Wednesday, February 10

Roses for Valentine's Day: what do the colors mean anyway?

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again…it seems to happen every year about this time, doesn’t it? Well, there are traditions which must be upheld and who am I to stand in the way of tradition?

Flowers. Brownie points are high for the fragrant blossoms. Send the bouquet to her workplace and score mega-brownie points; especially since it lands on Sunday this year. Not only does she appreciate the flowers, she gets the ultimate fun­­: bragging rights.

That’s right guys; ladies love to have the Greatest Guy trophy, which gets passed around amongst her female coworkers, friends and family on a constant rotation. If she gets to take home the invisible award, you get all the glory because she is feeling ultimately adored by you and knows that everyone she knows is aware of the adoration…not bad for a few long stems wrapped up with baby’s breath.

The number one flower sent? The rose. In fact, according to the American Society of American Florists, 187 million roses are estimated to be sold this year alone. My research found that color is important in conveying the correct meaning through floriography, the art of speaking with flowers.

Choose carefully when deciding which color to send or hand-deliver. Sending the wrong hue can send the wrong signal. If you are friends with a lady and would like to keep the relationship at a platonic level, send yellow. It’s the sign of friendship whether a pale or deep gold. Send this to a woman you would like to get serious about and you may find yourself moved to the buddy category.

White petals signify everlasting and undying love. These may be sent to a long-term love, past the youthful stage of infatuation. White petals are much more pure than its passionate counterpart, the red rose. The intensity of the fiery red color should parallel the intensity of the sender’s passion for the receiver; the darker the shade, the stronger the passion.

Coral and orange blooms show desire is definite, with a touch of fascination or bewitched emotions intertwined. Peach shows appreciation, not passion; reserve this color for family members or coworkers, not your significant other.

Struck by a lightning bolt at first meeting? Send lavender or purple petals. This color, whether softly-hued or a deep rich purple, represents enchantment, or love, at first sight.

Finally, take into account likes and dislikes of the receiver when sending flowers. If you know her heart’s desire is a color that signifies other than passionate emotions, remember that making her feel happy and romanced is what it is all about.

Looking Ahead: I will run off and join the circus, or pretend to, by attending Cirque du Soleil Alegria on Friday, February 12. Saturday, February 13 will find me looping Indy on the Indy Wine Trail, featuring chocolate at each winery. Two of my favorite food groups and a designated driver? I’m in heaven. Saturday evening will find me at Beef and Boards for its opening of Footloose, where the 80’s are alive and happening. Now where did I put my leg warmers and scrunchies?

If you have a performance or event you would like reviewed, e-mail elizabethjmusgrave@gottago.us. Me, I’ll be right here, trying to find the meaning behind black roses; it can’t be good, can it?
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This post was originally published under "Gotta Go" in the West Side Community News in Indianapolis, and the West Indianapolis Community News.

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