Flowers: A History of Symbolism in UK Countries

It could be said, that the earth is natures canvas, and the flowers that we see in flower shops around the UK and London, are paints that are used to create vibrant, colourful pieces of art that tell a story; a story that comes in all shapes and sizes.

For some countries flowers are a representation of the culture, religion or history. They have become a recognised symbol of the ideals upheld by that country. The birth of a national flower for some countries is still a relatively new concept. For instance 1978 saw the country of Dominica adopt the Sabinea carinalis flower, commonly known as the  ‘carib wood’ which is indigenous to the island and only grows though the months of February to April, as its national flower.  This is a very hardy flower and when in bloom is bright scarlet in colour and covers the entire length of its branches. It is a very elusive flower but has survived the entire history of Dominica.  As a result its use symbolises the continuity of the country, its ability to be resourceful, strong and to overcome problems. It is like the people unique in its nature.

However for other countries, the use of a national flower and the story behind its conception stretches back hundreds or even thousands of years. The most famous of these stories, told through the use of flowers is that of England and its Roses.

The Colourful Roses that we see today in the flower shops throughout London are a prime example of the rich history of England and the Tudor rose. The fact that roses are synonymous with passion and romance reflects the passionate nature of the warring Houses of York and Lancashire.  The war of the roses and the resulting unification of the white and red rose into one- the Tudor Rose, marked a turbulent time in English history. However with the union, which is significant in the history of the Tudors and the monarchy. The symbolisms behind the use of the rose as a national flower conveys the hope of a future filled with unity, passion and prosperity.

Therefore why not use the services of florists such as Flowers24hours to arrange and send flowers, packaged as a gift to the ones you love.  We could recreate the symbolism of the Tudor rose by producing a combination of white and red rose as a gift to a family, spouse or friend to brighten their day. By using or same day delivery service to send flowers to that special someone, we ensure that they are receiving your affirmation that you wish them all the best, hope, prosperity and unity in their lives.

London Florist like flowers24hours can send bespoke floral packages of roses varying in colour from red, white to pink to family members or loved ones, through using our online facilities and same day delivery services. Most UK florists deliver and send flowers to many throughout the UK and London.  It is often far easier to arrange and send flowers in London, in order to surprise and demonstrate your appreciation for your significant someone as a gift, by using the online services.

And although the Tudor rose does not exist in its original design in today’s society; the national flower still remains a rose and is often depicted in a solid red colour. The symbolism behind the rose, the ideas of hope, prosperity, love passion and unity still exist today for the people of England.

Written by Roxane


Flowers: A History of Symbolism in UK Countries was last modified: July 16th, 2014 by Todd

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