3 Favourite Flowers and Their Meanings

3 Favourite Flowers and Their Meanings

I have always enjoyed flowers, especially when it is unexpected. They have special meaning to so many people the world over but did you know that sending a particular type best expresses the emotion you feel? It is helpful to find out which bloom is most fitting for a particular occasion and whether you should go big and bold or small and understated.

Flying Flowers recently carried out a poll of around 1,000 people in the UK in order to discover more about flower symbolism and how they view their favourite flowers. There were 3 of my favourites listed so I have decided to share them below.


To me, sunflowers represent happiness. Ever since I can remember I have had a bunch of fake, bright yellow sunflowers sitting in yellow and blue vase in my room. Seeing them have always made me feel good.

According to the Flying Flowers poll, the sunflower represents longevity, adoration, and loyalty. 87% of those questioned agreed that sunflowers evoke positive feelings, 55% of which voted for happiness.


I have always been under the misapprehension that lilies symbolise death and loss. This is because the white lily was  used to commemorate the dead in funerals in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and East Asia.

Of the 1,000 people polled, 30% believed that they could be sent during times of loss to reflect sympathy, but I was also pleased to see that 19.5% feel that they would be good for a birthday or similar celebration. The reason for this is because they signify life and hope for the future. This hidden meaning shows that the lily is no longer seen as a flower of loss, but that it represents life and celebration.


To me, tulips have always signified colourful fields in Amsterdam. I have akways ben amazd at the array of colours they come in. Interestingly, tulips actually originate from Persia around the 10th century and, because they were seen as a declaration of love . they were a popular topic with 13th century poets.

Tulips can represent lots of different emotions depending on the colour. i can see why yellow tulips symbolise cheerfulness and it makes sense that purple tulips symbolise royalty. A massive 76% of people surveyed in the Flying Flowers survey said they would give tulips for a birthday, anniversary, or congratulations showing, to me, its popularity.

Do you have a favourite flower and do you know its meaning?

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  1. August 23, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I love Gerberas and also tulips..lotus too. Flowers make me so happy! Interesting to read about their significances 🙂

  2. Joanna
    August 21, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I love all the flowers you have talked about in your post. Sunflowers indeed suggest happiness and sunshine, with their big large heads. They do give the house that joyful feel. Tulips for me are the sign that spring is coming. After the long and cold winter, having tulips in your house makes it brighter and raises your mood thinking about the warmth of spring.

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