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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!

Roses

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

Tulips

White tulips: Forgiveness

Red tulips: Perfect love

Yellow tulips: Cheerful friendship

Carnations

Light red carnations: Admiration

Dark red carnations: Deep love

White carnations: Pure, true love

Pink carnations: Motherly love

Camellias

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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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Friends:
I think having 1 to 3 good/best friends plus multiple "normal friends" is pretty healthy. That way, you have a select amount of people you can confide in about problems if your parents are momentarily unavailable or if you're uncomfortable speaking with your parents about the problem, as well as some people you can have conversation with every now and then. Having friends is great, but I personally think that bonding with too many or not enough people isn't exactly... good. To choose, though, I would rather have a few close friends than many non. :P
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Error44
Error44 posted in Friends:
I have no sister,,ohh but I have 2 Brothers
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Error44
Error44 posted in Friends:
"thrt105" wrote:I have ALOT of friends. I used to have one BFF but she ditched me. After that, I couldn't trust people. I started making more friends so someone would be there for me and I would be there for them. Now, I don't have a BFF. Just a ton of close friends, which I like. But I don't know if I made the right choice of doubting everyone or not.Thank you my friend, maybe fear of being ignored causes this reaction from us but as we know having friends is always good and no one can deny it.I am sure you will find who you are looking for, give yourself some time.It will be fine.
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Pink_Cool_Girl
Pink_Cool_Girl posted in Style:
Ahh, ok
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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Style:
ice ice baby and if that doesn't work then you should probably see a doctor
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