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Valentines Gift Ideas 2013

by User Not Found | Feb 11, 2013
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It’s the thought that counts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, whether you’ve been married for 30 years, recently engaged, in a new relationship or trying to win the affections of one you’ve been admiring, now is your time to show or remind that special person what they mean to you. We here at CountryLife are on hand to give you some ideas and to help choose that perfect gift for your loved one this Valentine’s Day.

In recent times Valentine’s Day has become a commercial commodity driven by greeting card and giftware companies turning the celebration into a profit fuelled frenzy, in many ways taking away from the sentiment of the day. Back in Victorian times Valentine’s Day was celebrated with much more thought and simplicity. They did it without the glitz’n’gam of soft cuddly toys and sparkly greeting cards. Their messages of love were delivered through secret meanings associated with certain flowers and plants, each type and colour meant something different making every gift thoroughly unique and personal.

We conducted some further research to explore and identify some of the secret meanings associated with flowers, plants and colouring and have put together a guide for you. Take a look at the list below and see what message you want to share and give your partner a truly unique gift this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine's Gift Idea's

Meaning behind Flowers & Plants

  • Orchids - A potted orchid is a perfect plant to give for Valentine's Day, as these delicate flowers are simple, elegant and exotic, they convey love, beauty, endurance and strength.

  • Cactus - Celebrate a friendship this Valentine's Day by presenting a cactus to your best buddy. These plants represent endurance and longevity and are visually interesting and easy to maintain – always a plus!
  • Lavender - Fragrance, soaps, sachets and body lotions scented with lavender are a luxurious way to express your love. Purity and sentiment are the meanings of lavender.
  • Houseplants - Small houseplants such as, Solanum PseudocapsicumAdiantum raddianum 'Fragrans' and Aloe Vera P10.5 are a casual way to send valentine greetings to those you want to acknowledge on Valentine's Day. Plants with small flowers represent loyalty, while plants with just foliage such as ferns and bamboo represent good fortune.
  • Daffodil – These sunshine coloured flowers represent chivalry & devotion but also unrequited love which makes them a good choice if being sent from a secret admirer.
  • Forget-me-not – These vibrant blue flowers represent the remembrance of true love.
  • Primrose – These colourful plants have a double meaning they represent young love so are the perfect gift for a new relationship, or newly engaged couple. But they also convey the message of “I can't live without you!”
  • Rose - A single rose of any colour in full bloom means "I love you." Two roses put together to form a single stem means an engagement.
  • Red Rose – A very traditional Valentines gift which shows your love, passion & desire.
  • White Roses – White roses the not so common choice are equally beautiful to the red roses and represent unity of a relationship.
  • Tulip – A declaration of love & passion, while a red tulip represents undying love.
  • Violet – these beautiful plants represent faithfulness which is essential to every relationship.
Orchids for your Valentine

Birth Flower - The gift of a plant that represents your valentine's birth month is a sure win, and a sentimental way to say I love you.

  • January - Snowdrop
  • February - Primrose
  • March - Daffodil
  • April - Daisy
  • May - Lily of the Valley
  • June - Rose
  • July - Larkspur
  • August - Gladiolus
  • September - Aster
  • October - Marigold
  • November - Chrysanthemum
  • December - Narcissus

Or why not create your own unique message by combing different coloured plants.

Meaning behind the Colour of flowers

  • White - White flowers are gorgeous, unique, and non-traditional. They are perfect for a new relationship or for telling your partner how perfect she truly is.
  • Red - Red is traditionally the colour of love and romance.
  • Pink - Pink is a feminine colour perfect for those fun, playful couples. it's perfect for the sweet, romantic person in your life.
  • Yellow & Red - If you want to let someone know that you're falling in love with them, send them these flowers. The yellow symbolizes your current friendship and the red shows that you want things to move towards a relationship.
  • Orange Send orange flowers, or other orange gifts, to the lady that really makes you feel warm and happy inside. Orange roses also hint towards mischievousness and are perfect for sending as a secret admirer.
  • Green - Give her a plant and a note telling her how truly rich she has made your life.
  • Purple/Lavender - Send this colour to your partner to let her know how truly unique she is. Because purple is often associated with nobility, so giving purple tells your partner that you put them on a pedestal. Lavender shades also represent trust.

COMPETITION TIME​ - Enter Here

Want to create a romantic space in your garden this February? We here at CountryLife have a special Valentine's competition giveaway of an Antibe Arbour love Seat. Please like our facebook page and share in our love of all gardening. Enter your details below to be in with a chance of a winning. Remember entries are limited to one entry per person and once you’ve entered you will be included in our draw on Thursday 14th February. 
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If you have any further questions on choosing plants or flowers as a Valentine’s gift this year, please feel free to comment below, on our Facebook or Twitter page..

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day for 2013

CountryLife Gardening Team