Let the Blooms Speak this Valentines

Has this Valentine’s day got you stumped for words?

Never fear when flowers are near - let them blooms do the talking!

These days most of us don’t think further than the style and colour when deciding what blooms to buy.

But back in Victorian times flowers had a lot to say.


Assigning meaning to specific flowers to communicate feelings and thoughts is known as “floriography” and it became not just a craze, but one of the main ways people chose to communicate at that time.

Although floriography dates back to the 1700s in Turkey, the Victorian era was a time when this form of communication became really popular. This happened after Lady Mary Wortley Montagu visited Turkey and discovered the way harem girls communicated with each other – sending secret messages via flowers.

She wrote:

“There is no colour, no flower, no weed, no fruit, herb, pebble, or feather, that has not a verse belonging to it; and you may quarrel, reproach, or send letters of passion, friendship, or civility, or even of news, without ever inking your fingers.”


So if you received a bunch of flowers like this:

Red roses (passion and love)

+ Dianthus (love, affection, gratitude and admiration)

+ Blush Tulips (pure, deep, unconditional love/commitment/eternal bonds)

+ Pink Limonium (success, beauty, sympathy, and remembrance. Also ''I miss you''. Called the “everlasting flower” because of the pretty calyx that stays on the flower even after the flower has dried up)

You could be sure potential love was on the horizon…

But be careful because the meaning can differ depending on the colour. So while you’d be happy to receive the blush tulips above, you might not be so pleased with yellow tulips - they’ve been said to say “hopeless love”….

When it comes to vegetables, you’d be well chuffed if presented with a bunch of asparagus as they've been associated with luxury, prosperity, abundance and desire.

And if someone gave you lemons you'd be forgiven for being confused. On one hand they’ve come to symbolise luxury, love and longevity but also sourness and disappointment.

So why not send a bunch of flowers (with asparagus) instead of that text? Much more fun. And make your own card with lemons on…?


You can’t go wrong with roses and we’ve got bunches of bouquets with roses in to help you get the message across this Valentine’s Day.

Here’s a few of them (pictured right):


Velvet Red Roses

+ Complimentary greenery

Romeo & Juliet

Red Roses

+ pink Limonium

Love Actually

Red Roses

+ pink Limonium

+ Foliage

P.S. I Love You

A red Rose

+ light pink Sweetheart Spray Roses

+ Dianthus

+ blush Tulips

+ Limonium

+ foliage


Which one's your favourite?

Just click on a pic and it'll take you straight to the shop.

Happy picking!

P.S. Wasn't 'Love Actually" just the best movie? You can't go wrong with a cast of Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth. Well maybe you could but then there's always flowers to make it better.


What Blooms in Winter?

With all the ways we do our bit for the planet – reusing, recycling, composting, walking – why not add “buy seasonal flowers” to that list?

And when the weather is dreary, brightly coloured plant-life smiling at you from a nearby vase can uplift the most miserable mood. Flowers have an uncanny ability to perk us up.

But with all the winteriness going on now you might be wondering if there are any flowers blooming now. Have all the flowers gone?

Are any flowers blooming in winter?

Well, the short answer is yes!

Whether you just want a pretty bouquet of flowers on your desk or dinner table or you’re planning on tying the knot – why choose the “flown-in” route?

Choose to go with the eco-friendly flow and fly with the season. It’s better for the earth, your mind, your pocket.

Also, with weddings, isn’t it true that something personalised goes a long way? Traditional and classic (red roses and baby’s breath) is making way for individualised and quirky (wild flowers and foliage).

In fact, many weddings happen in winter and having the usual lilies, roses or carnations can be more pricey options.

A bouquet of winter-flowering Hellebores, for instance, is a fabulous choice as they start blooming from December in the UK. And they’re easy to grow in the garden or a pot.

Here’s some other winter flowering options to choose from:

Seasonal Locals

You might have some of these flowering in your garden now. Otherwise you should be able to source most of them locally in the winter. Hellebores, narcissus, anemones, catkins, ranunculus, amaryllis, waxflower, loropetalum, hypericum berries, ivy berries, witchhazel, snowdrops and edgeworthia are all available now. And for some foliage fillers you can use ferns, silver eucalyptus, rosemary.

Mix them like this:

Green hellebores + Fern + Eucalyptus

Anemones + Hypericum Berries + Narcissus

Catkins + Ranunculus

Witch hazel + Fern + Ivy Berries

Fern + Catkins + Hellebores

Snowdrops + Rosemary + Narcissus

Waxflowers + Snowdrops + Fern

Narcissus + Rosemary + Architectural looking bare branches

Heather + Narcissus + Catkins

Simply Single

Simplicity is cool right now, so if you want to be cool, keep it simple and go for a whole lot of one thing. Like:

Just Hellebores

Only Anemones

Exclusively foliage (like our 'Baby Blue' eucalyptus bouquet)

Solely succulents (or add euphorbia or a bit of lavender if you must)

And again, if you MUST

When you just MUST have ALL the fresh flowers (even the ones that aren’t home-grown) roses, gerberas, carnations, lisianthus, veronica, alstroemeria and gypsophila are usually available all year round.

And our 'Admiration', 'Cherish' and 'Lovable' bouquets with some of these additions are available now too!

Dried Flowers

While some dried things leave much to be desired, flowers can be the exception.

Then again, many dry things are much sought after... fruit... wine...

So when it comes to your flowers you can dry them when they are in season for enjoyment when they’re not. Roses, sunflowers, lavender, statice, gypsophila and eryngium make great dried blooms.


And with that we’ll say - go on and get ‘em!