Colorful World – Sunshine in your Smile

| April 20, 2012
  • Heralds of spring. Tulips mean eternal life.
  • Red tulips mean ‘believe me’ and are a declaration of true love.
  • Purple tulips symbolize ‘royalty.’
  • Orange tulips mean ‘energy, enthusiasm, desire, and passion’.
  • Yellow tulips mean ‘there's sunshine in your smile’ and cheerful thoughts.
  • These beautiful tulips were photographed at Leslie Ann and Richard Sharkey’s front yard.
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In our busy lives, it’s important to stop and take time to smell the flowers.

Along with crocuses and daffodils, tulips are the first flowers to blossom each year, sometimes while there is still snow on the ground nearby.

These beautiful tulips were photographed at Leslie Ann and Richard Sharkey’s front yard. Perhaps Librarian Mrs. Sharkey reads to her tulips or her husband’s magic fertilizer helps to grow their outstanding flowers beds?

Did you know each flower and color has a specific meaning?

Tulips mean eternal life and are heralds of spring. In fact, the symbolic meaning of flowers has given birth to a language of its own, known as floriography.

Red tulips mean ‘believe me’ and are a declaration of true love.

Yellow tulips mean ‘there’s sunshine in your smile’ and cheerful thoughts.

Purple tulips symbolize ‘royalty’.

Orange tulips mean ‘energy, enthusiasm, desire, and passion’.

The flowers are perfect for gardens that are designed to bloom from the earliest possible date. The meaning of the garden can be encoded in the choice of flower colours. For example, a white tulip garden would symbolize heaven on earth.

Tulips need fertilized twice a year, especially in the spring before they bloom. Of course, they also need lots of water, with watering once a week at the bare minimum. Generally tulips prefer sun but also do well under trees that give them partial shade in the hottest part of the summer.

Tulips are planted in the fall and bulbs are generally available between July and November.

If you want to express your deep-felt feelings to someone special in your life, in a thoughtful and unique way, check out the summarized list of flower names given below, and find out what message you can devise using the special language of flowers.

Amaryllis:  Pridefulness
Baby’s Breath:  Purity of heart, Innocence
Crocus:  Good cheer, Happiness, Do not treat me badly
Clover (Four-leaf):  Will you be mine?

Daisy:  Beauty, Innocence, I will never tell, Loyal love, Purity
Eucalyptus:  Protection
Forget-Me-Not:  As its name suggests: Forget me not, Memories, True love

Geranium:  Folly, Stupidity

Honeyflower:  Secret love, Sweetness of disposition, Sweet, Affection,
Ivy:  Affection, Friendship, Fidelity, Wedded love
Juniper:  Chastity, Eternity

Lilac:  Pride, Beauty
Magnolia:  Perseverance, Nobility
Narcissus (White):  Selfishness

Oak:  Hospitality

Petunia:  Your presence soothes me, Anger, Resentment

Queen Anne’s Lace:  Fantasy
Rose (Red):  Passion, Love, (White): Purity, Virginity, (Yellow): Infidelity, Jealousy,  (Pink): Grace and Sweetness, Secret love, Perfect happiness, Secret Love
Sunflower (Tall):  Pride, False riches

Sweetpea:  Thank you for a lovely time, Blissful pleasure, Departure, Good-bye
Water Lily:  Purity of heart

Xeranthemum:  Cheerful in adversity
Yarrow:  Healing, Health
Zinnia:  Thoughts of absent friends

Sources: http://www.livingartsoriginals.com/flower-tulip.htm#gardentulips and http://www.buzzle.com/articles/list-of-flower-names-and-meanings-of-flowers.

As the saying goes: ‘Say it with flowers!”

Whether to woo someone special on Valentine’s Day, display appreciation on Mother’s Day, or express a ‘get well soon’ message, flowers have been used to say it all.

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Brandi loves meeting people and sharing their stories. A country girl at heart, she appreciates the simple things in a complex world.

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