Everyone knows that the traditional and iconic flower for Valentine’s Day is the long stem red rose. Why is this?
Well, Valentine’s Day actually originated during the Roman Empire as a celebration of Saint Valentine who, it was believed, performed weddings for soldiers forbidden from marrying as well as ministering to Christians. He was later executed by Emperor Claudius II- Valentine’s Day is actually an official religious holiday in various denominations.
After centuries of traditions becoming associated with the holiday the red rose now stands as the most widely recognized symbol. Red roses convey the message of love, passion and desire. During the Victorian era, flowers were commonly sent to convey complex meanings and messages as each flower had a specific meaning attached to it. This idea was the center of the popular book “The Language of Flowers”.
All flowers are beautiful but to send a clear message that says “I love you”, the red rose is the winner, hands down. A simple, single rose (at any time of the year) is a sweet gesture and send 3 dozen or 4 dozen long stem red roses REALLY makes the message clear.
As a florist, part of the reason I love Valentine’s Day (apart from the sleep deprivation and very tired hands/feet) is talking with customers who want so much for their feelings to be expressed. The gentleman who looks over each rose and selects just the right one to be wrapped and taken home reminds me of why we do what we do. He wants to show his love. He wants it to be just right. It is just so sweet and I get to be there to help assure him she will love it and to make it special.