Welcome to Part Three of our Secret Language of Flowers series, where we explore flowers and their meanings that we love to work with. If you missed Part One or Part Two, head back to the ‘Blogs’ section of our website to explore even more flowers and their meanings. LULLY & ROSE Floral Studio is a boutique floral studio located in the heart of the Gold Coast, and we work with only the freshest and best local, seasonal florals and foliages available to make your arrangement dreams come true. If you want to include some special flower and their meanings in your next floral delivery, look no further than one of these.
Is there anything the stunning purple lavender flower can’t do? Popular in natural remedies, lavender can be consumed in teas for a relaxing effect and is a popular essential oil for aromatherapy and its antimicrobial properties. Looking out over a lavender field itself is a remedy for stress, with the acres of neat rows of purple and mauve hues swaying rhythmically. The most popular types of lavender are English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Lavandin. Symbolically, lavender flowers embody the qualities of purity, devotion, serenity and grace. Their purple colour is associated with the crown chakra, one of the seven energy centers of the body. Located at the top of the head, the crown chakra or ‘sahasrara’ connects you to the spiritual and divine world, and influences the emotions, brain and nervous system. Include lavender in your bouquets for a loved one who needs some extra peace in their life or is working on a journey to enlightenment.
Lilies are instantly recognisable with their six elegant petals opening out to a trumpet shaped flower and distinctive stamen at the centre. Lilies can be solid in colour or have unique, striking patterns on their petals. They have long, tall stems with narrow leaves, which gives them a beautiful element of dimension and they make a lovely feminine addition to your arrangement. At LULLY & ROSE Floral Studio, we typically work with lilies in shades of white and pinks. When we look at these flower and their meanings, the lily typically represents purity, fertility and fresh life. To go one step further, white lilies are more often associated with purity and modesty (beautiful for wedding bouquets or funeral arrangements) and pink lilies represent love, admiration, compassion and femininity (a great choice for both female family members and anniversary deliveries). If you’re sending flowers to a cat lover, leave the lilies out as they are well known to be very poisonous to feline friends.
Available in varying shades of white, cream, pink, purples, mauves and greens, the unique Lisianthus flower is one of the only florals that comes naturally in green. Shaped similarly to a rose, these refined and dainty florals can bloom as either a single or double flower with beautifully textured ruffled edges. These are very meaningful flowers to send, with associations such as appreciation, gratitude, charisma, charm, confidence and gratitude. They also make stunning flowers for an expression of true love, as they can represent a life-long bond between two people. If star signs are your thing, they are also the birth flower for Sagittarius.
Related to daffodil and jonquil floral varieties, the paperwhite narcissus is a sweet star-shaped floral with multiple highly perfumed flowers clustered together to create depth and fullness in the bouquet. Despite their name, paperwhites can also be found in yellow and orange, though the crisp white colouring is the most common. Paperwhite narcissus are the birth flowers for December, and are also representative of good wishes, faithfulness, and respect.
Parrot Tulips have frilly, twisted petals that curl in a unique way and resemble the bold feathers of the tropical bird after which they are named. These florals make an interesting addition to your bouquet and are sure to be a conversation starter with their frilled edges and bold accents. Learn more about these flower and their meanings when we cover tulips in the final installment of this series.
It would be remiss of us to have any kind of list which does not include the lush peony, one of our favourite and most requested florals. Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour and are the traditional floral symbol of China, as well as being Indiana’s state flower. Peonies boast luxurious and full flower heads with dozens of petals unfolding into their unmistakable rounded shape in shades of white, cream, pinks and coral. The romantic peony represents prosperity, good fortune and a happy marriage. They’re the traditional flower to give on the 12th wedding anniversary, also known as the silk anniversary, representing the smooth as silk journey ahead of you after facing both the good times and the bad with your spouse after over the last 12 years. Celebrating this anniversary is all about luxury, and, as the flower of good fortune, a bouquet of peonies fits the theme of this beautiful celebration of your relationship. You may even have had peonies in your bridal bouquet, making them even more meaningful!
Phalaenopsis Orchids, also known as Moth Orchids, are available in both their natural tones of white, purple, pinks, and apricot and imported tinted varieties such as mocha or peach. Whether freshly cut or potted, Phalaenopsis Orchids make a perfect gift for many occasions such as birthdays, Mother’s Day, newborn arrivals, graduations, housewarmings, anniversaries and more. Symbolic of pure love, beauty, luxury and toughness, the elegant and refined Phalaenopsis Orchid is sure to surprise and delight.
Poppy flowers are a much loved floral and hold special significance. Poppies characteristically have four or six large, delicate, paper petals which create a deep bowl shape around their fringed centre. They are most often seen in red, orange, yellow, lemon and white hues. Red poppies are a symbol of war remembrance all over the world, and in Australia are worn or included in wreaths on Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day. Poppies have ANZAC Day significance as they were flowering in Turkey in April 1915 when the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli, and continue to flower in the region every Spring. Some other colours of poppy flowers and their meanings are white poppies to symbolise peace and remembrance for all casualties of war, purple poppies to represent remembrance of animals lost during war, and black poppies to commemorate all of those who have died and are dying as a result of war and the complicated legacy it leaves.
Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne’s Lace, available in white, purple, and chocolate, is a fern-like plant with dynamic foliage in a shape reminiscent of a glowing sparkler or burst of fireworks. Tall, textured stems hold a starburst cluster of little white flowers which emanate from a dark centre. In the secret language of flowers, Queen Anne’s Lace represents safety, refuge and a happy home, and is sometimes referred to as ‘the bishop’s flower’. Other legends say that the dark centre of the flower is a single drop of blood left by Queen Anne as she completed a challenge to create lace that was as beautiful as a flower.
Ranunculus flowers, also known as buttercups, are a picture perfect floral with a rose-like shape. Their delicate petals are like tissue paper forming protective swirls around a yellow and green centre to create a beautiful, layered appeal. Suitable for a variety of occasions, ranunculus flowers can be selected based on colour meanings: pink for romance, love, sympathy and admiration, orange for positivity, joy, and happiness, red for passion and romantic love, yellow for friendship and joy, purple for elegance, beauty and charm, and white for elegance, pure love, innocence and grace.
Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? We think so! Roses are a classic choice for a number of occasions, and they are best known for their colour significance. Red roses are the traditional symbol for romantic love, whereas pinks are indicative of sweetness: dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and their light pink counterparts are often used to show gratitude or express sympathy. Peach roses, on the other hand, represent harmony, peace, and sincerity. In the secret language of flowers, lavender roses can mean enchantment, splendour and love at first sight. In more vibrant tones, orange roses are symbolic of friendship and love, and yellow roses are for luck, platonic friendship and joy. White roses, like many white flowers and their meanings, are symbolic of purity and virtue. They are often used as sympathy flowers or for bridal bouquets to symbolise the purity of a new love.
If this exploration of flowers and their meanings has you feeling inspired for your next flower delivery, order fresh, luxury floral and foliage arrangements from LULLY & ROSE Floral Studio. Offering same day delivery by our specialised floral couriers, Avidity Deliveries, to the Gold Coast and surrounds, you can rest assured your florals will arrive on time for that next special occasion, delivered with the love and care with which they were created. Explore our luxury floral designs today: our highly experienced florists can’t wait to create something special just for you.