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The Meanings of Flowers

Feb 04, 2012

Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and friendship in many countries around the world. One of the most popular ways to express your feelings for someone is by giving a gift -- usually one made out of candy, chocolate or flowers.

Why flowers, you may ask? Well, that’s a good question! It turns out that certain types of flowers are tied to certain meanings. It began with the ancient Japanese practice of Hanakotoba, which means the “Language of Flowers”. Flowers were given certain code words so that people could secretly communicate how they felt about each other through their gifts. The practice was brought to Europe in the 1600’s when the idea of romantic love was really taking off, and it continues today!

Here’s a guide to the more popular Valentine’s Day flowers you can give your loved ones this year. (Or a guide to decoding the ones you get from a mysterious admirer.) And while you’re thinking about it, pick up some pink carnations for your mom on February 14th!


Red roses: True love

White loves: Young love and devotion

Yellow roses: Friendship and caring

Pink roses: Appreciation and happiness

Orange roses: Passion and excitement

Purple roses: Love at first sight


White tulips: Forgiveness

Red tulips: Perfect love

Yellow tulips: Cheerful friendship


Light red carnations: Admiration

Dark red carnations: Deep love

White carnations: Pure, true love

Pink carnations: Motherly love


Red Camellias: in love

Yellow Camellias: longing

White Camellias: waiting

Other Flowers

Daisies or Lavender: Faithful

Forget-Me-Nots: True love

Gardenias: Secret love

Orange Lilies: Revenge

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What Are You Giving Your Valentine?

  • The usual - red roses and a box of chocolates.
  • Something homemade, like cookies or a mixed CD.
  • Tickets to a sports game.
  • Nothing cuz I'm broke.

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Totoro57 posted in Family Issues:
I like My Neighbor Totoro, great soundtrack, smooth animation, and TOTORO!!!!!!!!!!!!
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​Dear Dish-It,              I have a huge crush on this really cute boy named Austin. He is so sweet and shares many character traits as me. I am super worried since next year we have our first dance and I'm worried about if he'll ask me. But, that's beyond the point. His best friends keep telling me that he is madly in love with me so I really want to talk to him. I am so worried about what will happen though. We are already great friends and I don't want to ruin what we have no. I am so confused. Please, please help! :love :mad :sad PS. Did I mention that I have a HUGE crush on him?                        Sincerely, Love-Sick and Confused Youre worried about a dance for next year? ​Anyway, just talk to him, and maybe even tell him how you feel.
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because they're beautiful XD
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((XD))Why does there had to be so many characters Whyyyyy
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