We celebrate Valentine’s Day every year on February 14. Today, we associate Valentine’s Day with love and romance. People celebrate love and passion by showering the people they love with cards and gifts. Flowers are the most popular and traditional gift that people give their loved ones for Valentine’s Day.
Every year, people in Antioch, Illinois, and the surrounding areas put their trust in Floral Acres Florist and Greenhouse when it comes to choosing the Valentine’s Day flowers to send to their loved ones. While we’re honored that our community trusts us so much, we understand that we have a responsibility to go above and beyond to ensure that we surpass the expectations of every customer who places an order for Valentine’s Day flowers.
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Valentine’s Day Flowers, Their Symbolism, and the Messages They Convey
When people think of Valentine’s Day flowers, they probably think of roses. And the fact that florists like us sell more roses than any other flower for Valentine’s Day is proof of that popularity.
- Red roses symbolize beauty, passion, and romance.
- Pink roses suggest warm affection.
- White roses symbolize innocence and purity.
- Yellow roses represent friendship.
Carnations symbolize beauty and pride.
- Red suggests admiration, love, and pride.
- Pink conveys a sense of the love of a mother or a woman.
- Purple is indicative of capriciousness.
- White represents innocence and pure love.
- Yellow represents disappointment, disdain, and rejection.
- Striped carnations represent a refusal.
Alstroemeria – Peruvian Lily
Alstroemeria is the flower of friendship. It is an ideal addition to an arrangement containing other flowers. It’s especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day when mixed with pink and red roses, and wax flowers as an accent.
Alstroemeria symbolizes devotion, fortune, prosperity, and wealth.
Tulips are an excellent choice for a budget-minded consumer. Red tulips are an excellent alternative to roses and carnations because according to floriography (the Language of Flowers), red tulips represent a love declaration.
Lilies are another top choice for Valentine’s Day flowers. They exude elegance.
- Orange lilies suggest passion.
- White lilies represent modesty and virginity.
- Yellow lilies symbolize gaiety.
- Lilies of the Valley represent the purity of the heart and sweetness.
Chrysanthemums symbolize fidelity, joy, long life, and optimism.
- Red chrysanthemums are synonymous with love.
- White chrysanthemums convey faithful love and truth.
- Yellow chrysanthemums are a sign of slighted love.
Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love and romance. For several hundreds of years, the Language of Flowers has communicated unspoken sentiments through flowers. There is no better way to express feelings of passionate love, desire, and romance than with Valentine’s Day flowers. When you give a loved one his or her favorite flowers on Valentine’s Day, your gift doesn’t just share the sentiments that are connected with the flower. It shows the recipient that you went the extra mile by remembering their favorite flower and taking the time to get those flowers for their Valentine’s Day gift.
If you’re tired of searching high and low for the perfect Valentine’s Day flowers for your loved one, you’ve come to the right place. Floral Acres Florist and Greenhouse’s talented team of passionate floral designers can help you customize an arrangement that will share any message you wish to convey. Call us or come in to discuss custom orders, or place an order online. Be sure to order Valentine’s Day flowers at least two weeks in advance. You don’t want to miss the chance to show your love through flowers.
The Origin of the Tradition of Giving Flowers for Valentine’s Day
The idea of giving Valentine’s Day flowers as gifts dates back to the early 1700s. The tradition was inspired by the Persian poetical art called “The Art of Flowers.” It is widely believed that Sweden’s King Charles II brought the art and tradition to Europe. The 18th century became the century for publishing floral lexicons – explaining the symbolism and message that various flowers in differing colors conveyed.
The language of flowers allowed people to use flowers to send secret messages to one another. Every flower and flower color had a unique meaning. The language of flowers made it possible for people to communicate with one another without spoken or written words.
The tradition of sending messages (romantic and otherwise) to people continued throughout the Victorian Era. As people realized that it gave them an acceptable way to express their thoughts and feelings without violating social practices that were cast.
Historical Basis for Valentine’s Day as a Romantic Holiday/Occasion
Long before Saint Valentine was alive, the Ancient Romans celebrated an annual holiday in mid-February. Lupercalia, as the holiday was known, was a fertility celebration.
Saint Valentine’s Day was originally a Catholic feast day. Sometime around 500 A.D., the Catholic church put the feast on the liturgical calendar. There are two vastly different legends about the origin of the feast day. Both stories refer to Saint Valentine as a Roman priest. According to the first story, two Roman priests shared Valentine as their last name. The two priests were martyred.
According to the second story, there was one Saint Valentine, and he was a Roman priest. He served the Church during the reign of a Roman emperor who issued a proclamation that forbade soldiers from marrying. The emperor believed that married soldiers were incapable of being good warriors. Saint Valentine thought differently, and he defied the emperor’s edict every time he presided over a soldier’s wedding.
To help soldiers recognize him, Saint Valentine wore a ring that bore the image of Cupid, a universal symbol of love (then and now.) Saint Valentine also passed out paper hearts as a reminder to Christians of their love for God. This legend led Saint Valentine to be known as the patron saint of love.
There is another story that claims to be the source of the origin of Saint Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine – or Valentinus, as he was known, helped Christians who endured persecution under the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II. During his reign, anyone who helped Christians in any way was guilty of a crime that was punishable by death. And Valentinus was imprisoned for his illegal activities.
During his time in prison, he befriended the prison guard’s blind daughter. The prison guard was one of Claudius’ lieutenants. Valentinus gave the guard’s daughter back her sight, and the whole family converted to Christianity. But they were also executed. Valentinus was beaten to death at the Flaminian Gate, which was renamed Porto Valenti, before being renamed later as Porto Popolo.
In 1381, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote his famous “Love Birds” poem, honoring the engagement of Anne of Bohemia and Richard II of England. This poem led to the association of the Feast of Saint Valentine and romance and love.