29 Dec What flowers are you drawn to?
There was something on a deep level that called to me when I sketched out and began to paint my first floral. It felt spiritual – the process of allowing that image to come forth and appear on the canvas.
I never tire of nature or admiring the sheer beauty of a flower. And to live the axiom, “stop and smell the roses” can really change your life. So, what is it about flowers? Eckhart Tolle said, “Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature.” Powerful statement, don’t you think? I also love the idea of symbolism in flowers. I recently read an article about flower meanings and what your favourite flower says about you. I liked the article so much I wrote to the online magazine to see about republishing it! Of course, with copy right and content exclusives, that was not possible. So instead I’ve selected some interesting research to inspire YOU to think about flowers, their colours and textures, their fragrance, and what they stir inside us when we grow and cultivate them, when we receive them as a gift, or pass by them outside a florist shop, like the abundance of colour at Granville Island Public Market or in the Vallarta Botanical Garden. They really are irresistible, aren’t they?
Sunflowers signify adoration, as their massive heads literally turn to meet the sun. They are a flower of spiritual attainment and flexibility – good luck, wealth and ambition. It’s fitting to gift sunflowers to someone who is working toward a goal and needs a big break in their life. The sunflower embodies new opportunity so they make an excellent housewarming gift as the receiver embraces the occasion of a new home.
Although we may envision sprawling fields of sunflowers in France, I discovered the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine, which is also the world’s largest exporter of sunflower oil!
What does your worship of the sunflower say about you? Apparently, it’s your love of making new friends. You thrive around people – your style is bright and warm, and you’re rarely without a bold statement piece.
Voracious sun seekers like the sunflower, and sway and twist their heads seeking out the light. This makes them a symbol of opportunity, adjustment, advancement and aspiration. They are commonly thought to represent attainment of spiritual awareness too. Because they are from bulbs and return every year, like daffodils, tulips characterize resurrection and determination.
What does your tendency for a tulip say about you? You’ve enjoyed a varied life experience and possess strong family ties and an enduring love in your life. You pamper yourself and others and have a philanthropic nature, supporting charities and helping others.
A personal favourite of mine! The word daisy is derived from an Old English meaning, “day’s eye.” They represent purity, innocence and hope. The more flamboyant variety, the Gerbera daisy, with their bright colours, aptly signify cheerfulness.
What does your admiration of the daisy say about you? You’re an optimist who finds the good in any bad situation—and you’re probably a morning person, too. You love to help others and always know what to say to make people smile.
The beloved, timeless rose – both simple and complex in their features. Symbolically their meanings vary according to their colour, but at their very essence, the rose is iconic of deep love, passion and intelligence. Within the esoteric Tarot, the rose is considered as a symbol of balance. They inspire rejuvenation and healing as well as courage.
What does your devotion for the rose say about you? You adhere to a classic aesthetic and always go with your heart. Here are some of the colour values connected to the rose:
- White: Purity, Innocence, Sanctity, Reverence, Mysticism and Secret Admirer
- Pink: Grace, Gentleness, First Love, Healing and Appreciation
- Yellow: Joy, New Beginnings, Protection, Friendship and Mature Love
- Orange: Enthusiasm, Desire and Gratitude
- Coral: Friendship, Empathy and Modesty
- Red: Sacrifice, Immortal love, Health, Memorial, Passion and Desire
Like roses, lilacs have difference meanings based on colour. From the while lilac inspiring humility and innocence, to the purple lilac, representing first love. Since lilacs are often the first flowers to bloom when temperatures rise and only last a couple of weeks, they fittingly symbolize spring. In the opposite to fresh beginnings, the Lilac are reminders of an old flame and in Victorian times, widows often wore lilacs.
What does your love of Lilacs say about you? You have a strong appreciation for all things nostalgic and vintage—from going through your old photos, to browsing antiques shops and watching old movies. You infuse your surroundings with “shabby chic” collectibles.
Could there be a person immune to the stunning beauty of a peony? There are many energetic properties of the Peony. They promise good fortune and enhanced energy. From their tight spring buds, the peony transforms to a robust and magnificent bloom, symbolizing a happy life, prosperity and a long and happy marriage.
What does your passion for the peony say about you? You’re a person who looks ahead to the future with positivity. You’re an empath – you’re extremely thoughtful and you think of others. Your style is elegant, positive person who’s always looking ahead at the future. You’re thoughtful and empathetic towards others. Your style? Bold, bright and elegant, but not overbearing.
Orchids epitomize refinement and exotic beauty, as well as thoughtfulness, maturity and charm. They’re typify proud and glorious femininity.
What does your reverence for an orchid say about you? You embody both sophistication and mystery. People are drawn to you. You insist on quality, not quantity. You exude elegance and your impeccable style reflects that.
The poppy symbolizes consolation for loss and death. “In Flanders field the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row…” wrote Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae in 1915 for the memorial of a young Canadian artillery officer who was killed in the Great War. They come in every colour and form— over 120 species! The Golden Poppy, is also known as the California Poppy, and is the state flower.
What does your allegiance for the poppy say about you? You’re creative and playful, and somewhat quirky. You appreciate when people see your uniqueness. Your style is bold and colourful and you don’t shy away from trying new trends.
Flowers for each Birth month:
- January, snowdrop and carnation
- February, violet and primrose
- March, daffodil
- April, daisy and the sweet pea
- May, Lily of the valley and the Hawthorne – or May Tree
- June, rose and honeysuckle
- July, water lily and larkspur
- August, poppy and gladiolus
- September, aster
- October, cosmos and marigold
- November, chrysanthemum
- December, narcissus or the paperwhite, and the holly