Flowers, a gift with meaning

In the XIX century was a popular parlor game called "Flirt flowers". Playing by exchanging cards, which depict various plants were without words telling each other about their feelings.

Flowers, a gift with meaning

The game remained in the distant past, but today there is a kind of symbolism in the selection of colors in the bouquet. Here are the flowers in a alphabetical order.

Pansies - fun, entertainment.

Astra - elegance, sophistication. Perhaps this is the value associated with the name of a flower, meaning in Greek "star".

Cornflower - simplicity.

Carnation - courage, bravery. Once the red carnation (like a rose of the same color) meant a fiery love, but ... all too often, these flowers were given to veterans and pinned to the obelisks. This tradition came to us from France, where red carnations gave the girl her lover, goes to war: "I love you, come back with a victory!" Napoleonic soldiers believed red carnation talisman exciting courage. The tape of the French Order of the Legion of Honor - the colors of red carnations. White carnation means good luck, and pink symbolizes maternal love.

Gladiolus - a willingness to sacrifice himself for the sake offavorite. flower name comes from the Latin gladis - sword, as the word "Gladiator." Stem Gladiolus really very similar to the blade. Hence, the Russian name of the flower - gladiolus. Ancient Roman gladiators believed that if gladiolus root hang as an amulet on his chest, it will save from death and help win the fight.

We have long forgotten that gladiolus - flowergladiators. We have it - the flower of first-graders: first of September, the children go to school more often than it is with bouquets of gladioli. Maybe flowers act as an amulet, designed to protect the child from all the vicissitudes of the new school life. And maybe, in a bouquet of gladioli "encrypted" is the message: "I love you, my first teacher, and ready to feats!"?

Calla - poise.

Camellia - admiration.

Bluebell - humility.

Lily of the valley - tenderness.

Lily - purity, innocence.

Daisy - doubt. In medieval Germany was the custom: if a girl is in response to a marriage proposal gave the groom a wreath of daisies, which meant that it was not prepared to consent to the marriage, but does not want to deny, and more willing to think.

Narcissus, contrary to the myth of Narcissus narcissistic, is not narcissism, but on the contrary - selfless knight love, do not expect a reward.

Nasturtium - a victory, conquest.

Logger - memory, fidelity, constancy.

Orchid - beauty, grace, refinement.

Petunia - anger, irritation. A suitable name chosen by JK Rowling for the Harry Potter aunt!

Peony - longevity.

Rose - love, worship. Red roses symbolize passion sensual (remember the song "Million scarlet roses"). Purple - an irresistible urge. White roses are traditionally the groom gives the bride, offering her his hand and heart. Pink roses - a declaration of love and request a vote of confidence. Hero songs, who gave his classmate pink roses Svetka Sokolova, wanted to tell her: "I love you, believe me!" Tea roses - "I remember all my feelings for you have not cooled down." Yellow roses mean no jealousy and no separation, like many mistakenly think, and wish health.

Chamomile - world. Bouquet of wild flowers - daisies, cornflowers, pansy - means something like: "We're friends. We are well and have fun together. " So, this bouquet is appropriate to give the person to whom you want to express our friendly feelings.

Tulip - pride.

Violet - modesty.

Chrysanthemum in the Russian tradition symbolizesdeep sadness (think the song "Faded long ago chrysanthemums in the garden"). In the East, this flower is associated with the sun and means longevity and prosperity. This is a national symbol of Japan; in the Rising Sun Country autumn festival is celebrated annually flowering chrysanthemums.

This short list of theme plant symbolismfar from being exhausted. In the old game "Flirt flowers" sometimes, perhaps, serious passions were running high. Imagine: Cavalier sends lady purple rose - "I'm madly in love, I'm blazing, I long for you!" And the answer is given a card with a picture of burdock ( "Sir, you are too intrusive, I do not like it!"), Or thistle ( "Beware I'll be able to stand up for yourself! "). Yes, our ancestors knew how to have fun! And we?