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6 Pretty Flowers and Their Symbolic Meanings

Single flowers in small vases
Jens Mortensen
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For the Victorians, every bloom symbolized something. “It didn’t matter how big the bouquet was,” says Mandy Kirkby, the author of A Victorian Flower Dictionary. “What it meant was what counted.” Try the flowers shown here in Mom’s arrangement, perhaps adding ferns, for sincerity, and baby’s breath, for everlasting love. Lilies are also nice, says Kirkby: “They mean ‘majesty’ and could signify someone perfect and unbeatable.” Just like the woman who raised you.

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