Talking Flowers: A Valentine's Day Guide to Flowers and Their Meaning

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In addition to their diverse beauty, flowers also say different things. In Victorian times, when flirtation and conversation was discouraged, lovers exchanged flowers and nosegays in discretion, to convey messages through symbolic meaning. So pick something that really speaks to your love. Here's what some of my favorites say:

talking flowers | a valentine's day guide
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For me, flowers are always a perfect gift. I love them in all of their beautiful forms. Well, almost all. And at Valentine's Day, in the bleak of winter, they are a welcome sight. But having been a floral designer for many years I know the inflated prices this holiday and the myopia surrounding the red rose. The thing is, you don't have to buy roses. I would rather not have red roses at Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong, I love roses, but there are so many more interesting, more unique, more fragrant, and more personal options to choose from.

More personal? In addition to their diverse beauty, flowers also say different things. In Victorian times, when flirtation and conversation between lovers was discouraged, flowers and nosegays were exchanged in discretion, to convey messages through the flowers' symbolic meaning. So pick something that really speaks to your love. Here's what some of my favorites say:

FIRST FLOWER: RANUNCULUS

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