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Floriography 101: Gratitude

September 21, 2020

Floriography 101: Gratitude

A flower is not a flower alone; A thousand thoughts invest it’.                                                                                                    Mandy Kirkby

What is Floriography?

Floriography is defined as ‘The language of flowers’ and dates back thousands of years.  It was during Victorian times that people really started to appreciate the meaning of flowers and the emotion and symbolism behind them. During this time, floriography was serious business. It was poet Lady Mary Wortley Montagu who began the fascination with floriography amongst the aristocracy. It then filtered down in the decades that followed to arts, design and literature. It was used by famous artists like Charlotte Bronte in their novels. Floriography was so popular, that books and dictionaries were written to show the meaning behind each flower. The type of flower you choose can allow you to ‘speak’ using flowers, in a way that no other gift can.

Choosing the right flowers

Flowers have been used for centuries as a way of showing how we feel. In this post, we’ll be focusing on gratitude. Gratitude is such a positive emotion, but it can sometimes be overlooked. You can be grateful to others for a whole range of different things, or even grateful to yourself for having a great week (self-care is very important!). No matter the reason, showing your gratitude is good for others and good for you. If you’re looking to show your gratitude with a bouquet of flowers, here are some specific blooms that represent just that:

Hydrangea

Hydrangeas were first discovered in Japan and their meaning also stems from this part of the world.

It is said that Hydrangeas were given to the Japanese Emperors maidens, to thank them for forgiving him.

Pansy

Pansy comes from the Latin word pensare which means ‘to think of’ or ‘consider’. Because of this, the pansy is the perfect flower to show your gratitude to someone you love, someone who has supported you, or anyone who you want to show your thanks to.

Roses

Roses are often linked with love and romance, so avoid the red ones if you’re buying for a colleague or friend. However pink and yellow roses have long been associated with gratitude. You can create the perfect ‘thank you’ bouquet by combining both into one stunning display.

Yellow Tulips

Tulips are a popular and diverse flower with many different meanings. Yellow tulips symbolise gratitude as well as good wishes towards others, making them a great choice for anyone who deserves a heartfelt thank you.

Campanula

There are many varieties of the Campanula, and you may know them as their common name ‘bellflower’. These flowers grow into bell or cup shapes and come in different shades of blue. It is a great flower to convey feelings of gratitude and they are available for many months of the year.

You can let the flowers do the talking by purchasing a beautiful bouquet from Floriade, featuring a flower that shows how thankful you really are.

World Gratitude Day

In these tough times, it’s important to take a moment to think about what we’re grateful for. This Monday 21st September is World Gratitude Day and it’s an ideal opportunity to think about what you’re thankful for. It could be to show your gratitude for our amazing health workers and armed forces, thanking your best friend for dog-sitting, or simply thanking your mum ‘just because’. Surprising your loved ones with a bouquet will show them how truly thankful you are, through all the good times and bad.

 The colours pink and yellow are said to represent gratitude, so there are lots of ways you can incorporate this into your day. Try making a pink and yellow cake, decorate your home with flowers and write a list of everything you’re thankful for. Don’t forget to share your World Gratitude Day celebrations with us, we’d love to see.

A Thank You From Us

It’s fair to say that 2020 really hasn’t panned out how we expected. But this World Gratitude Day, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank you, our customers and friends, for being so supportive during these unusual times. We are so grateful for your continued loyalty and we are so thankful to be sharing our passion with you again. 

To create the perect bouquet for World Gratitude Day, or to say ‘thanks!’ at any time of the year, the flower experts at Floriade are here to help. Simply get in touch or visit our store, we’d love to help you say it with flowers.




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