LANGUAGE AND MEANING OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS
The Gardenia had a great popularity in the twenties as it was associated with the figure of the "viveur, a worldly man devoted to pleasures and entertainment" who always wore it in his buttonhole.
Domenico Modugno himself resumed this figure in his magnificent song "Old Tailcoat":
"(...) He has a top hat,
two diamonds for cufflinks,
a crystal staff,
the gardenia in the buttonhole and on the white waistcoat,
a bow tie, a bow tie
blue silk (...) "
The British had also invented a small glass vial that contained a few drops of water to put under the collar to keep the flower in the water so that it remained fragrant.
Due to its characteristics, it lasts only a few days in bloom, in any case it inspired the symbol of the transience of beauty.
Even the great Cuban singer, Antonio Machin, famous after the war, wrote "Dos gardenias" giving this extraordinary flower a meaning of its own:
Dos gardenias para ti, with ellas quiero te decir
te quiero, te adoro, mi vida.
Ponle toda tu atention
porque son tu corazon y el mio.
Dos gardenias para tí A tu lado vivirán But yes,
que tendrán todo el calor
de un beso de esos besos que te dí
y que jamás encontrarás in el calor de otro querer.
y if hablarán
como cuando estás conmigo
Y hasta creerás que te dirán: "Te quiero".
un atardecer las gardenias de mi amor
se mueren es porque
han adivinado que tu amor
me has traicionado porque exite otro querer.
A tu lado vivirán
And he became so popular that when he died, a statue of an angel holding a gardenia was erected on his tomb (in San Fernando de Sevilla).
Gardenia jasminoides of the family of Rubiaceae it is the most widespread houseplant of the genus Gardenia. It is a shrub of tropical origin, with beautiful shiny and evergreen leaves, which remains small in pot cultivation: even after years it does not exceed one meter in height. Held indoors in the best conditions, the gardenia blooms from April / May for about two months, with very fragrant white flowers reminiscent of those of the camellia, with a diameter of about 8 cm. But unfortunately plant management is not that simple and problems can often arise.
The attribution of a symbolic meaning to flowers and plants was the work of Mary Wortley Montagu, who at the time was the wife of the English ambassador to Constantinople. During his stay in the Turkish capital in the first decade of the 1700s, he learned of selam, a local custom that attributed symbolic meanings to all sorts of objects, but above all to flowers, fruits and plants. He reported everything in some of his letters that were published in 1763, which gave great resonance in Europe to this topic with numerous publications on it.
Holly: strength, endurance and foresight. See Data Sheet
Alisso (Lobularia maritima): value beyond beauty.
Laurel: triumph, glory and success. See Data Sheet
Anemone: desolation, abandonment, feeling abandoned, feeling betrayed. See Data Sheet
Orange: generosity. See Data Sheet
Aster: intellectual depth and eternal love. See Data Sheet
Azalea: luck and fragile passion. See Data Sheet
Bacopa: pure conscience. See Data Sheet
Hawthorn: hope and prudence. See Data Sheet
Leon's mouth: indifference and presumption. See Data Sheet
Bouvardia: enthusiasm. See Data Sheet
Snowdrop: consolation and hope. See Data Sheet
Beautiful during the day: coquetry. See Data Sheet
Beautiful at night: shyness. See Data Sheet
Beautiful of Ireland: good luck.
Brassica: profit, is associated with births. See Data Sheet
Bougainvillea: passion. See Data Sheet
Cactus: passionate love. See Data Sheet
Calamondino: luck. See Data Sheet
Calla: modesty. See Data Sheet
Camellia: sacrifice. See Data Sheet
Red camellia: flame in my heart. See Data Sheet
White camellia: you're adorable. See Data Sheet
Campanula: perseverance and hope. See Data Sheet
Celosia: immortality. See Data Sheet
Cyclamen: shy hope. See Data Sheet
Clematis: joy, luck, success.See Data Sheet
Chrysanthemum: symbol of the commemoration of the dead. See Sheet
Dahlia: gratitude, good taste and dignity. See Data Sheet
Dimorfoteca: freedom, to be free. See Data Sheet
Dipladenia: overcoming difficult situations. See Data Sheet
Dracaena: you are about to fall into the trap. See Data Sheet
Drosanthemum (Jupiter's Beard): triumph and victory over the enemy. See Data Sheet
Ivy: fidelity, exclusive love. See Data Sheet
Heather: solitude. See Data Sheet
Eucalyptus: protection. See Data Sheet
Euryops: means "big eye". See Data Sheet
Cornflower: delicacy, first love and bliss. See Data Sheet
Wax flower: consecration.
Orange flowers: virginity, fecundity and purity.
Cherry blossoms: good education.
Lotus flower: purity.
Peach flowers: immortal love. See Data Sheet
Freesia: lasting friendship. See Data Sheet
Fuchsia: grace and grace. See Data Sheet
Gardenia: sincerity and refinement. See Data Sheet
White carnation: fidelity. See Data Sheet
Red carnation: anger, resentment and energy. See Data Sheet
Gaura: superb. See Data Sheet
Gazania: wealth.See Sheet
White jasmine: kindness and affection. See Data Sheet
Red geranium: you are a comfort to me. See Data Sheet
Pink geranium: I prefer you. See Data Sheet
Five-spotted geranium: humiliation. See Data Sheet
Scarlet geranium: stupidity. See Data Sheet
Imperial geranium: stable relationships, sentimental stability. See Data Sheet
Gerbera: cheerfulness. See Data Sheet
Lily: purity and royalty. See Data Sheet
Sunflower: adoring love. See Data Sheet
Iberis: indifference. See Data Sheet
Hibiscus: delicate beauty.
Iris: faith, hope, good news and sincerity. See Data Sheet
Lantana: rigor. See Data Sheet
Lavender: good luck, mistrust and detachment. See Data Sheet
White lilac: purity and virginity. See Data Sheet
Yellow lilac: I'm in the clouds. See Data Sheet
Lemon: enthusiasm. See Data Sheet
Lithodora: strength and fragility. See Data Sheet
Lobelia: despair. See Sheet
Magnolia: nobility and dignity. See Data Sheet
Mandevilla: flashy beauty symbolizes overcoming problems. See Data Sheet
Daisy: simplicity, spontaneity and purity. See Data Sheet
Mimosa: innocence, freedom, autonomy and sensitivity.
Thrush: virginity, coquetry. See Data Sheet
Peppermint: warmth of feeling. See Sheet
Narcissus: uncertainty and unrequited love. See Data Sheet
Nemesia: justice and respect for the rules. See Data Sheet
Do not forget me: eternal love. See Data Sheet
Water lily: purity of heart. See Data Sheet
New Guinea: impatience, virility. See Data Sheet
Olive tree: sacred plant, symbol of peace. See Data Sheet
Orchid: sensuality, passion and refined beauty. See Data Sheet
Ballerina orchid: spiritual perfection and harmony. See Data Sheet
Origan: joy. See Data Sheet
Ornithogalum: reconciliation. See Data Sheet
Hydrangea: birth of a love. See Data Sheet
Pink poppy: serenity, vivacity. See Data Sheet
Red poppy: pride. See Data Sheet
Petunia Nana: love that cannot be hidden. See Data Sheet
Smile plant: Laughter, joy, smile. See Data Sheet
Pothos: desire or mourning, in the sense of eternal.
Parsley: festivity. See Data Sheet
Passionflower: fidelity. See Data Sheet
Rhododendron: first love. See Data Sheet
Orange rose: seduction. See Data Sheet
White Rose: silence and purity. See Data Sheet
Yellow rose: jealousy and infidelity. See Data Sheet
Peach pink: modesty. See Data Sheet
Pink rose: tenderness, grace, friendship and innocence. See Data Sheet
Red rose: passion and true love. See Data Sheet
Dark red pink: unconscious beauty. See Data Sheet
Purple rose: enchantment. See Data Sheet
Rosemary: I remember. See Data Sheet
Houseleek: domestic economy. See Data Sheet
Sensitive Plant: sensitivity. See Data Sheet
Stramonium: camouflage. See Data Sheet
Spatafillo: I will defend you. See Data Sheet
Tulip: true love. See Data Sheet
Red tulip: love declaration. See Data Sheet
Yellow tulip: the sun is in your smile. See Data Sheet
Violet tulip: modesty. See Data Sheet
Ulmaria: vanity and uselessness.
Pansy: intense and romantic thinking. See Data Sheet
Violet: humility and modesty. See Data Sheet
Mistletoe: I overcome all obstacles. See Data Sheet
There gardenia is an easy plant to grow but very demanding and requires some precautions and remedies:
Use cultivation medium with an acidic pH as it is a acidophilic plant.
The water used for watering must be low in limestone, possibly rainy.
If this is impossible, the gardenia should be watered with water at room temperature suitable for decanting throughout the day in the watering can before serving.
Avoid water stagnation: just empty the saucer after the plant has met its water needs.
To avoid the'Yellowing of the leaves a disease known as leaf chlorosis, it is advisable to periodically administer sequestrene diluted in the watering water according to the doses indicated on the purchase package. This precaution avoids the early fall of the flower buds as the plant normally carrying out chlorophyll photosynthesis supplies itself with the essential nutrients and energy necessary to complete the flowering of all its flower buds.
Gardenia is a plant that loves the light but not the direct rays of the sun and therefore it is advisable to place it in places sheltered from the wind, not too hot and not excessively dry.
Periodically it is good to carry out the repotting, preferably in April, using pots a few cm larger and new specific soil for flowering plants.
A light pruning of older branches pushes the plant to emit new floriferous twigs and larger flowers.
Usually the side buds fall early as the plant, like all the others, does not have the necessary strength to make them all open.
Outdoor gardenia should be repaired as soon as temperatures begin to drop below 18 ° C.
Finally, we must not forget that the early fall of gardenias flowers it can be caused by parasites such as black aphids that damage the stems and consequently weaken the flowers that collapse and then fall lifeless.
Sprinkle it every now and then for preventive purposes with biological pesticides such as nettle pesticide or horsetail pesticide.
For all those who believe and hope in true love but do not go too far with romance, there is an alternative to the classic bouquet of flowers.
In fact, the idea is also widespread that cut flowers, destined to last a short time, are not a good omen for a couple, even if consolidated by 25 years of marriage.
For this other type of taste there is an alternative gift.
I am referring to potted plants: an elegant solution that will be equally appreciated, in general, by any couple.
Also for this choice you have two alternatives:
Sometimes we choose the flowers to our taste but remember that for the perfect flowers for the 25th anniversary of marriage it is essential to choose those that reflect the preferences of the recipients.
Yes, it is not easy at all but in this respect potted plants come to your rescue!
You may also not dwell too much on choosing the right flower, perhaps taking advantage of the trick of buying a beautiful vase.
This should be in line with the style and furnishings of the couple's home or simply with the wife's preference.
Also for this alternative I have two important tips:
Green plants are allowed, in case of strong indecision but, also keep in mind that a flowering plant will make a good impression and have a greater stage presence, worthy of a 25-year wedding anniversary.
But which are the most suitable plants?
Here are 3 more ideas to go without fail:
The first thing that comes to mind when we think of Gardenia are the flowers. Large, fleshy, candid white buds (but there may be slight nuances) appear abundantly on this shrub with glossy leaves and characterized by an intense dark green color. The contrast of colors is brilliant as well as the scent emanating from the flower that blooms in spring and lasts throughout the summer. There are over 100 different species of gardenia and some of these have very particular blooms, some are tinged with bright colors and others maintain a more subdued color.
Gardenia is mainly cultivated for its beautiful white flower which gives off an intense and very pleasant fragrance. Even in the past, the Gardenia flower was highly appreciated, so much so that the gentlemen of the 1920s, the so-called viveurs, used to pin the beautiful flower in the buttonhole of their jacket.
It is in the language of flowers that a precise meaning is attributed to Gardenia. Florigraphy (language of flowers) was a kind of language developed in the 19th century in which flowers were used to express feelings, Gardenia symbolized sincerity!
If you want to see a list of the meanings of the most common flowers follow this link on Wikipedia.
However, it is difficult to attribute a real meaning to Gardenia, there are so many species to the way that almost every popular tradition and culture has established its own meaning.