Happy Valentine’s Day…from your friends at Field of Flowers

DH Lawrence flower poem

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day. Let our blossoms, bouquets, and flower arrangements speak for you in their poetic language.

In store, online..and we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

The quote, “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and with out law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration,” is from D.H. Lawrence, novelist, poet, playwright, critic (1885 – 1930).

 

The Language of Flowers: What is the language of flowers?

Phlox flower means appreciation

The phlox flower meaning is appreciation. We appreciate your visit!

The Language of Flowers…it’s the word “the” that makes it sound so certain, as though there were just one meaning to each flower and one common worldwide language. The truth is that humans have been attributing meanings and symbolism to flowers for many centuries now, from the ancient Greeks and Turks, through India and China to Victorian-era England; and the meanings are not always consistent across the globe.

Chrysanthemums, MumsTake for example the chrysanthemum (aka “mum”):  the Victorian interpretation might be “truth” or “optimism”, while the Japanese might interpret the meaning as “long life” and “happiness”.  Or the peony: which the Victorian society might interpret as “anger”, while the ancient Greeks seemed to think the peony represented healing.  We use the word “might” because there is documentation of several meanings within these societies, and it isn’t always clear which were the most popular usage.

It is the Victorian use of flowers for communication which is most commonly referred to as the Language of Flowers.  In those days, flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, in a way that evaded the strict communication code between ladies and suitors of the time. The flower type and its color shaped the core of the meaning, though the presentation of the flower was equally important. If the blossom was presented facing upwards, a positive thought was intended. But an upside down blossom meant the opposite.  Flowers could even be used to answer a question – a flower handed over with the right hand meant “yes” and with the left meant “no”.

These Victorian suitors may also have benefitted from the fact that flowers in their beauty often say more than words can. In the early 1800’s, the poet Thomas Hood wrote, “sweet flowers alone can say what passion fears revealing.”  There was such a romance to it all, and what better to symbolize romance than flowers?

In the late 1800’s several, several dictionaries were published with the Victorian-era interpretations of flower meanings…and that is when is became more evident that there were sometimes several, inconsistent meanings of the same flower —  though it seems safe to say that the red rose has consistently represented love and romance.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s best-selling novel, The Language of Flowers, tells the story of a young woman from the foster-care system who uses the Victorian language of flowers to communicate with others and make sense of her troubled past. She also uses the duplicity of these flower meanings to help her main character, Victoria, recognize and deal with the unexpected. It’s a beautiful novel, and Vanessa is kind enough to share a free download of Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers here.

And here is our list of the most popular flowers and their meanings.

Flowers have always been a heartfelt gift of friendship, love, and respect…and they help you send your message in a unique way.  We encourage you to have fun with the language of flowers…your flower gift recipient will be delighted.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day. Let our blossoms, bouquets, and flower arrangements speak for you in their poetic language.

In store, online…and we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

The Language of Flowers: Proust Expresses our Gratitude

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” by Marcel Proust. Flowers and New Year quotes from Field of Flowers

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day. Let our blossoms, bouquets, and flower arrangements speak for you in their poetic language.

In store, online..and we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

Image featured is our Two Dozen Roses in Glass Sphere.  The quote, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom,” is from the French novelist, Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922).

The Language of Flowers: Shakespeare’s Christmas Merriment

Merry Christmas to our friends and customers.

"Merrily, merrily shall I live now. Under the blossom that hangs on the bough" quote from William Shakespeare with a Christmas flower arrangement from Field of Flowers.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for over 100 varieties in store every day. Let our blossoms, bouquets, and flower arrangements speak for you in their poetic language.

In store, online..and we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

The above image is a custom Christmas flower arrangement created by Field of Flowers’ floral designers. The quote, “Merrily, merrily shall I live now. Under the blossom that hangs on the bough,” is by the English playwright, William Shakespeare (1564 -1616).

Flowering Facts: Calla Lilies

The elegant Calla Lily

Elegant, dramatic, sophisticated, showy and classic are just a few words to describe the Calla lily flower.  The most common (though they could hardly be considered common) are the classic white callas which boast gorgeous tropical looking arrow-shaped leaves.

Traditionally, in the language of flowers, the Calla lily has always symbolized “beauty” – and it truly is one beautiful flower!   It became a familiar theme for artists of the Art deco period because of its extreme purity of line.

Its use as a flower in interior decorating is diverse.  Often you see one perfect Calla lily, the long-stemmed sole occupant of a stark modernist vase – the lone adornment in a minimalist interior.  It’s the perfect adornment, too – because your eye is drawn past all the nondescript neutrals of the room to this flower – so beautiful it hardly seems real – and yet as spare and minimalist as the room.

But turn the page, and there is another vase of Calla lilies – this time a whole bouquet of them in pinks and lavenders, looking right at home on the table of a country kitchen

Then there are the stunning hybrid ‘mini-callas’, with their elegant shape and wide range of colors such as mango, yellow and burgundy.  They are used frequently in bridal bouquets, but look equally at home arranged loosely in a vase.

Calla lily plants are also spectacular.  Available in an array of colors, when placed in a favorite basket or ceramic container, your Calla lily plant will give you pleasure for some time.

Place callas in a vase that is approximately 1/3 the height of the flowers for the best effect.

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You can call, click or come in to one of our Field of Flowers flower markets in Boca Raton, Miami or Davie, FL for your Callas by the bunch or in a designer created bouquet or flower arrangement.  In store…or we deliver flowers throughout South Florida.

(Note: This blog post, written by Donn F. Flipse, originally appeared as an article in Gold Coast Magazine)

Flowers Represent Emotions…

It’s not news that flowers represent emotions. But some flowers bring out different emotions from different people. At http://www.aboutflowers.com/, the research of Dr. Leatrice Eiseman is explored.
She developed a ‘color palette’ that works with flowers. Here’s an excerpt from her research.
Nurturing: A true sense of caring is created by a combination of colors that are fragile, soft and tender. Arrangements in pastel shades and the softest yellows, peaches, warm pinks, creamy whitand subtle greens make us feel safe, snug and loved. Considenurturing floral arrangement for a new mother, a sick friend or a grieving loved one – anyone who would benefit from a caring, loving embrace.
Romantic: A sensation of intimacy, nostalgia and comfort is captured in this color palette, a blend of delicate warm and cool colors with lavenders and pinks at its heart. Romantic arrangements express loving sentiments and admiration to mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, best friends, significant others and brides-to-be.
She also provides information regarding sensuous colors and flowers, as well as tranquil and whimsical. Is it any wonder that Rutgers University behavioral studies have proven that flowers provide a simple way to improve emotional health?
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