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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Orange Blossoms Mean What?

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Roses are red, violets are blue, but back in the Victorian age, a rose was anything but its name.

Mary Murray's Flowers are slinging bouquets left and right to customers who want to show their love and appreciation to their significant others. Although, in Victorian times those yellow roses may not be the flower to give to your darling.

"You would probably steer away from yellow roses, anything that would represent jealousy," Gaylyn Wattman, owner of Mary Murray's Flowers said. "Orange blossom was a sign of fertility, so you might want to steer away from that."

According to Wattman, flowers would be passed back and forth with hidden meanings in those days.

"In Victorian days, it was sort of a code, so not everyone spoke that language. That's why it was so effective," Wattman said. "People could secretly pass flowers back and forth with these little hidden meanings, that's why there is so many different interpretations."

Baby's Breath for example seems fairly delicate and classic. In Victorian days, Baby's Breath symbolized happiness and was considered a playful flower. Today, it holds a classic look and could mean going the extra step.

If a gentleman was courting a young lady, a gladiola or a lily would not be the flower of choice. Both of those symbolized funerals or bereavement. So if you go by the Victorian code, best not give the missus a gladiola.

Wattman also offers up advice for the young couple who might be celebrating their first Valentine's Day.

"Best to stay with the red rose, to this day still symbolizes romance and there's no getting away from that," Wattman said. "If you want to dial it back a bit, you might do something like Gerber daisies, or some hydrangeas and other more beautiful blossoms that can still be festive, but not quite send too heavy a message."

For all the gentleman in the Tulsa area who just realized  Valentine's Day is tomorrow, Wattman has some advice for you too.

"It's not so much what the lady gets, or when she gets it or how big it is, it's what she doesn't get," Wattman said. "If someone does not get flowers in the office, that's the message that speaks louder than any floral language you could ever come up with. Just being forgotten is not a good language."

So don't forget your lady, sir.

And no doubt the men don't like to be forgotten either, right?

 

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