*this is a collaborative piece*
You cannot fail to have noticed that Valentine’s Day is on it’s way. The shops are full of cards and chocolates and ideas for gifts. I don’t tend to be that soppy or romantic, I lean towards being more practical and pragamatic, but the husband is very much a romantic type so he does like to make a fuss on Valentine’s Day and I can’t say that I mind too much! He always buys me flowers and has done since we were dating, oh so long ago.
Flowers are a way that many people send their love or treat someone to, and they are always a gift that if chosen well, you can’t go wrong with. Do you know why people send flowers on Valentine’s Day? I did a little bit of research, because I wasn’t sure why.
The history of giving your loved one Valentine’s Day flowers comes from the old-fashioned custom of sending floral bouquets to pass on non-verbal messages. Introduced in the 18th century by Charles II of Sweden, each flower had a specific meaning attached to it, making it possible to have an entire conversation using only flowers. Today, people continue to send flowers on special occasions or to express sentiments of love and admiration. In the 19th romantic Victorians also used floral bouquets to deliver a message to love interests to demonstrate that they were, in fact, interested in the recipient of the flowers. The rose, particularly red roses were used for this, and so down the years, it has become traditional that red roses feature when sending flowers to the one you love. To be sent a beautiful bunch of red roses meant someone was potentially very serious about their romantic intentions towards you. Quite romantic, really. The Victorians loved secrets and mysteries, so sometimes it was even done without letting the recipient know who the sender was, along with an elaborate card, a tradition that still carries on today. I personally have never had flowers sent to me anonymously by an admirer, but I can imagine it would be rather thrilling and mysterious.
I am personally, a bit of a traditionalist, myself and whilst I love all flowers, I do really prefer roses for Valentines Day and would choose them every time. I really don’t think there is anything nicer than sending or presenting someone a gorgeous bunch of cut fresh roses, they really are the classic way to show someone you love them. If you take the time to choose the roses you send, thinking about what that person would love, and appreciate, you really are sending them a message you care.
The ultimate romantic bouquet of velvety red roses, so favored for that most romantic of days. I had red roses at my wedding, I’ve always had a soft spot for them.
Roses are classy and beautiful and they bloom and look lovely wherever you put them when they arrive.
I also love the paler pastel shades of roses and I don’t think you can go wrong with a pretty bunch of pink roses, for someone who loves the more delicate touch.
Or you could opt for something more vibrant.
Whatever you choose, for the one you love, roses really are that perfect way to make sure they know they are special. For me, saying it with roses is really the only way.
What favourite flowers would you like on Valentine’s Day, roses, like me, or do you have another bloom in mind?