The Language of Flowers
Many different flowers are also associated with this day, given as tokens of love. A European belief in the power of the saffron
coloured crocus to attract attention of a lover is best done if worn in the buttonhole. Armed with this she is more likely
to meet her future intended. In order to dream of a future husband on this night one European custom often followed was the
placing of fresh Bay Leaves under the pillow the night before.
The type of flowers sent or decorating a card adds further meaning to a Valentine card and has come to be known as 'The Language
of Flowers'. Some of the most well known Valentine flowers to be used to decorate the cards are highlighted below with an
idea of the specific symbolism behind their inclusion, not all of which indicate love blossoming but also love on the wain.
Almond Blossom~As a symbol of hope, sweetness, delicacy.
Anenome~As a symbol of withered hopes, a dying love.
Forget-me-not~As a symbol of true love
Lily~As a symbol of purity (white), gaiety or falsehood (yellow).
Periwinkle~As a symbol of early friendship (blue), happy memories (white).
Poppy~As a symbol of fantastic extravagance (scarlet), consolation (red). If the love is faithful,placing a petal in the
palm of the hand and hitting it with a fist should produce a popping sound
Rose ~As a symbol of love, pure and lovely (red rose buds), jealousy (yellow). This flower is dedicated to love.
Snowdrop~As a symbol of hope, consolation. The flower is thought mythologically to have been a snowflake which was transformed
to comfort Adam and Eve after they had been expelled from the Garden of Eden.
Sunflower~As a symbol of the sun, and also haughtiness.
Tulip~As a symbol of powerful love being declared (red), hopeless love (yellow). The heart burning symbolically like a