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Protecting Your Rose Bushes

February 11, 2013 5:16 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

William asks…

Choosing and Protecting Your Rose Bushes

When planting roses do you go with what you love, or what coordinates?

Here is the thing. I love roses. At my former house I had some gorgeous roses. At this current house I have tried planting roses, but my Dogs keep eating them. I am now going to rip out 3 large bushes in the flower bed by the house to plant the roses there. (I have a gorgeous flower bed, but there are no roses in it. I know they hired someone to design that flower bed, but for me it isn’t complete without roses).
Now my favorite rose is the first prize rose. It isn’t the most fragrant, but for me those large pink flowers cannot be touched. Now that is funny, because pink is not my favorite color, but I just love that rose. I also am partial to the Chicago peace. What would you put? I have room for 4-5 rose bushes. I will admit, over the years, I have had a hard time finding a first prize rose. I am going to try really hard this year. I may need to try more than 2 nurseries, but I am willing to try. Do I give up on my favorite.? What would you plant if you had the chance?

Martin Boyle answers: Choosing and Protecting your rose bushes!

I go with what I love, whether it is color or fragrance. Next, I go for disease, pest resistance and hardiness. Many years ago, I put down some stuff I got from Jackson and Perkins that is supposed to keep dogs away.You could also erect a fence to keep out the dogs.

I have many favorites. Roses are my favorite flower. For pink, I love Fragrant Memory. Double Delight is beautiful for it’s reddish pink and ivory blooms, and the fragrance is delightful!! For a climber, I love New Dawn. Not very fragrant, though, but very hardy. I love Mr. Lincoln because it’s extremely hardy, the blooms last forever and it’s very fragrant as well. Princess Diana is a beautiful rose, but mine died the first year, so it depends on where you live. I live in the Midwest. Gee, I better stop. There are so many I love.

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Your Questions About Flowers And Their Meanings

September 24, 2012 10:38 am
posted by Martin Boyle

William asks…

A list of types of flowers and their meanings.?

I want to know the meanings of types of flowers, give a me a whole list of types of flowers and explain what they mean and represent and what they stand for. Please and thank you for your help and if you don’t mind please.

Martin Boyle answers:

ACACIA – Concealed Love, Beauty in Retirement, Chaste Love
AMBROSIA – Your Love is Reciprocated
AMARYLLIS – Pride, Pastoral Poetry
ANEMONE – Forsaken
ARBUTUS – Thee Only Do I Love
ASTER – Symbol of Love, Daintiness
AZALEA – Take Care of Yourself for Me, Temperance, Fragile Passion, Chinese Symbol of Womanhood
BACHELOR BUTTON – Single Blessedness
BEGONIA – Beware
BLUEBELL – Humility
CACTUS – Endurance
CAMELLIA (PINK) – Longing for you
CAMELLIA (RED) – You’re a Flame in My Heart
CAMELLIA (WHITE) – You’re Adorable
CARNATION (GENERAL) – Fascination, Woman Love
CARNATION (PINK) – I’ll Never Forget You
CARNATION (RED) – My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
CARNATION (PURPLE) – Capriciousness
CARNATION (STRIPED) – No, Refusal, Sorry I Can’t Be With You, Wish I Could Be With You
CARNATION (WHITE) – Sweet and Lovely, Innocence, Pure Love, Woman’s Good Luck Gift
CARNATION (YELLOW) – You Have Disappointed Me, Rejection
CATTAIL – Peace, Prosperity
CHRYSANTHEMUM (GENERAL) – You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
CROCUS – Cheerfulness
CYCLAMEN – Resignation and Good-bye
DAFFODIL – Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You
DAISY – Innocence, Loyal Love, I’ll Never Tell, Purity
DANDELION – Faithfulness, Happiness
FERN – Magic, Fascination, Confidence and Shelter
FIR – Time
FLAX – Domestic Symbol
FORGET-ME-NOT – True Love, Memories
FORSYTHIA – Anticipation
GARDENIA – You’re Lovely, Secret Love
GERANIUM – Stupidity, Folly
GLADIOLI – Give Me a Break, I’m Really Sincere, Flower of the Gladiators
GLOXINIA – Love at First Sight
HEATHER (LAVENDER) – Admiration, Solitude
HEATHER (WHITE) – Protection, Wishes Will Come True
HOLLY – Defense, Domestic Happiness
HYACINTH (GENERAL) – Games and Sports, Rashness, Flower Dedicated to Apollo
HYACINTH (BLUE) – Constancy
HYACINTH (PURPLE) – I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Sorrow
HYACINTH (WHITE) – Loveliness, I’ll Pray for You
HYDRANGEA – Thank You for Understanding, Frigidity, Heartlessness
IRIS – Fleur-de-lis, Emblem of France, Your Friendship Means so Much to Me, Faith, Hope, Wisdom and Valor, My Compliments
IVY – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
JONQUIL – Love Me, Affection Returned, Desire, Sympathy, Desire for Affection Returned
LARKSPUR (PINK) – Fickleness
LILY (WHITE) – Virginity, Purity, Majesty, It’s Heavenly to be with You
LILY (YELLOW) – I’m Walking on Air, False and Gay
LILY (CALLA) – Beauty
LILY (DAY) – Coquetry, Chinese Emblem for Mother
LILY (EUCHARIS) – Maiden Charms
LILY (TIGER) – Wealth, Pride
LILY OF THE VALLEY – Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You’ve Made My Life Complete
MAGNOLIA – Nobility
MARIGOLD – Cruelty, Grief, Jealousy
MISTLETOE – Kiss me, Affection, To Surmount Difficulties, Sacred Plant of India
MONKSHOOD – Beware, A Deadly Foe is Near
MOSS – Maternal Love, Charity
MYRTLE – Love, Hebrew Emblem of Marriage
NARCISSUS – Egotism, Formality, Stay as Sweet as You Are
NASTURTIUM – Conquest, Victory in Battle
OLEANDER – Caution
ORANGE BLOSSOM – Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
ORCHID – Love, Beauty, Refinement, Beautiful Lady, Chinese Symbol for Many Children
ORCHID (CATTLEYA) – Mature Charm
PALM LEAVES – Victory and Success
PEONY – Shame, Happy Life, Happy Marriage
PETUNIA – Resentment, Anger, Your Presence Sooths Me
PINE – Hope, Pity
POPPY (GENERAL) – Eternal Sleep, Oblivion, Imagination
POPPY (RED) – Pleasure
POPPY (WHITE) – Consolation
POPPY (YELLOW) – Wealth, Success
PRIMROSE – I Can’t Live Without You
PRIMROSE (EVENING) – Inconstancy
ROSE (BRIDAL) – Happy Love
ROSE (HIBISCUS) – Delicate Beauty
ROSE (LEAF) – You May Hope
ROSE (PINK) – Perfect Happiness, Please Believe Me
ROSE (RED) – Love, I Love You
ROSE (TEA) – I’ll Remember Always
ROSE (THORNLESS) – Love at First Sight
ROSE (WHITE) – Innocence and Purity, I am Worthy of You, You’re Heavenly, Secrecy and Silence
ROSE (WHITE AND RED MIXED) – Unity, Flower Emblem of England
ROSE (WHITE-DRIED) – Death is Preferable to Loss of Virtue
ROSE (YELLOW) – Decrease of Love, Jealousy, Try to Care
ROSEBUD – Beauty and Youth, A Heart Innocent of Love
ROSEBUD (RED) – Pure and Lovely
ROSEBUD (WHITE) – Girlhood
ROSEBUD (MOSS) – Confessions of Love
ROSES (Bouquet of Mature Blooms) – Gratitude
ROSES (Single Full Bloom) – I Love You, I Still Love You
SMILAX – Loveliness
SNAPDRAGON – Deception, Gracious Lady
SPIDER FLOWER – Elope with Me

“The Secret Language of Flowers”


Nancy asks…

Does anyone have a list of flowers and their meanings?

Martin Boyle answers:

Roses- The Meaning of Each Color
Roses come in a wide range of colors. Each different color has a different meaning. It sends a silent, yet extremely important message from the sender to receiver. Make sure you are sending the right message when you select roses for someone, else he or she will get the wrong message!

Symbolic of: Love, beauty, courage and respect
Many existing red roses are available from the very dark Cara Mia, large-flowered Madame Delbard, bright red Kardinal to strawberry red Preference

True Love , Respect, Courage, Romantic Love, I Love You, Congratulations, Job Well Done

Symbolic of: Purity and innocence, silence or secrecy, also reverence and humility
White roses are a pure and elegant symbol of caring. Try the true white Eskimo, the purest white Tineke and an old favorite, Bridal White

Reverence , Purity, Innocence, Secrecy, I Am Worthy Of You
Keep A Secret

Deep Burgundy
Symbolic of: Unconscious beauty

Deep Pink
Say: Appreciation, Thank you
Several shades of dark pink roses from the hot pink Laser to the dark pink Prive and the medium pink variety, Diplomat.

Light Pink
Symbolic of: admiration, fun and happiness,
Among the varieties of delicate pink roses are the softly-shaded Kalinka, delicately colored Dolores, true pink Vivaldi and the favorite Bridal Pink.
Perfect Happiness
Please Believe Me

Pale Pink
Symbolic of: grace, gentleness, and gratitude, Grace, Joy

Symbolic of: Joy, gladness, friendship, delight, the promise of a new beginning
Friendship and freedom, don’t send them if your intentions are romantic.
Many shades of yellow roses are available from the large blossomed Aalsmeer Gold, medium-sized Golden Emblem to the spray rose, Rhumba.
Joy, Gladness, Freedom, Friendship,I Care, Welcome Back, Remember Me,

Symbolic of: Desire, and enthusiasm,
Roses in brilliant orange are a delight to the eye including these . . . Brightly-colored Belinda, shocking orange Lambada and apricot-hued Pareo

Lilac Roses
Symbolic of: Love at first sight
Lilac roses indicate the sender has fallen in love at first sight with the recipient and is enchanted.

Symbolic of: Enchantment

Peach Pink
Symbolic of: gratitude, sympathy, gentleness & friendship.

Pale Peach
Speak of appreciation, gratitude, and also sympathy
Soft peach hues are a delightful color gaining in popularity. Choose the very popular Osiana, the palest peach Champagne or the spray rose, Porcelina.

Let’s Get Together ,Sincerity, Gratitude, Appreciation

symbolic of: enthusiasm, fascination
Roses in brilliant orange are a delight to the eye including these . . . Brightly-colored Belinda, shocking orange Lambada and apricot-hued Pareo Desire,

symbolic of desire
Coral roses express with their passionate color, desire
The coral/peach rose family has several popular varieties including the world favorite Sonia, peach-washed Kyria and peach/pink bi-color Harmony.

Red Rosebud
A symbol of purity and loveliness

White Rosebud
Symbolic of girlhood, heart Ignorant of Love

Thornless Rose
A symbol of attachment

White Roses + Yellow Roses
A symbol of harmony

Red Roses + Yellow Roses
message of happiness and celebration
Jovial and happy feelings

Red Roses + White Roses
Indicate bonding and harmony, truth and love or true love.


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Your Questions About The Meaning Of Flowers Book

September 11, 2012 3:41 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Sharon asks…

Can someone please explain to me the metaphoric message in the book “hope for the flowers”?

I read the book “hope for the flowers” i understand the story but i know there’s a lot of metaphoric messages and in depth meaning. if you can help explain the true meaning of the book i would appreciate it!!

Martin Boyle answers:

Hope For the Flowers is a 1973 children’s novel by Trina Paulus. Hope for the Flowers is an enduring fable about two caterpillars, Yellow and Stripe, and their struggle to climb to the top of a caterpillar pillar only to discover they were meant to fly. It all starts when Stripe, the main character, first hatched from his cocoon. He began his life by eating the leaf he was born on. He realized that there was much more to life than just eating the leaf he lived on. He looked for a way to get up in the sky when suddenly he found himself at the base of a pillar made up of caterpillars struggling to get up in the sky as well. Here he meets Yellow who also wants to get to the top but feels bad about stepping on everybody. They go down the pillar and live together. But Stripe’s curiosity grew everyday and finally he decided that he will get to the top. Yellow however found out that to find their particular “more” or who they really are, is to enter the cocoon and try to be a butterfly. She triumphed and could then show Stripe what their life was really all about. Stripe then also makes a cocoon and at the end they fly off together.

Maria asks…

Can anyone help me find books/websites about the meaning/language of flowers?

I want to do a series of paintings using different flowers to help convey the feeling/idea. Problem is I don’t know very much about this, so I would appreciate any help.

I’ve heard that color as well as the type effect the message that a flower gives, and that the number is important too. Is that true?

Please don’t say “search yourself” I have, sites have given me different answers for the same flower (color and everything), so I don’t know what is what. I need the opinions of those with more knowledge on the subject.

The only book I could find was “The Meaning of Flowers: Myth, Language & Lore” by Gretchen Scoble and Ann Field. It was not as helpful as I hoped it would be.

Also I’m not looking for just happy meanings, I need anything possible, evil, kindness, sadness, anger, mourning, joy, love, revenge, friendship, etc. anything. Please.

p.s. sorry if this is the wrong category, I wasn’t sure which one to put it in.
or could someone tell me which category I should ask this question in.
I really would appreciate it.
please with a cherry on top ><

Martin Boyle answers:

Aw, man, you’re breaking my heart! The thing is, there are a whole lot of different versions and interpretations of flower meanings so there’s not one solid good place to go for answers about it. There will always be contradictions. I used to be kind of into this and here are a few sites that seem decent to me. I’m sorry, odds are you’ve already seen them.


I’m not sure what category would help you more. Maybe Mythology & Folklore? Or you could try Garden & Landscape, though from my experience there that won’t help you at all.

Good luck with your project!

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Your Questions About Flowers And Their Meanings

3:03 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Linda asks…

I need a list of flowers and their meanings I’m having troubles finding a good list?

I’m getting a tattoo on my back and I’m taking flowers that mean certain things and making them represent different family members and i need help!!! lol i can’t find a good list of flowers/meanings .. ANYONE HELP PLEASE!! thanks

Martin Boyle answers:

Acacia: Friendship
Agapanthus: Secret Love
Alstroemeria: Devotion
Amaryllis: Pride, Timidity, Splendid Beauty
Anemone: Expectations
Aster: Elegance and Love
Azalea: First Love, Temperance

Baby’s Breath: Innocence
Bachelor Button: Hope
Begonia: A fanciful nature
Bells of Ireland: Good Luck
Bouvardia: Enthusiasm
Buttercup: Childishness

Calla Lily: Magnificent Beauty
Camellia-red: Unpretending excellence
Camellia-white: Perfected loveliness
Carnation-red: Alas poor heart
Carnation-pink: I’ll never forget you
Carnation-purple: Capriciousness
Carnation-stripped: Sorry I can’t be with you
Carnation-white: Innocence
Carnation-yellow: Disdain
Chrysanthemum-red: Love
Chrysanthemum-white: Truth
Chrysanthemum-yellow: Slighted love
Crocus: Youthful gladness

Daffodil: Regard, You are the only one
Dahlia: Dignity and Elegance
Daisy: Gentleness, Innocence, Loyalty and Romance
Dandelion: Rustic Oracle
Delphinium: Flights of Fancy, Ardent Attachment

Fern: Fascination
Forget Me Not: Faithful Love, Undying Hope, Memory, Do Not Forget
Freesia: Innocence

Galax: Encouragement
Gardenia: Purity and Sweet Love
Gladiolus: Strength of character

Heather: Admiration and Beauty
Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty
Huckleberry: Faith
Hyacinth: Playful Joy

Iris: Faith, Wisdom, Valor and Promise
Ivy: Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship and Affection

Jasmine: Amiability
Jonquil: Affection Returned

Larkspur: An open Heart
Lavender: Loyalty

Lemon Leaves: Everlasting Love
Lilac-purple: First Emotion of Love
Lilac-white: Youthful innocence
Lily-orange: Wealth
Lily-white: Sweetness
Lily-yellow: Gaiety, walking on air
Lily of the Valley: Humility, Sweetness, Return of Happiness
Lotus Flower: Estranged love

Magnolia: Love of Nature
Marigold: Grief
Morning Glory: Affection
Mum: Hope
Myrtle: Home, love

Narcissus: Egotism

Orange Blossom: Innocence, Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness
Orchid: Love, Beauty and Magnificence

Pansy: Thoughtful Reflection
Peony: Happy Marriage and Prosperity
Primrose: Young Love

Ranunculus: Radiant, Charming
Rose, Pink: Perfect Happiness
Rose, White: Charm and Innocence
Rose, Red: Love and Desire
Rose-single red: I Love You
Rose-Burgundy: Unconscious love
Rose, white and red: Unity
Rose, Orange: Passion
Rose, Yellow: Joy and Gladness
Rosebud: Beauty and youth
Rosemary: Remembrance

Snapdragon: Presumption
Solidago: Success
Star of Bethlehem: Purity
Statice: Remembrance
Stephanotis: Marital Happiness
Stock: Lasting Beauty
Sunflowers: Pride
Sweet Pea: Blissful Pleasure

Tiger Lily: Prosperity
Tuberose: Dangerous Pleasure
Tulip: Love and Passion
Tulip-red: Declaration of love

Violet: Faithfulness

Wax Flower: Riches
Wisteria: Welcome

Yarrow: Healing

I actually got this from our library…I borrowed it from our librarian.I also had a hard time borrowing this because the librarian was a strict teacher,so much!

Hope i helped you…THANKZ!

Donna asks…

Flowers and their meanings?

I want to get a co-worker flowers sent to their house as just a thank you and nothing else. But I’m afraid I’ll send something like red roses and give her the wrong impression. So… is there like a “thank you flower”?

Martin Boyle answers:

What about gerbera daisies? Those are informal but very pretty. I wouldn’t do roses, myself. You could also do a small mixed arrangement – lots of different colors (as opposed to a bouquet of one color of roses) keeps things informal, too.

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Your Questions About Flowers And Their Meanings

September 5, 2012 1:29 pm
posted by Martin Boyle

Sandy asks…

Where can i find legit information on flowers and their meanings?

I have been wanting to get a tattoo of flowers for a while, i absolutely love flowers, but i want my tattoo to mean something, so i would like to do some research but i don’t know where to start

Martin Boyle answers:

Well, Tattoo’s and flowers isn’t something you see around a lot! But here is a website that has an A-Z listing of all the flowers. It has the flowers photo, and meaning!

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Enjoy 😉









Linda asks…

What do flowers in a tattoo represent? Please include flowers and their meanings..?

What does a pink lotus mean? A red rose? Cherry blossoms?
What pink flowers have distinct meaning? What flower represents life/passionate living?

Martin Boyle answers:

The meaning of flowers is a complex issue
especially when it comes to the lotus blossom

the general meaning of a lotus is hope
as they grow in horrid muddy water, proving that from even the darkest of places something wonderful can come

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