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Floral Design

Floral design is the art of using materials and flowers found in nature to create a pleasing and balanced composition for the enjoyment of people.

This art is arguably as old as mankind. Culture of Ancient Egypt already features refined floristry.

The most well known variety of floral design is flower arrangement (or floristry), ikebana in particular. Ikebana represents the Oriental style of floral design, which features simplicity and purity of lines and colors. In contrast, European style features mass and color richness and variety.

A popular variety is creation of composition from dried herbs.

The art of floral design includes making wreaths, floral bows, garlands, etc.

The Language of Flowers

Purple lilac symbolizes the first emotions of love in the Language of Flowers. This information is also referred to as floriography dates back to Victorian times and was really used to send a coded message in order to express feelings though the gift of a boquet or floral arrangement. Although this fine art is all but forgotten everyone knows that a red rose means passion or love as it symbolized romance. Also still in fair use today are the pansy meaning thoughtfulness, the daffodil fame or perhas fortune and ivy which signifies fidelity. You can see these things in any good wedding arrangement, where the florist at hand will make the floral arrangement speak volumes to those who know the language.

Colour symbolism of roses
Red: love
Pink: grace
Dark Pink: gratitude
Light Pink: admiration, sympathy
Orange: passion
Blue: mystery
Burgundy: beauty
White: innocence, purity, secrecy, reverence and humility.
Yellow: dying love or platonic love.

Now you know the Language of Flowers and you can communicate without words with your floral arrangements and arts and crafts floral designs.

Here is an even more expanded list of floral items, flowers and more, and their meanings.

Apple-blossom: Preference
Almond: Hope
Acanthus: Art
Arbor vitae: Unchanching friendship
Balm: Social intercourse
Balsamine: Impatience
Bay wreath: Glory
Bee orchid: Industry
Box: Constancy
Broom: Humility
Bulrush: Docility
Buttercup: Riches
Cabbage: Profit
Camellia japonica: Unpretending excellence
Canterbury-bell: Gratitude
Cherry-blossom: A good education
Chestnut: Do me justice
China aster: Love of variety
Coreopsis: Always cheerful
Cowslip: Winning grace
Clover (red): Industry
Clover (white): I promise
Daffodil: Uncertainty
Dahlia: Elegance and dignity
Dandelion: Coquetry
Fennel: Strength
Geranium: Gentility
Grass: Submission
Heliotrope: Devotion
Hollyhock: Ambition
Houseleek: Domestic economy
Ivy: Dependence
Laurestine: A token
Lemon-blossom: Discrection
Lettuce: Cold-hearted
Lichen: Solitude
Lilac (purple): Fastidious
Lily (scarlet): High-souled aspirations
Lily (white): Purity
Magnolia: Love of nature
Mayflower: Welcome
Mignonette: Worth
Mullein: Good-nature
Nasturtium: Patriotism
Oak leaf: Strength
Oats: Music
Olive: Peace
Ox-eye: Patience
Poppy (white): Dreams
Rose (red): True love
Rose (white): Silence
Rose (yellow): Friendship
Sensitive-plant: Sensitivity
Snowdrop: Consolation
Star of Bethlehem: Reconciliation
Straw: United
Sunflower: Pure and lofty thoughts
Sweetbrier: Simplicity
Thorn-apple: Disguise
Thyme: Thriftiness
Tulip-tree: Fame
Violet (blue): Faithfulness
Violet (white): Modesty
Winged seeds (any kind)Messengers
Witch-hazel: A spell
Wheat: Wealth and prosperity