The Language of Flowers

Mamakatslosinit put forth a writing prompt this week that asked the question “What type of flowers would be in a bouquet that describes you?”

The prompt was taken from this article and submitted by Perspicacity

Canturbury Bells – symbolize gratitude, and because I’m such a word girl, you will often find me being verbally thankful for just about any small kindness paid to me. I both need and freely give out words of affirmation.

Elderflower symbolizes compassion, and I am both very sensitive and very empathetic. I am easily moved both to tears and to action on behalf of others, and my heart is often broken for others’ pain because it hits that same place inside me that has hurt in a similar way.

Daisies – symbolize faith and patience. I do have a strong faith, and I have developed a lot of patience since becoming a mother.

Plumeria – signifies new beginnings. I am beginning a new chapter in my life, and I’m grateful and excited about it far more than I am afraid.

Snowdrops – stand for consolation and hope, and I try as often as I can to give those to others.

My favorite flowers are gerbera daisies and lavender, peach, and white roses. I used to prefer the white and yellow kind of daisy, but over time have come to love the variety of color the gerbera daisies have. A bouquet of one color or a rainbow of them, doesn’t matter. They just make me happy. And I was a teenager when I discovered the color variety in roses, and have preferred the non traditional colors over pink or red. Roses are strong and delicate at the same time, and I guess I’m not surprised I like them so much. You probably aren’t either. (That transparency thing gets me every time, doesn’t it?)

Lilac and honeysuckle remind me of home, because my mom grew them, so they also have a special place in my heart.

If you want to do this same descriptive bouquet prompt, the chart I took the flower meanings from is here. And the linkup at MamaKat’s for this prompt is here if you want to share your post with a wider audience.

Please tell me what your favorite flowers are in the comments!

Mama’s Losin’ It

29 thoughts on “The Language of Flowers

  1. First of all, thanks for the link to my blog (Perspicacity)!! Second, thanks for the link to the chart – I’ll need that as I do intend to write to this prompt eventually. Third, my favorite is tulips (red). According to the chart that means declaration of love so …….. for now I’ll assume it means I have some happy loving feelings for the world, not just a romantic thing! ps – the book The Language of Flowers is phenomenal – can’t recommend it highly enough.

    • Thank you for reading and commenting! Also, thanks for suggesting the prompt to Mamakat! I am enjoying reading the responses about flowers, and learning more about the writers. I’ll check out the book :)

  2. Tiger lillies. When I owned my house, I had a HUGE flower garden. That is the one thing I miss the most. Planting and tending to my flowers. Which is odd because I”m so not a girlie girl that likes to receive flowers but I love planting and then seeing them grow in my garden.

    • I would like to grow flowers, I haven’t cultivated much since I’ve lived in this house, but it would be a good place to start if I want to grow plants, maybe give me some encouragement to not kill off tomatos and pepper plants :) Thank you for reading!

  3. I love the meanings behind the flowers you chose. I’m not a huge flower fan but Gerbera daisies draw me in every time. They are so bright and cheery. I can’t look at them without smiling.

    Honeysuckle, magnolia, tiger lilies, & hibiscus remind me of home.

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Dana. I think we like the same thing about the gerbera daisies. I have tigerlilies that grow around my mailbox and have come to enjoy them too.

    • I know, it’s such a pretty season, I’m always glad to see flowers that bloom late into the year, and grateful for when the daffodils first show up in spring.

  4. It’s so fun learning more about you through flowers. Makes me wish my computer screen was scratch and sniff so I could smell all these flowers as I was reading about them and you.

    • Thanks, ive felt the same way as Ive read others’ responses to this prompt, I’ve learned several new things and discovered several new flowers,

  5. I really enjoyed this post. Peonies – that peppery smell from the dark red ones and the glorious careless blowsyness of the pink or white ones. And lilly of the valley – the way they almost hide in the leaves – a drop of dew will gather just where you pick the stem – and the scent. Also Papa Meilland roses – old fashioned deep red, scented.

  6. This is my first time visiting here and I love it!

    Flowers are wonderful… and I wish that I had more time to plant them all in my yard! I do have lavender which is one of my favorites! I love the smell… so relaxing, fresh & clean.

  7. My favourite flower is lavender. Definately. I once was at a beach on the Mediterranean Sea in southern Italy where the lavender grew thick and wild along the sand dunes. It was beautiful.

    • wow, I bet that was beautiful. I’d love to see things like that in nature that I’ve never experienced. I’ll have to go look for a picture of that! Thank you for reading and commenting today :)

    • Hi MamaKat :) Thanks for dropping by today! I’ll go look up dahlias too now… and I love research. I love self-analysis projects too, so this was a great prompt to put out, thank you so much!

  8. I love flowers. Both of my daughters have flower names. I once had a job selling flowers at a roadside flower stand. Everyone who came in was happy. Buying flowers brings out the best in people.
    I enjoyed reading your post with links to more information about the flowers. Favorite flower–do I have to choose just one? If I had room for only one flower in my garden, I would choose a vintage lavender rose with the fragrance of Fruit Loops.

  9. I love flowers too! During the time that I owned my flower shop, my love for flowers grew even deeper. Your favorites are some of mine too! During this time of year there are some amazing daisies that you can pick up – they are the burnt orange and burgundy colors. I just love those colors.

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