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Giving Valentine's Day Flowers: Everything You Need to Know

Valentine's Day is a date permanently etched into our calendars perhaps just as much as Christmas or Easter. Every year the 14th February invites us to express our affections, often through the timeless gesture of giving flowers.

While the origins of the Saint Valentine that inspired this day may never truly be known, at least two stories tell of a man martyred for his convictions. In one, Valentine performed secret marriages in the time of a ban on soldiers tying the knot. In another, a man sent the first romantic card when he signed ‘from your Valentine’ to his love on the day of his execution - the 14th of February.

Why do we send flowers on Valentine’s Day?

The tradition, blossoming from ancient rituals, symbolises the beauty and fragility of love. Flowers convey emotions that words often fail to capture.

The Language of Flowers

A bouquet of red roses and green eucalyptus foliage in a clear glass vase next to a deep green bottle of prosecco
Roses, particularly the red variety, have long been the emblem of Valentine's Day. They are a classic symbol of deep affection, but the colour you give can change either the intensity or the subject of your love. For example, a yellow rose can be given if you wish to apologise to someone, or want to welcome them. A rose that’s orange in colour can symbolise pride and fascination - a lovely sentiment for a friend.

Roses top a list of flowers holding significant meaning. From the innocent daisy representing loyal love to the exotic orchid symbolising beauty and strength, each bloom carries a hidden lexicon of love.

History: In Roman times, a rose would be put on the door frame outside a room to show that confidential matters were being discussed inside. It’s why ‘under the rose’ is a phrase used to mean ‘to keep a secret’, because it originates from the Latin term sub rosa.

Floral Gestures for All

But who are the right recipients of Valentine’s Day flowers? Traditionally, men present women with bouquets, however flowers don’t have to be gendered. Men too can appreciate the charm and sentiment of a well-chosen bouquet.

Furthermore, Valentine's Day is not solely the domain of romantic love. It is perfectly fitting to send flowers to friends, celebrating the equally important bond of friendship and platonic love. It might just make their February too.

Which flowers are best for Valentine’s Day?

When selecting the ideal floral arrangement, roses often take centre stage. However, the floral world is rich with alternatives. Consider the tulip, a symbol of perfect love, or carnations, whose petals embody feelings of ardent love and desire. Each flower in this diverse kingdom brings its own unique message and beauty.

Which flowers aren’t appropriate for Valentine’s Day?

While exploring this garden of choices, one might wonder if there are flowers best left unpicked for this occasion. Generally, flowers with sombre connotations such as lilies, which often signify sympathy, are not the traditional choice for Valentine's Day. However, this is merely a guide. If your significant other adores a particular bloom, then that flower, with its personal significance, becomes the perfect choice.

Take a look at some of our Valentine’s Day bouquets and let your loved one’s personality inspire the flowers you send.

Do I have to give red roses on Valentine’s Day?

A bouquet of vibrant red tulips in a clean glass vase
While the red rose reigns supreme as the classic symbol of love, remember, you are not confined to this choice. The floral world is a tapestry of colours, each with its own story and meaning. Red in flowers often speaks of deep passion and enduring love, but this is just one chapter in an extensive narrative.

Other blooms can symbolise friendship, loyalty, elegance, and kindness if you simply want to make someone’s day but don’t have a romantic attachment. Why not do what the Victorians did, and combine certain flowers to send a specific message?

Timing Your Floral Gift

In the world of flowers, timing is almost as important as the choice of bloom. Purchasing your bouquet a few days before Valentine's Day, or ordering online a week or two in advance if you can choose a delivery date, ensures freshness and availability. Sending flowers early is not just acceptable but can be a delightful surprise, a prelude to the day's romance.

Take a look at our Valentine’s Day range, and pre-order your love-filled blooms by selecting your preferred day of delivery at checkout.
By Arena Flowers