For many centuries couples have celebrated their love for each other on the 14th February, otherwise known as Valentine's Day. This tradition is said to have begun back in third century Rome, where a daring young priest “ St Valentine “ was sentenced to death for secretly marrying young couples, a practice that had been forbidden by an emperor who wanted soldiers to remain unfettered by the constraints of married life. Before his death he wrote one last letter to his beloved, signing it 'from your Valentine' and so a legend was born, for which florists and flower delivery London have forever been thankful!
Sending romantic letters and cards like St Valentine is still an important part of Valentine's Day – particularly those send anonymously – however sending flowers has now also become a popular part of the Valentine's tradition. There are those that think the gift of flowers is too predictable, but it is undeniable that receiving flowers will bring a smile to anyone's face.
We all know that buying gifts can be a tricky business, but arranging flower delivery London – or almost anywhere in the world – couldn't be simpler. Your local florist in London or your home town will be able to help you choose the perfect bouquet for your beloved, ensuring that they won't be disappointed on the morning of February 14th.
Many would agree that sending a bouquet of flowers is a relatively predictable choice of romantic gift; however it hasn't always been this way. In fact it is only in the last couple of centuries that sending flowers as a gift has become common practice after it was introduced by King Charles II of Sweden. King Charles took great inspiration from the Persian 'language of flowers', in which each different flower is used to represent a specific message or emotion, thus allowing lovers to send secret messages in the form of beautiful bouquets.
Flower delivery London and worldwide is extremely popular on Valentine's Day and the flower that most people choose to send on this day is the red rose. Despite the fact that few people now know about the language of flowers, the red rose is still strongly associated with romance and passion in modern society. Many believe that this association dates back to Roman times, as the red rose is said to be Venus's – Goddess of Love – favourite flower.
Many florists in London will tell you that it is not only red roses that are popular on Valentine's Day, with pink roses coming in a close second. Traditionally the pink rose is sent to say 'thank you', so could flower make for the perfect Valentine's Day gift if you are searching for a way to show your loved one how grateful you are to have them in your life. If, on the other hand, you are feeling frisky, then peach or coral roses are the way to go, as these represent lust and passion!
Valentine's Day will always be associated with red roses, but that doesn't mean you should be put off from making a more original flower choice. Perhaps, like King Charles II, you might like to take inspiration from the language of flowers and send an arrangement that convey your specific feelings. Flowers perfect for Valentine's Day include alstromeria, representing commitment and devotion; lilacs, representing first love; and pansies, representing love at first sight. Florists in London will be able to offer extensive advice on choosing the right flowers.
So while you might think talking to florists in London to arrange for a delivery of beautiful flowers to your loved is a little uninspiring, by doing so you are actually honouring a very romantic tradition that has been celebrated by loved-up couples for years and years. It is, however, important to remember that for a Valentine's Day flower delivery London (or anywhere else!), make sure you speak to your florist well in advance. Remember that this is the busiest time of year for florists!