With the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle just having taken place, and the Chelsea Flower Show currently in full swing, flowers are everywhere at the moment. But did you know that many blooms have a hidden meaning? Here are some of our favourites ones.
Red Roses are well acquainted with love, but a Victorian may not have been so happy to have received a yellow rose as it was said to represent infidelity!
Fortunately, more modern times show a yellow rose as representing happiness, empathy and joy – phew, thank goodness for that!
These beautiful flowers are in full bloom from late spring to early summer and are therefore a popular choice for a wedding bouquet. They represent romance, wealth, elegance and honour, making them a perfect choice for many brides.
You may already know from Seres that silk is the traditional gift for a 12th wedding anniversary. But did you know that peonies are the official flower? The mass of soft petals coupled with tones of pinks and whites makes for a dreamy, romantic display.
“When it’s spring again, I’ll bring again, tulips from Amsterdam…” or so the song goes. But tulips are originally for Persia and Turkey and weren’t bought to Europe until the 16th century. They gained instant popularity and over the years different coloured tulips have been set to represent different things. A yellow tulip represents cheerful thoughts, white stands for forgiveness and purple tulips are symbolic of royalty.
Turkish legend says that a Prince fell in love with a maiden. On learning that his love had been killed, the prince was so grief stricken that he rode his horse over a cliff, killing himself. It is said that a red tulip sprang up where each drop of his blood fell and this has given the meaning of “perfect love” to the red tulip. Tulips are also the recognised flower for 11th wedding anniversaries.
On 19th May 2018 Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. As with many royal brides, she had myrtle in her bouquet. But why? Well, back in 1858 Queen Victoria’s daughter, also called Victoria, got married. She carried a sprig of myrtle from her mother’s garden as she went down the aisle, starting the tradition that is still maintained today.
The choice of bloom was a good one as myrtle has long been a bloom which signifies love and is the Hebrew symbol for marriage.
Our Own Celebration of Flowers!
At Seres we love flowers! The only sad thing is that they can’t last for long. However, we cheer ourselves up here with our flower-inspired earrings which bring joy day, after day, after day. Made from sterling silver, choose from our stylised round flower earrings or our pretty four-petal flower earrings.
We think they’re blooming marvellous! Hope you do to!