Thomasville Scene February / March 2019 - Page 18

| gardening | Flowers that Speak the Language of Love written by Pat Pankey F lowers have a symbolic language that has been recognized throughout the world for centu- ries. Nearly every senti- ment imaginable can be portrayed through flowers. Because Valen- tine’s Day occurs this month, let’s look at flowers that express feelings of love. Each color holds a different meaning. Yellow expresses friend- ship and joy. Pink is for gratitude, appreciation and admiration. Or- ange signifies enthusiasm and de- sire. White means love at first sight and enchantment; it also is used to signify purity, innocence, sympathy and spirituality. Eternal Love Arbutus signifies eternal love and devotion. In Victorian days, it was one of the most romantic flow- ers to send to a loved one. It meant, “Thee Only Do I Love.” Roses Forget-me-nots The symbolism of myrtle flow- ers is considerable. They are one of the definitive symbols of mari- tal love, partnership and fidelity. Myrtle flowers were often given to brides and used as wedding deco- rations to bring good luck to the bride and groom. By the way, this is neither our well-known Southern crepe myrtle nor wax myrtle. It is the “ordinary” or “common” myr- Roses Red roses are the famous, tra- ditional Valentine flowers and are the ultimate expression of roman- tic love. In fact, they are called the “lover’s flowers.” They signify per- fect, happy, everlasting love. Their vivid color also expresses passion. A red rosebud signifies love- liness, youthful purity and inno- cence. 18 February - March 2019 Thomasville Scene Arbutus Forget-me-nots also mean true, undying love and a connection that lasts through time. Their flowers are small but their symbolism is long-term. They are reminders of wonderful memories and carry the desire to always be remembered. Mediterranean Myrtle