Language of orchid flowers

Language of orchid flowers

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Flower language: the orchid

The names of the flowers derive from the Greek language, from those more common to the rarer ones, they have an origin and a history often connected to myths or legends. The custom of associating a symbolic meaning to each flower probably resides in the East, from where then, with the first crusades, it was pushed in Europe. Even during the Renaissance, moral meanings were attributed to flowers. Florigraphy or the language of flowers developed during the nineteenth century, when through flowers and compositions in domestic environments, attempts were made to communicate feelings and feelings that could not be pronounced. In that period a publishing specialized in the printing of "flower books" was born, which contained lithographs and engravings. In this regard, the "Flowers: their Use and Beauty" published in London in 1818 and the "Le Language des Fleurs" published in Paris in 1819. Even today, flowers are used to express feelings and colors also play a fundamental role. But very few know how to interpret the meaning of less common and known flowers such as tulip, camellia, water lily or our orchid. The language of flowers seems a custom of the past, but like all things remote it has a charm of other times, a fun symbolism, a story full of curiosities and anecdotes. The purpose of this guide is to provide the message associated with the orchid flower, giving indications about its history, mythological references and the language it expresses. It is a floral etiquette, very useful in particular occasions, which explains on what occasions and how it is necessary to give orchids as gifts.


The orchid means "total dedication" with a romantic meaning, but it can also mean "passion", "sensuality", it is the flower to give especially when a man is sure of being paid by the woman he loves through a strong passion, he may want to say: "Thank you for letting yourself be!" or "You are sensual!" Orchid flowers are the symbol of refinement and elegance. It has been considered an aphrodisiac flower for centuries: elixirs of love, magic potions and recipes against sterility were prepared with Orchid root or stems. The legend behind this beautiful flower, tells of the Greek Orchide, a beautiful boy who had two female breasts. During his adolescence, he began to take on increasingly delicate and sinuous appearances, so much so that he was mocked by young girls and boys who found him very different from them. His physical transformations also affect his temperament, sometimes shy and shy, others lustful and aggressive. One day in desperation, he throws himself off a cliff and dies. As if by magic at the place of his death, so many flowers begin to sprout, called orchids from the unfortunate Orchide. From this the custom among the Athenian efébi to sing the praises to the gods, dressed in white, with a beautiful crown of orchids on their head.


The wide range of existing varieties, about 30,000 known species, classified in 88 subspecies and in 660 genera, makes the choice difficult. For occasions of a certain importance it is better to choose small orchids on long branches, they will certainly have a shorter duration than those with large flowers, but an effect of elegance guaranteed! The famous Cattleya are instead suitable, carried in bouquets, on the occasion of Mother's Day, since they are suited to the charm that is acquired with advancing age. If the preference goes on large orchids, it is advisable to give mottled yellow or white orchids, avoiding the purple ones that are the most common. There are orchids packaged in very special containers, which can also be given as gifts alone or together with maidenhair ferns. The mysterious and rare black orchids are perfect both to compliment a man for his work, both as a centerpiece along with white roses or lilies.


If you offer a composition or bouquet of orchids it would still be better if the number were odd, in which, the recipient, it is very difficult to count the number of flowers. In special circumstances such as anniversaries and engagements, a few flowers, always odd, may suffice. The reason for this numbering is to be found in the tradition according to which even flowers must be given away only because of a mourning. According to the cabal, the odd numbers have a positive charge. In short, do you want to impress? Give them an odd gift. Do you want to spite? Obviously bring them in even numbers.

Language of orchid flowers: WITH WHAT WE CAN ACCOMPANY OUR ORCHIDS

Obviously as the Galateo says, with a nice note that can last more than a flower. The flowers wither, a sentence written with feeling will last for eternity, in the heart and mind of the recipient. The ticket can be in plain cardboard or enclosed in its envelope. The calligraphy possibly clear and fluid. Together with the ticket we can then combine all that our imagination suggests, always depends on the recipient in question.
We can conclude by recalling an ancient Japanese aphorism: "The sun warms all things, the rain floods all the meadows, the flowers soften the souls, but only those sensitive to listen to their message".