Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine's Day and the colourful messages of the flowers you send

5 days and counting! Ok! Ok! I know I’m early, but did you know that luck is when preparation and opportunity meets? Well the 14th February - Valentine's Day - might just be an opportunity that you have been waiting for. We can’t let you miss it, now can we?! Especially if many around the world will be aiming at the exact same opportunity ;)

Roses are red, violets are blue... what colour flowers will I be buying you? Well, I suppose it depends on the message that you want to send, but I thought to give you a few tips *wink* Hopefully it will be helpful all year long! – for those who believe that you should express your love every day, and not just once a year.

RED roses – Aah *sigh* Love, romance – Whether it be an established relationship, a budding romance or simply “just because” nothing says I love you quite like red. As a timeless and immeasurable source of inspiration red roses are often used in art (painting, music, poetry, etc.). It is said to have frequently appeared as political or religious symbols. Hmm... can’t say it makes me think of politics, but anyway. I’m sure I’m not the only one, however, it definitely proves a popular choice on Valentine’s Day, so don’t say you have not been warned *wink*

PINK roses – Love, gratitude, appreciation – Pink is one of the oldest roses known to us and holds a gentler meaning than red roses, but will surely make the recipient feel special. Pink roses gracefully and elegantly express gratitude, admiration, appreciation, sympathy (light pink) and also love. Pink roses are popular for the strong fragrance associated with roses in general.

YELLOW roses – Friendship, joy, get well – Yellow evokes feelings of happiness and warmth. Yellow being the colour of the sun this truly gives new meaning to the expression warm and fuzzy. This rose is also known for its sweet fragrance. This rose if often shared with a true friend, and suitably so, as friendship should be warm and bring a sweet fragrance to your life. Hard to believe that this rose was once associated with jealousy or a dying love but luckily not anymore, so if you want to brighten someone’s day, just do it!

WHITE roses – Purity, innocence, sympathy, spirituality – One of my personal favourites! Think wedding, new beginnings – untainted love. Every beginning has an end – remembrance, honour and respect at the departure of a loved one. Whether you are celebrating a new beginning, paying tribute at the end or expressing love, respect, friendship or hope, the underlying complexity of simple beauty remains purity of heart.

ORANGE roses – Desire, enthusiasm, passion – Ooh... fervent romance *wink*. A warm sunset, sweet citrus, a bridge between friendship (yellow) and romance (red); Orange come in many shades, from bright orange to a softer pastel – considered a popular one amongst rose enthusiasts. The orange rose was cultivated near the turn of the 20th century using advanced hybridization techniques with wild yellow roses. A halloween flower? Hmm... who sends flowers at halloween, I wonder, but a love message that rival the red rose... now that I can believe.

PURPLE roses – Enchantment, majesty, love at first sight – Enchantment I can well believe, but more because I have not seen this one that often – visually stunning, but rare. A whole bunch should say it beautifully, I think! Strikingly distinctive! (Maybe not so much as a fragrance for me, but as a colour... it could work well.) Purple is also a colour of majestic splendour and because of its uniqueness can make for an unforgettable experience for the one lucky enough to get a purple bouquet.

Blue roses do not exist, but oh! Just imagine if it did!

So maybe there is some psychology to the colour of the roses you choose, but maybe there is more to it than that. Maybe buying someone yellow roses because that is their personal favourite can say I love you as much as what red roses do.

Personally, I love red and white roses, but – if you ask me - just sending flowers says something in itself. Either way, flowers – not just roses – is a heart warming gesture, and almost always a wonderful surprise! So if you do plan on surprising someone on this specific day be sure to not leave it for the last minute!


  1. Orange roses are my personal fave, always have them somewhere in the house :)


  2. I also love flowers around - I love the smell of it!