Valentines Day and The Flowers of Love on Studio10

 


On Valentine's Day I was again a guest of the Australian national morning show ~ Studio10 on Network 10. 
As always, it's a fun, fast and uplifting time and I really do love sharing a tiny bit of what I love with others. I hope those who watched got the gist of my bouquet and to look a little beyond roses when seeking flowers to express love. 
If you missed it or it is not available to watch in your country,
I've popped the clip up on my Youtube Channel and here it is ~ 

How did Valentine's Day begin? 
Valentine's Day originated during the 3rd century in Rome. 
Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for his soldiers as he felt single men made better warriors. A young priest named Valentine did not agree and defied Claudius by performing marriages for young lovers in secret. This could be the origin of secret love letters, cards and gifts on Valentine's Day. Valentine also fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, who visited him in prison. Before he was put to death, Valentine sent a letter to the girl and signed it, “From Your Valentine” — an expression we still use today. 
Valentine was executed on February 14, 270 AD. Later, around 496 AD, Pope Gelasius declared Feb. 14 a day to honour Valentine, who by that time had become a saint.


Why do we give Flowers on Valentine's Day? 
In the Northern Hemisphere, for thousands of years, this time of the year has been a period for fertility festival celebrations as Spring approaches such as 'Imboc' in the first week of February and 'Ostara' in March. Flowers are used during these festivals to symbolise beginnings, fertility, love, marriage, and romance.


The Flowers of Love 

These are just a tiny few flowers and she of their romantic meanings ~ 

“I love you”

Red Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) 

Red Rose (Rosa spp.) 

Australian Native Passionflower (Passiflora herbertiana) 

 

“I love you too!”

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) 

 

“I am your secret lover” 

Or “I want to be your secret lover”

Gardenia (Gardenia spp.)

 

“I will love you forever”

Orange Blossom (Citrus x sinensis) 

Magnolia (Magnolia spp.)

 

“Love at first sight”

Mauve Rose (Rosa spp.)

 

“Let’s stay together”

Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum)

 

“You are beautiful”

Frangipani (Plumeria alba) 

 

“I’m sorry”

Flannel Flower (Actinotus helianthi)

 

“I have new feelings for you”

Delphinium (Delphinium spp.)

 

“No one could love you more”

Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) 

 

“Will you marry me?”

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) 

Grevillea (Grevillea spp.)

Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis)

bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻
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