Flowers and One Bee

by Sherry Riter in Memory,Mom,Nature,The Redhead Riter

How did the whole tradition of “giving flowers”to each other begin?

The practice of assigning meanings to flowers is known as floriography which was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken.

Isn’t that just so romantic?

Here are some pictures and meanings of a few flower favorites:

ARBUTUS – Thee Only Do I Love


CAMELLIA (PINK) – Longing for you

CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) – You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.

DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You

GARDENIA -You’re Lovely, Secret Love

IRIS – Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor, My Compliments

MONKSHOOD – Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near

ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness

PRIMROSE – I Can’t Live Without You

SPIDER FLOWER – Elope with Me

STEPHANOTIS – Happiness in Marriage, Desire to Travel

SWEETPEA – Good-bye, Departure, Blissful Pleasure, Thank You for a Lovely Time

TULIP (GENERAL) – Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland
TULIP (RED) – Believe Me, Declaration of Love

ZINNIA (MAGENTA) – Lasting Affection

When I was a little girl I loved to play outside with the neighborhood children. I also loved plants and flowers, but I did not like bugs and was terrified of bees. Our yard had a whole bunch of bee covered flowers which I did my best to avoid.

One day, all the older children came over to my backyard and wanted to play “Cowboys and Indians.” They all decided that I was the only Indian and they were the Cowboys. We chased each other and hid as children do.

It was finally time to be “captured” and they tied me to my blue and white swing set. It was all in good fun until…

A bee landed on my bare leg.


The bee stung me.


Everyone thought that I was being a really good “captured” Indian, so they basically ignored me until I started to cry.

I remember Mom rushing out and saying, “Why did you let them tie you up?”

I still can see her face. She was so perplexed and obviously wondered why “her” child would allow such a thing to happen.

All I really remember about the rest of the experience was that she put some kind of thick (I mean REALLY THICK) black goo on it. Boy did the sting hurt and my leg was so swollen!

I guess you can guess how I act now every time a bee gets close to me…yep…I scream like a crazy girl and run with my hair flying and arms flailing.


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1 accidentally, kle September 16, 2009 at 8:06 am

i love reading flower meanings! i had gerberas as my main flower for my wedding – 'You're the sunshine of my life' 🙂


2 Mesina September 16, 2009 at 9:21 am

What a great post! I might have secretly emailed it to my other half…maybe in the hopes of getting a special message from him?! I dunno….*whistles* nah! hehe, he's great about giving flowers to be fair 🙂

Ouch on the bee sting! Those sorts of things can make for a lasting impression 🙁


3 Penelope September 16, 2009 at 11:07 am

Hi back from SITS


4 kim September 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Great post, I love flowers and now to know their secret meaning is really great.

have a great day!Thanks for following my blog.


5 Michelle September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Sounds like something my kids would do.

beautiful flowers.


6 Pam September 16, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The flower information was so interesting. I could see my daughter doing the same things you do when you see a bee.


7 shelley September 16, 2009 at 5:50 pm

my goodness, you have the most beautiful flowers, your gardens must look lovely! i love gardenia's and the smell, yum!! so many pretty flowers! and bee's i hate them 2! but i love honey! LOL hope you are having a wonderful day!


8 Judy Harper September 17, 2009 at 2:53 am

The pictures of the flowers, are they from your garden or do you go to other places and take the pictures? They're beautiful!


9 KK September 17, 2009 at 4:18 am

Oh you poor thing! The flowers are beautiful though, I love flowers!


10 Scrappy Girl September 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm


I hate bees.


11 Lisa September 17, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Learn something new everyday! I knew that flowers had special meanings but had no idea how extensive! Very interesting~

You have my sympathy over the bee situation. I was stung by a wasp recently and, well, it HURT!

Lisa @
All That and a Box of Rocks


12 Diana September 17, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Enjoyed the beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing them.



13 MaryRC September 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm

i love flowers especially ones that arent roses, roses bore me.


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