Care of Flowers & Meanings

Meaning of Rose Colours

Red: Romance, Love, Strength, Congratulations
White: Purity, Sincerity, Loyalty
Yellow:: Friendship, Joy, Contentment, Good Luck
Orange: Fascination, Enthusiasm, Pride
Pink: Joy, Beauty, Affection
Light Pink: Grace, Gentleness
Dark Pink: Gratitude, Thankfulness

Corporate Floral also invites you to look at our range of high quality specially designed Rose bouquets and arrangements listed in our online shop.

How to care for your Bouquets and Cut Flowers

Prepare a clean vase with the flower food provided with your flowers, according to the instructions on packet.

Before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut off approximately an inch from each stem, preferably at an angle to give the flower a larger surface from which to draw water.

Stems should never be broken off or flattened. Scraping the bark off the stems will also shorten the flower life.

Remove any leaves that will be in the water. Leaves should never be covered by water as they will make the water dirty, which will decrease the longevity of the flowers.

Remove the wrapping from around the bouquet.

The flower food may contain antibacterial qualities, so top up the vase with water regularly and remove any wilted leaves and flowers.

If you have not added any flower food, change the water regularly to avoid accumulation of bacteria that block the flowers' ability of drawing water up the stem.

Flowers do not like direct sunlight or draughts.

Keep them away from fruit, as it lets off a gas called "ethylene" which accelerates the ageing process of flowers.

Keep your flowers away from heat sources such as stoves, heaters and extremely sunny windows.

Never refrigerate your flowers! The temperature used for storing food is much lower than appropriate for flower storage.

The following flowers Iris, Hyacinth, tulip should never be put in flower food. These will last longer if put in fresh water only.

How to care for your Flower Arrangements

If you have received an arrangement in a box or pot you will find it has been made in a water retaining foam. These are easy to care for as the only require topping up every couple of days. Simply dribble water into the centre of the design or at the back.

Flower Meanings

Popular Flower Meanings:

  • Alstromeria: Friendship, pleasantries
  • Aster: Variety, afterthought
  • Babies Breath (Gyp): Pure heart, gaiety
  • Calla Lily: Beauty, feminine modesty
  • Camellia: Excellence, Beauty
  • Carnation: Admiration, fascination, bonds of love
  • Chrysanthemum: Cheerfulness, optimism, long life
  • Daffodil: Regard, Respect
  • Daisy: Innocence, simplicity
  • Delphinium: Well-being, sweetness
  • Freesia: Innocence
  • Gerbera: Needing protection
  • Gladiolus: Generosity
  • Hyacinth: Play, games, sport
  • Hydrangea: Devotion, remembrance
  • Iris: Message, eloquence
  • Jonquil: Desire a return of affection
  • Lavender: Devotion, luck, success
  • Lily: Purity, majesty, fruitfulness
  • Lisianthus: Showy
  • Orchid: Love, beauty, refinement, beautiful lady
  • Peony: Beauty, welcome
  • Rose: Love, beauty, congratulations
  • Rosemary: Remembrance
  • Sunflower: Loyalty, adoration
  • Tulip: Fame, charity, perfect lover

Colour Meanings

You respond to different colours in different ways, and these responses take place on a subconscious, emotional level. Specific colours have different effects on the human brain. You may like to keep this in mind when choosing what flowers to send. Keep in mind, everyone loves receiving flowers, no matter what colour they are and our most popular designs are a riot of bright vibrant blooms!

Black: Self Confidence, Power, Strength
Blue: Calming, Lowers Blood Pressure
Green: Soothing, Relaxing mentally as well as physically, Helps those suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Nervousness
Violet: Provides a peaceful environment
Pink: Relaxes, relieves tension, soothing
Yellow: Energizes, relieves depression
Orange: Energizes, stimulates
Red: Stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure

Birthday Flowers

Most people have heard of Birthstones, well the following list is of Birthflowers.

JANUARY - Flower: Carnation, Snowdrop
FEBRUARY - Flower: Primrose, Violet
MARCH - Flower: Jonquil, Violet
APRIL - Flower: Daisy, Sweet Pea
MAY - Flower: Hawthorn, Lily of the Valley
JUNE - Flower: Honeysuckle, Rose
JULY - Flower: Larkspur, Water Lily
AUGUST - Flower: Gladiolus, Poppy
SEPTEMBER - Flower: Aster, Morning Glory
OCTOBER - Flower: Calendula, Cosmos
NOVEMBER - Flower: Chrysanthemum
DECEMBER - Flower: Holly, Narcissus, Poinsettia

Star Sign Flowers

Aries: March 21-April 20 Orchids
Taurus: April 21-May 20 Violets
Gemini: May 21 - June 21 Queen Annes Lace
Cancer: June 22- July 22 Carnations
Leo: July 23 - Aug 23 Gladiolus
Virgo: Aug 24- Sep 22 Lilies
Libra: Sep 23- Oct 23 Daisies
Scorpio: Oct 24-Nov 22 Sunflowers
Sagittarius: Nov 23- December 21 Tulips
Capricorn: December 22-Jan 19 Calendulas
Aquarius: Jan 20 - Feb 18th Daffodils
Pisces: Feb 19 - March 20 Gerberas

Wedding Anniversaries in flowers

Here are the flowers traditionally used to celebrate wedding anniversaries:

  • 1st Anniversary - Orange Blossom
  • 2nd Anniversary - Daisy
  • 3rd Anniversary - Carnation
  • 4th Anniversary - Violet
  • 5th Anniversary - Pansies
  • 6th Anniversary - Tulip
  • 7th Anniversary - Camellia
  • 8th Anniversary - Cat's tail
  • 9th Anniversary - Hollyhock
  • 10th Anniversary - Sweet Pea
  • 11th Anniversary - Lilac
  • 12th Anniversary - Lily
  • 13th Anniversary - Hydrangea
  • 14th Anniversary - Daffoldil
  • 15th Anniversary - Calla Lily
  • 20th Anniversary - Iris
  • 25th Anniversary - Yellow Rose
  • 30th Anniversary - Amaryllis
  • 35th Anniversary - Poppy
  • 40th Anniversary - Peony
  • 45th Anniversary - Chrysanthemum
  • 50th Anniversary - Red Rose
  • 55th Anniversary - Jasmine
  • 60th Anniversary - White Rose