In our modern world, flowers have lost a lot of their meaning, but it hasn’t always been this way.

In the tight-lipped Victorian era, flowers said what couldn’t be expressed with words.

Read below to find out what secret messages you may have received down the years.

What do the different flowers in my bouquet mean?


The colour of roses are important in their symbology

You’ve probably guessed this one, right? The L-Bomb. 

Well, there’s actually more to roses than you’d first think.

True, red roses symbolize love. And, similarly, white roses symbolize unrequited love (the ‘I love you forever’ type of love). However, did you know yellow roses symbolise jealousy? 

According to legend, whilst the Prophet Mohammed was away at war, he suspected his wife was being unfaithful. The Archangel Gabriel advised Mohammed that, upon his return, he should ask his wife, Aisha, to drop whatever she was holding into the water as a test. Should the colour change, he would know she had been unfaithful. 

 When Mohammed returned and asked Aisha to drop the roses she was carrying into the river, the red roses turned to yellow.

Talk about being caught out.

 Other rose colours with meanings include:

-      Blue: Meaning mystery and unreachability.

-      Orange: Meaning desire, enthusiasm and passion.

-      Pink: Meaning admiration.

 Feeling jealous, or want to express your eternal love? Contact us to arrange your bouquet delivery today.


Striped carnations: polite rejection.

Carnations date back 2,000 years. In China, they are the most popular wedding flowers, and they’re the Japanese go-to for Mother’s Day. 

Their symbolism, like roses, depend on their colour. So, check out this list before you send any, to avoid any awkwardness:

Dark red 

You’re safe with this one. Like the rose, this means deep love. 


Think carefully before sending striped carnations. To the Victorians, they meant “I’m sorry, but I can’t be with you.”


Straight-up rejection. To Victorian’s, the yellow carnation meant “No”. 


When’s the last time you ate some?

 A common misconception is that orchids are poisonous to cats and dogs, however this is not true.

Throughout the ages, the orchid has represented love, luxury and strength. 

More recently, this has shifted to represent rarity and delicate beauty. 

But, did you know, the word ‘orchid’ comes from the Greek word for testicles? 

 In Ancient Greece, people believed that, should a father eat large tubers of the plant, the child would be a boy. If the mother ate small tubers, she would most likely give birth to a girl. 

 The next time you are placing a bet on whether your loved one is having a boy or a girl, do your research and enquire as to the size of the orchid tubers the parents-to-be have been eating. 

What? It’s a perfectly normal question.

And now you know the secret of the gender-influencing orchid, there’ll be no more surprises.

Sorry for ruining every gender reveal party you’re going to attend from now on.

Now You’re ‘In The Know’

Feeling inspired? If you can’t wait to put your new knowledge to use.  Head over to our online storenow to send a secret message today. 

If you want to say something very specific, contact us for a bespoke order and we’ll arrange your message for you…

… Whether it’s “I love you”, “I can’t be with you”, or… “testicles.”

Anther Flowers Admin