- floral (adj.) 花卉的
- linear (adj.) 線性的
- solely (adv.) 單獨的
- florist (n.) 花店；花商
- aesthetic (adj.) 美學的
- gift (v.) 給予／贈與
- wreath (n.) 花圈
- chrysanthemum (n.) 菊花
- perpetuity (n.) 永久性
- purity (n.) 純度
- peony (n.) 牡丹
- to opt for (phrs. v.) 選擇，挑選
- modesty (n.) 謙虛
- gratitude (n.) 感激
- amaryllis (n.) 孤挺花
- narcissus (n.) 水仙
- iris (n.) 鳶尾花
- tribute (n.) 供品
- tulip (n.) 鬱金香
- gladioli (n.) 劍蘭
- poinsettia (n.) 一品紅
二、花藝風格與類型 Styles & Types of Flower Arrangements
Before we get into the meanings behind different flowers and which ones are appropriate for which occasions, it’s a good idea to know some of the more popular styles and types of floral arrangements that you’ll be able to find at your localflower shop.
✧ Styles of Flower Arrangements 花藝風格 ✧
Traditional — also known as the Western-style, this style of floral arrangement focuses on using a large assortment of flowers
Oriental — oriental flower arrangements have a strong emphasis on the lines of the arrangement and the linear relationships
Modern — this style of arrangement has no rules, it is solely based on the florist’s aesthetic taste
✧ Types of Flower Arrangements 花藝的類型 ✧
Bouquets are smaller arrangements of flowers, typically made to be handheld.
Table Centerpieces 餐桌裝飾品
Meant to be placed on tables as a decorative and fresh ornament.
Floral Baskets 花籃
Instead of having flowers in a vase or to be handheld, flower designs with a basket as a vessel is also a popular type of floral arrangement.
Wreaths are flowers arranged in a circular form, with a hole in the middle (in the shape of a doughnut).
三、Special Occasions and Flowers 特別場合以及適合的花語
Flowers are popular gift ideas, especially for most women. However, with such a wide variety of choices, how do you know which one to gift? I mean, they’re all flowers, is there really a difference? The answer is YES! Some flowers are okay for certain occasions, while others are not so suitable. So, what do different flowers mean and when is it okay to send flowers?
First of all, let’s take a look at the different meanings behind different flower colors:
white — perpetuity and purity
白色花語 — 永恆與純真
yellow — innocence and friendship
黃色花語 — 無辜與友善
orange — joy and success
橙色花語 — 喜悅與成功
green — the balance between body and mind
綠色花語 — 身心平衡
blue — peace, harmony, and joy
藍色花語 — 和平，和諧與歡樂
red — love and passion
紅色花語 — 愛與激情
pink — positivity and kindness
粉紅花語 — 正面與善良
Okay, here come the main points!
What kind of flowers should you send for different occasions?
Valentine’s Day 情人節
Roses are always the classic choice to give to your significant other. If you’re looking for something other than roses, chrysanthemums also speak the love language. However, whatever you choose, make sure you are careful with the colors! You don’t want to send the wrong message!
Roses and peonies are very popular wedding flower choices. As for the colors, choose whatever complements the setting of the wedding. It’s also acceptable to have a variety of flowers in the bridal bouquet to match the wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Believe it or not, there is a flower that represents each month of the year. Many people don’t know this so they usually opt for daisies, as they symbolize innocence and modesty, a fail-safe choice. Otherwise, here’s a list of flowers that stand for more specific feelings you may want to express:
jasmine — to show that they are a person of grace and elegance
gardenia — to show joy
yellow rose — a popular choice to represent friendship
pink carnation — to express gratitude
Winter Holidays and Christmas 寒假以及聖誕節
Poinsettias are an iconic floral representation for the winter months and especially Christmas. With red being the most popular, you can also find white, yellow, and green poinsettias. Amaryllis, narcissus, iris, and jasmine are also popular winter season bouquet choices.
Funeral and Sympathy Flowers 葬禮和慰問鮮花
Large floral arrangements are the most common for funerals and they can be sent to the funeral home in advance to serve as a tribute to the deceased. Chrysanthemums, lilies, and roses are safe choices, but be very careful with your color choices. Stick with white, blue, and green, as they represent modesty, peace and harmony, and calmness, which are more appropriate for sad times.
Get Well Flowers 祝你康復的花朵
If you’re bringing flowers to a hospital to wish someone well, make sure to stick with flowers that aren’t too fragrant, as they may stimulate allergic reactions in other patients. Tulips, gladioli, and irises are common choices.
In conclusion, sending someone flowers is a great way to show care and warmth. Now, remember, the colors and the types of flowers you send can mean different things. Next time you send someone flowers, take this into consideration!