Thinking of getting the one you love flowers this Valentines day? If red roses just aren’t your thing, consider making a bouquet with flowers and herbs that have as much meaning as red roses, but say a whole lot more. Roses come in a wide range of colors and we all know that red symbolizes love and passion, but did you know that lavender roses mean love at first sight? Here are a few alternative rose colors and their meaning.
Pink: Admiration, Appreciation, Grace and Gentleness.
Yellow: Joy, Friendship and Falling in love
Orange: Desire and Enthusiasm
Roses are not the only meaningful blossoms. Check out some these popular blooms, potted plants and herbs to add to your Valentines bouquet.
Basil: Good Wishes
Calla Lily: Beauty
Daisy: Hope and Innocence
Lily: Purity and Beauty
Orchid: Love and Beauty
Queen Ann’s Lace: Protection
Tulip, Red: Declaration of love
Violets: Loyalty and Virtue
Yarrow: Everlasting love
Design tips for the perfect floral arrangement:
When choosing flowers, always select healthy, fresh stems. Avoid any flowers with browning edges or limp stems.
Once you bring your flowers home, place in water. Recut a 1/4″ to an 1″ to reopen the stems to take up water. You will cut more depending on your arrangement size and remove any lower leaves on the stems. Use warm water in container and add a floral preservative.
Choose a color palette of no more than three colors in varying shades and tones. Depending upon the size of the arrangement. Too many colors can look too busy.
Select container, whether it is a vase or a bowl shape you want to design the arrangement no larger than one and a half sizes taller than the container.
Add filler for extra dimension. Having an arrangement filled with luscious blooms is just not enough. Add a little greenery, like Baker fern, Pittosporum foliage, and even Eucalyptus seed heads in between flowers. Add some drape around the base of the arrangement.
Change water daily and keep arrangement out of the direct sunlight in a cool environment. This will keep your bouquet fresher longer.