various flowers suggesting different things, very often related to matters of the heart. And it seems they were onto something, because a lot of that symbolism persists today! Here's some of our favourites for Valentine's Day!
Roses - LOVE, pure and simple
Ok, no prizes for guessing that one. But did you know that different colours of roses are supposed to indicate different kinds of love?
Red is true romance (can we get some Call it Fate up in here?) whilst pink is a love filled with admiration and gratitude. Feeling a bit coy? Go with peachy tones for sweetness and modesty or white for innocence and naivety!
Tulips - declarations of love
Feeling a bit smitten? Got a crush you're too shy to tell? Get some tulips on the case.
Lisianthus - gratitude
Thankful for your loved ones each and every day? Pop some lizzies in to let them know.
Carnation - devotion
Someone really got a hold on you? These long-lasting beauties stick around for a while to show you're in it for the long haul!
Tuberose - dangerous love
The seductive scent of this lusty little number says it all!