For some history on the origins of birth month flowers, take a look at my first post in the series.
Where to start with this one?! While roses are traditionally seen as the flower of love, there is a whole range of meanings dependent on colour, variety and number.
Inextricably linked with Valentines Day, red roses convey deep emotions and are used to say “I love you”. Interestingly, orange roses also signify passion, intense desire and fascination. I wonder why red roses triumphed over orange in our culture as the flower of love?
Less well-known meanings for red roses include respect, admiration or devotion. Be careful which shade of red you choose though; deep red roses symbolise regret and sorrow, not really the best choice for your loved one!
If deep passion isn’t quite the message you’re going for, then pink roses are a good choice. They symbolise gentler emotions such as gratitude, joy and admiration. Yellow roses are the perfect choice for a good friend as they symbolise caring, friendship and platonic emotions.
White roses symbolise purity, chastity and innocence – similar to other white flowers. White is associated with new beginnings, hence the popularity of white roses in wedding bouquets. Off-white roses with shades of green signify harmony, tranquility and fertility and were traditionally gifted to those suffering from illness.
There are rose colours for darker emotions too. Blue roses cannot be achieved naturally and so they symbolise the desire for the unattainable. Black roses (which are really very dark red roses) symbolise the death of a feeling. Cheery eh?
With roses it’s not a case of the bigger the bunch, the bigger the gesture. Giving a single rose amplifies it’s meaning, e.g. a single red rose means “I really love you”. I like that the small gesture means the most here.
Synonymous with beautiful scent and buzzing bees in the garden, honeysuckle symbolises happiness and devoted affection in the form of a lover’s embrace – probably derived from the fact that it is a climbing plant which clings to it’s supports. There’s superstition surrounding honeysuckle too; it was believed it induced dreams about love and passion, and bringing honeysuckle blossom indoors was thought to prompt a wedding in the household.
June’s flowers really are all about love aren’t they – what a passionate month! I had no idea there were so many meanings for the rose – do you think you’ll change the way you gift them now you know what they all mean? Or test out those honeysuckle superstitions? Let me know in the comments.