How fitting to start a florists blog on one of the biggest days of the year for us - valentines Day! traditionally marked with red roses many florist admit they prefer a less traditional colour palette and the variety of bouquets available will not just be a dozen red roses, with some florists opting for just a hint of red to others who opt for a completely different colour scheme altogether with blush, muted tones or brights on offer, making the most of all the beautiful spring flowers available at this time of year.
So why the red rose? typically representing love and romance, they have been a powerful symbol of passion for many cultures through the ages. The rose was sacred to a number of goddesses including Isis of Egypt, and the ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with their goddesses of love, Aphrodite and Venus.
So why do we celebrate Valentine’s Day, how did it begin? Well as I started to research it was easy to see there are many myths & legends surrounding its meaning. It appears The origins of St. Valentine’s Day lie in the ancient Roman fertility festival Lupercalia, which was celebrated on February 15. During the festival, young women would place their names in a large urn. The young men would draw a name from the urn and then be romantically linked with that young woman for the following year. Still other legends cite the fact that February 14 marked the date when birds began mating.
There are as many other versions and discussions as to the roots of this celebration as there are arguments about it being an opportunity for the retail industry to get us spending. Yes it is true that we should let the person we love know how we feel every day of the year but as life is busy and we get bogged down in routine does it hurt to have 1 day where we are reminded to make sure we let them know?
Valentines has always had a very special meaning to my family as both my grandad & nanna passed away on the 14th February but some 28 years apart! Since I was 4 our house was always full of flowers as we remembered them, and as my dad showered my mum with flowers making an extra special fuss of her. In fact this was probably my earliest association with flowers and both the comfort & joy they can bring and the ability to lift someones mood.
For me flowers are obviously THE best way to send the message of love the Feb 14th! xx