Over our 50 years in business we have come to realize that when someone sends flowers they are hoping to send much more than just a beautiful bouquet or arrangement. There is often an emotion that the sender wishes to accompany those flowers. To put it simply, people use flowers as a means of communication. Flowers are the best and perhaps only way to “send” and emotion. We use flowers to say “I love you”, “I am sorry for your loss”, “Congratulations!” And whatever else we may be feeling.
With this in mind, customers often ask us what the meaning is behind various flowers. To tell the truth, in Montreal and North America for the most part the meaning of individual blooms has been lost or at least ignored over the past few decades. Part of the difficulty lies in the fact that we are such a multicultural country and city. The meaning of a bloom to one cultural background could, and often does mean something completely different to someone of another cultural background! At Westmount florist we tend to speak more in colours. Bright and cheerful for happy, soft and delicate for a gentle touch or all white and green for sympathy.
As you will see here in our Flower Meaning Guide many flowers names and symbolism come from mythology. As mentioned above most people no longer look into the individual meaning of flowers. The emotions you wish to send can be conveyed with color and design. We invite you to find some of the traditional meanings of different flowers from this guide however we recommend looking into your recipient's cultural background to be sure the emotion you wish to convey matches your beautiful bouquet and arrangement!