February is officially the month of love and a time when flowers are given as tokens of affection and appreciation. We take a look at the power of flowers and their meaning so you can give the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day.
It’s believed the custom of gifting flowers on 14 February has its roots in the 18thcentury where floral bouquets were often sent to pass along specific non-verbal messages thanks to each flower having its own unique meaning. Today, roses remain a firm favourite for the occasionand estimates suggest that some 250 million blooms are grown in preparation for Valentine’s Day – and that’s just in the United States alone.
Roses have long symbolised love and romance, but the many stunning colour variations are thought to have their own meaning and special message:
Red rosescommunicate romantic love.
Pink rosesare given as a token of gratitude, admiration and joy.
Orange rosessymboliseenthusiasm and passion.
Yellow rosesare most commonly associated with friendship (so don’t forget to add your bestie to your Valentine’s Day gift list)
White rosesrepresent innocence and purity.
Aside from their obvious beauty, a study from Rutgers University confirms what many of us already knew – flowers are a natural moderator of moods and have strong positive effects on emotional health. The study also showed that flowers have immediate impact on happiness. All study participants, no matter their age, expressed genuine joy and excitement when receiving flowers. We think that’s as good a reason as any to spoil that special someone with a gorgeous bouquet on any occasion.
If you’re looking to say it best with flowers this Valentine’s Day, then be sure to visit Mall of the North on 13 and 14 February at the Game Court where you’ll find the Floral Avenue pop-up shop. We guarantee you’ll fall in love with their range of their range of bouquets, luxury rose boxes, and heart foil balloons. Of course we’re also sharing the love with you by giving you the chance to win your very own Luxury Rose Box valued at R400. All you need to do is spend R150 or more at your favourite Mall of the North store.
So happy Valentine’s Day from us to you!