FLOWER MEANINGS – PICK YOUR FAVORITE

Durante el confinamiento del 2020 muchos descubrieron una pasión por la repostería o por el crossfit, lo cual no fue mi caso…. ¡oops! Sin embargo descubrí el amor por las flores, aunque ha decir verdad yo ya era un chico de plantas. Algunas personas me han dicho que no compran flores porque se mueren, pero creo que es precisamente ese encanto efímero lo que las hace tan especiales, aunque algunas como las dalías tienen una vida demasiado corta./ During 2020 lockdown, many people discovered a passion for bakery or for crossfit, which was not my case…. Oops! However, I discovered the love for flowers, but being honest I was already a plant boy. Some people have told me that they do not buy flowers because they die, but I think that ephemeral charm is precisely what makes them so special, although some, like dahlias, last too little. The nice thing is to discover the art of flower meanings and their symbolism.

🌸 FLOWER MEANINGS & SYMBOLISM 🌼

Me gusta pensar que el hechizo de las flores radica en que nos acompañan en momentos que después recordaremos, los cuales al igual que ellas no tienen una vida eterna: reencuentros, un logro especial, comidas con amigos que se transforman en cenas o momentos estresantes que se hacen más ligeros al contemplar como una flor se abre. Creo que muchas veces no nos damos cuenta, pero la vida gira alrededor de la naturaleza y una flor es más que un ornamento o un detalle bonito./ I like to think that the spell of flowers is that they accompany us in moments that we will later remember, which like them do not have an eternal life: reunions, a special achievement, meals with friends that turn into dinners or stressful moments that become lighter if you contemplate a flower blooming. I think that many times we do not realize it, but life revolves around nature and a flower is more than an ornament or a beautiful detail… Have you ever wondered where flower meanings come from?

Durante la época victoriana, las flores se regalaban para enviar mensajes codificados y así expresar sentimientos. El lenguaje de las flores o la floriografía se importó de Asia a Europa y se volvió muy popular./ During Victorian times, flowers were given as gifts to send coded messages to express feelings. Floriography – flower meanings – was imported from Asia to Europe and became very popular.

Elige una flor que te represente y tal vez puedas pedir un bouquet con ella la próxima vez. La puedes compartir en Instagram y si es así me etiquetas @heyfungi ¡Me haría mucha ilusión!/ Pick a flower that represents you and maybe you can order a bouquet with it next time. You can share it on Instagram and if so, tag me @heyfungi I would be very excited! Let’s discover flower meanings !

🌺 LIRIO / LILY 🌺

Elegantes, resistentes y con una forma exótica. El significado del lirio varia dependiendo de su color, pero los romanos solían dar lirios a las mujeres para desearles una vida fructífera, mientras que en la época victoriana se entregaban con fines amorosos. También es utilizado para momentos difíciles o de transición y por eso se suelen ver en los funerales./ Elegant, resistant and with exotic shapes. The meaning of the lily varies depending on its color, but the Romans used to give lilies to women to wish them a fruitful life, while in Victorian times they were given for love purposes. It is also used for difficult or transitional moments and that is why they are often seen at funerals.

🌳 HORTENSIA / HYDRANGEA 🌳

Las hortensias son la flor del verano y como tip, las verdes son las que se secan para después preservarlas. Simbolizan la gratitud y la abundancia, debido a su cantidad abundante de flores./ Hydrangeas are the flower of summer and as a tip, the green ones are the ones that dry and can be preserved They symbolize gratitude and abundance, due to their abundant amount of flowers.

🌷 TULIPÁN / TULIP 🌷

La favorita de muchas personas y la que grita primavera. Simbolizan el éxito, la felicidad y la esperanza, esto último tal vez porque son de las primeras flores que se atisban con el final del invierno./ The favorite of many people and the one that screams spring. They symbolize success, happiness and hope, the latter perhaps because they are the first flowers to be seen at the end of winter.

🌼 AMAPOLA / POPPY 🌼

Creo que es mi flor, pero su vida es demasiado corta. Los significados cambian dependiendo de la cultura, pero el que más se repite son el renacer y la nueva juventud, tal vez porque son de las primeras flores que aparecen después del invierno./ I think it is my flower, but its life is too short. The meanings change depending on the culture, but the most repeated are rebirth and new youth, perhaps because they are the first flowers to appear after winter.

🌻 NARCISO / NARCISSUS-DAFFODIL 🌻

Una de las flores complicadas en esta lista, pues simbolizan el engaño y la mentira, precisamente por el mito griego de Narciso. Si se regala un sola flor se predice una desgracia, pero si se regala un ramo se asocia a éxito y felicidad, así que cuidado./ One of the complicated flowers on this list, as they symbolize deception and lies, precisely because of the Greek myth of Narcissus. If you give just a single flower, a misfortune is predicted, but if you give a bouquet it is associated with success and happiness, so be careful.

🌹 ROSA / ROSE 🌹

La reina de las flores aunque a mi parecer a veces opaca demasiado a otras flores que son igual o más bonitas. Son demasiados los significados que he encontrado para las rosas, pero se suelen repetir el amor y también la unidad, pero el significado cambia mucho dependiendo de su color./ The queen of flowers, although in my opinion it sometimes overshadows other flowers that are also beautiful. There are too many meanings that I have found for roses, but love and unity are often repeated, but the meaning changes a lot depending on its color.

💐 PEONÍA / PEONY 💐

Una opinión un poco controvertida, pero para mi las peonías son más bonitas que las rosas. Ver como se abre una peonía es un auténtico espectáculo y está ligada a conceptos como la libertad, la prosperidad y la riqueza./ A slightly controversial opinion, but for me, peonies are prettier than roses. Seeing a peony open is a real spectacle and is linked to concepts such as freedom, prosperity and wealth.

🌕 CRISANTEMO / CHRYSANTHEMUM 🌕

O la flor de los mil pétalos, su nombre viene de “Chrys” (oro) y “antemión” (flor) en griego antiguo. Es una flor que en América y en Europa se suele asociar a los funerales y al dolor. Mientras que en Australia son la flor oficial del día de la madre y en China son un buen regalo para un cumpleaños al representar una vida larga y con riquezas./ Or the flower of the thousand petals, its name comes from “Chrys” (gold) and “anthemion” (flower) in ancient Greek. It is a flower that in America and Europe is often associated with funerals and pain. While in Australia they are the official mother’s day flower and in China they are a good gift for a birthday as they represent a long and rich life.

🌸 ORQUÍDEA / ORCHID 🌸

Todos son halagos para las orquídeas: belleza, sabiduría, admiración e incluso lujuria, dependiendo del color./ All are compliments to orchids: beauty, wisdom, admiration, and even lust, depending on the color.

🌱 IRIS 🌱

Su nombre está unido a su simbología (arcoris). Se suele asociar con fé, valentía y sabiduría. En el antiguo Egipto, si una persona era sepultada con estas flores podía llegar al más allá con estas cualidades./ Its name is linked to its symbolism (arcoris- rainbow). It is often associated with faith, courage, and wisdom. In ancient Egypt, if a person was buried with these flowers, they could reach the afterlife with these qualities.

¿Cuál es tu flor favorita? Hay tanto por descubrir en las plantas y en las flores y tal vez haga una segunda parte de este post./ What’s your favourite flower? There is so much to discover in plants and flowers and maybe I will make a second part of this post. It was surprising and interesting to discover many flower meanings.

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  • Oh this was so interesting to read and of course with beautiful illustrations. I love all flowers and yes peonies are prettier then roses and are used a lot in weddings. Funny how flowers have different meanings in different countries. I love impatiens for outside so easy to maintain and they multiple on their own. I also have some Dahlias but are struggling with them they are not blooming vibrantly any advice? Not sure what I am doing wrong lol.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Thank you so much for checking it out Allie!

      Maybe those dahlias needs some fertilizer to give them a boost? Let me know 🙂

      All the best!

  • I’m lover of flowers, so it is not surprising I like all the flowers on this list. It was interesting to read about their meanings and history. I knew about some of them.
    In Croatian Crisantemo is called Crisantema-similar to the Spanish name for it. I always regretted the fact they were reserved for funerals here because they are gorgeous flowers.
    Beautiful illustrations. You are a talented artist.

    • Oooh thank you so much Ivana! I like all of them too, each one has a place in my heart 🙂

      And yes, Crisantemos has such an adorable shape, maybe you can mix it with other flowers in order to avoide that “funeral look”

      All the best, xx

  • I like orchids but I am no good with keeping the plants alive – I enjoy seeing them in the flower stalls in their little pots though! These are beautiful illustrations as well, you captured the flowers so well! 🙂 I always enjoy having fresh flowers in the house although I don’t buy them as often as I should!

    Hope you are having a good weekend! Was a busy day yesterday so will be a relaxing one today!

    • Thanks for stopping by Mica! Oooh sad to read that, maybe you can start with some easy plants, like sansevieria or a pothos 🙂 Let me know if you buy flowers soon, I have seen some beautiful flowers in Australian flower accounts ♥️

  • Hey Fungi!

    How are you? I am so happy because of your beautiful flower illustrations and stories:)
    It is wonderful idea that we can share our favorite one on instagram! I can’t wait to do it with your account!!

    My favorite flower is Lily because it looks so elegant and good aroma. Lyly’s aroma and Goro’s one are good layering:) I also love peony! Your favorite poppy’s meaning is so you!
    I am looking forward to the seeing second<3

    akiko
    https://kimonosnack.blogspot.com

    • Hey Akiko,

      Doing good, trying to survive this summer heat but happy overall 🙂

      Oooh I know you love Lillies since I always see them on your Instagram, honestly they always look spectacular and they are available during many seasons 🙂

      Best xx

  • I’m so in love with the first illustration you made. I won’t mind to have this illustration in a frame in my house.
    And this article is amazing.
    I love flowers. I don’t get a bouquet very often here since you know flowers are expensive here but when I do have one It makes me so happy to stare about them.
    How nice to learn more about the meanings of theses flowers. I love peonies a lot and the poppies.
    And yes it’s funny how chrysanthemum can mean something different from one country to an other. I never liked theses flowers since they remind me of funerals.
    I just bought the book of flowers by Taschen it’s a beautiful book I’m sure you’ll love it. It’s also full of illustrations.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    • Hey Margot, thank you so much for stopping by and for your lovely compliments 🙂

      I’m about to release some prints soon, this flower illustration art is not printed but you gave me an idea to release it too 🙂

      Sad to hear that flowers are expensive in your area, hopefully you can have more options in your next destination 🙂

      And about that Taschen book thanks for the recommendation! I definitely need to get that one for my collection 😉

      Pablo

    • Thank you so much for your lovely compliments Michelle!

      Happy to know that you saw many lovely flowers and plants in North Carolina *_*

  • Hola Pablo, how’s going things there in Spain? I’ve heard not very good, but honestly seems that the situation is getting worse almost everywhere: just let’s hope for better times…
    Even here, despite the fact that a lot of people is vaccined and that the situation is not very very alarming, we’re living is sort of limbo where “you can do some things more than before (like going at a concert) but with restrictions and still some risks”, really at this point better not to do it all!
    Anyway the summer goes, and I am lucky enough to have some chance to still enjoy it despite everything, so guess I shouldn’t complain!^^

    But let’s pass to the topic of the day, really one of my fav ever!!!! You know how much I love flowers and plants, and this post was really a beautiful surprise to me!
    Like you, I was a plant girl too even before the pandemic, but after the first quarantine I became a true flower lover ( and a pretty good yogi as well)!
    Your post was super interesting and informative: I love the idea to communicate through flowers! Plus, all the flowers you’ve choose here are among my faves (even if my bests are roses and peonies).
    Your illustrations are soooooo beautiful as well ( I know I say it almost every time, but, believe me, I really think it): you’ve managed to express at the best the siplicity and the gentleness of these blooms but with a modern and very cool touch! Really you did an amazing job!

    Have a wonderful week, my friend!
    Take care!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com/

    • Hola Silvia, hope you’re having a lovely week so far 🙂

      Thanks a lot for your latest comment and for always sharing your opinions with me. This is really valuable and I can’t thank you enough for the time you take to check the blog. The situation over here is not ideal, haha, sorry for the honesty, but at least there’s not a lockdown and you can go outside being cautious, I think that is the key. How’s the situation over Italy with the controversy of the sanitary pass?

      I know you love flowers, so I am happy to know you loved this blog post! Happy to find flower lovers around the globe 😉

      All the best!

  • Roses definitely overshadow many gorgeous flowers! Lilies are my favorite from this list, they’re so beautiful to look at, and so large as well. I never have much luck with orchids, unfortunately, they always die on me!

    • Thank you for stopping by Ellis!

      Lillies are so nice seems they have a strong attitude and they’re available during many months!

      Sorry to heart that about orchids, I need to have an experience with those soon since they are so beautiful!

  • Hi Pablo,
    this post was so fascinating!
    Peonies are my favourites 🙂 It´s funny how flowers can also have different meanings in different countries. I will always remember a situation with my literature teacher in school, who said it´s wrong that the smell of peonies is nice and that everyone should know that only grandmas with too much perfume like them.. I can still not understand that, especially as peonies are often used as wedding decorations. If they would be “too much” why are they the typical choice then for table decorations?

    Super cute graphics as well! 🙂

    have a great day,
    Tiziana

    http://www.tizianaolbrich.de

    • Hello Tiziana, thank you so much for checking this out! First of all I hope everything is going well with your movement of coutnry 🙂

      Thanks for sharing this curious story with me, peonies smell really strong and the oddor changes depending on the stage of the flower. First they smell really nice and then you want to throw them away. Maybe the story is related with that haha.

      But yes they are often used for weddings and for table decorations, but maybe they use the flower when is not that opened I guess jeje 🙂

      Take care!
      Pablo

  • Pablo, I’ve missed you and your posts so much! Finally back from my summer break that became longer than I expected, but I needed it. The first time in 5.5 years of The Fashion Folks I took more than a few days off. Damn haha. Anyway, happy to be back here and with you. I personally adore the peonies, they’re just simply stunning. And I agree with you on them being prettier than roses hahah, ups. But seriously, ofc roses are gorgeous too but there are so many more flowers that are prettier? Haha am I allowed to say that? Well, peonies are stunning and I also love allium flowers, the giant ones. They look so animated and random, but love them. Hope you’re having a flawless summer! Xx

    • Hey Mia, I missed you over here but breaks are always necessary and they help us with creativity too, not only with physical energy 🙂

      Thank you so much for your comment! As you peonies are some of my favorite flowers and you are allowed to say that about roses. I mean they are beautiful, but there are many gorgeous options around there, not only roses right?

      Hope you’re having a lovely summer too!
      Pablo

  • Wow what a fun post with incredible illustrations! I had no idea that flowers were gifted with coded meanings during Victorian times. This should be in Bridgerton! My favorite flower is definitely orchids so I am excited to learn they are associated with beauty and wisdom. I can never keep my orchid plants alive though so maybe I’m not so wise haha

    Jill
    https://jilliancecilia.com/