February is the "love month". As a symbol of love or adoration, people send flowers to their love ones. But did you know that the type of flowers, their colors and the quantity have different meanings?
Red: Love and Romance
Red is the symbol of love. To give red roses says "I love you still". One of the most universal of all symbols, the red rose represents true love. It has also appeared throughout history and across cultures as both a political and religious symbol.
Yellow: Friendship, Joy, Get Well
Throughout history, yellow has been closely associated with the sun, making these roses excellent for cheering people up. Yellow roses send a message of appreciation and platonic love. The color represents feelings of joy, delight and friendship - yellow roses don't specifically show love. They can also represent starting over,or a new beginning. Yellow tipped with red shows friendship falling in love.
Pink: Love, Gratitude, Appreciation
Pink carries with it the connotation of grace and elegance, as well as sweetness and poetic romance. To give pink roses shows grace, joy, and gratitude.
Dark pink roses are symbolic of gratitude and appreciation, and are a traditional way to say thanks.
Light pink roses are associated with gentleness and admiration, and can also be used as an expression of sympathy.Pale pink also has the meaning of fun attached to it.
White: Purity, Innocence, Sympathy, Spirituality
They also represent humility, youthfulness and charm.
Early tradition used white roses as a symbol for true love, an association which would later become the hallmark of the red rose. Also known as the bridal rose, the white rose is a traditional wedding flower. In this sense, white represents unity, virtue, and the pureness of a new love. White roses are also associated with honor and reverence, which makes them a fitting memorial for a departed loved one.
Orange: Desire, Enthusiasm and Passion
A literal mixture of yellow and red, orange roses were seen as a bridge between friendship symbolized by yellow roses and love represented by red roses. They can be an expression of fascination, or a gift to say 'I'm proud of you'. These would be a great choice to give to someone if you want the relationship to develop further. Lilac and Lavender roses also show these feelings.
Lavender: Enchantment, Majesty, Love at First Sight
The color purple has a traditional association with royalty. In this regard, shades of lavender roses suggest an air of regal majesty and splendor.
The following are the significant numbers associated in giving roses...
1 - Love at first sight - you are "the one"
2 - Mutual love and feelings
3 - Also says "I Love You".
7 - Together for ever
10 - Represents perfection. To give someone 10 roses shows you feel that way about them.
12 - The standard for "be mine". Often given on Valentines day, when for a married couple,actually 7 or 10 might be a better choice. (slightly cheaper as well! ;-)
13 - A sign of enduring friendship
15 - I'm sorry