A Guide to the Colour, Meaning and Symbolism of Lilies
Lilies are versatile, classic and come in a variety of different colours. These stunning flowers are the perfect option to not only pamper a loved one for an anniversary but also to be given or displayed at funerals or to show sympathy. That’s not all, vibrant lilies are a fitting gift to celebrate a milestone such as a promotion at work, graduation, or even a new home!
Did you know that the lily flower was discovered more than 2,400 years ago? Historically, lilies hold a reputation for being majestic flowers in ancient Greek mythology, where it is believed that Zeus’ wife Hera, is the creator of lily flowers. In fact, it were the drops of her milk that fell to the ground (after refusing to feed Hercules), which were believed to be the seed to growing lilies!
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Pink lilies stand for love, admiration, compassion and femininity
The colour pink stands for love, admiration, compassion, femininity and understanding. Pink coloured lilies, too, represent these emotions. Choose sweet pink lilies when you want to send your mum, aunt or sister some love. Lilies in different shades of pink are also apt for that special someone you fancy. Take a beautiful bouquet of lilies along on a date or surprise them with a delivery of fragrant pink lily flowers on an anniversary.
Florist tip: When you want to show your admiration or passion, beautiful pink lilies are the perfect flowers to gift.
White lilies represent purity and modesty
White is usually associated with purity and heaven. Fresh and crisp, white lilies also represent purity and modesty, making them the flower of choice for funerals, condolence messages or an accompaniment to a sympathy card.
White lilies are also the perfect way to tell that special someone that you are on cloud nine with them and how much they mean to you. What’s more, they are also a grand addition to any bride’s floral bouquet to convey the purity of their love for their partner and commitment in marriage.
Florist tip: Choose serene white lily flowers for funerals, understated decor for weddings and other solemn church ceremonies.
Yellow lilies evoke happiness, joy and lightheartedness
Shades of yellow encourage feelings of happiness, joy and lightheartedness. Bright and sunny, yellow lilies are sure to put a smile on someone’s face! So when you want to tell a friend how much you value their friendship, yellow lilies fit the occasion as they are a symbol of friendship and gaiety. You can also tell mum, grandma or a close relative how much you value their presence by having a bouquet of yellow lilies delivered to them.
Florist tip: When you need to put a smile on a friend or dear one’s face, surprise them by sending a bunch of fresh yellow lilies.
Orange lilies symbolise energy, warmth, confidence and honour
Orange is a strong and bright colour. It symbolises energy, warmth, confidence, passion & satisfaction in life. Just as vibrant as the yellow lilies, orange lilies stand out from the crowd. They usually symbolise honour and respect for a notable person. So if you want to express your gratitude to a particular person for a job they’ve done or appreciate someone’s amazing work, orange lilies express just that.
Orange lilies are a perfect floral gift for important life milestones. They can also be used for funeral services, especially if the person was always bubbling with life and enthusiasm.
Florist tip: If expressing gratitude and admiration for an achievement or job well done is what you’re after, a floral arrangement featuring cheerful and lively orange lilies is the best.
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