Sunday, February 17, 2019

Trinidad: Flower language at Session Road in Bloom

EVERY now and then, I look at the bouquet of yellow tulips on top of our display cabinet, and I feel my heart smile. Amazing how the flowers can brighten my mood, make me feel more cheerful.

The tulips are a gift from our clients who have their flower farm in Sayangan. They told us these would last for 2 weeks, days after Session Road in Bloom is done.

With 3 days before the event closes, and yesterday being particularly gloomy, the sight of the flowers does brighten the spirits.

Small wonder that they do, yellow tulips represent sunshine and cheerful thoughts. Had our clients given us red tulips, these would have meant true love.

There is a whole language to flowers. Floriography refers to the symbolic communication through the use of flowers and their arrangement.

Did you know that primroses mean 'I can't live without you?' Methinks it's so romantic. (I came across this in one of the novels I read, and the memory stayed). Evening primroses have medicinal gifts as well, they are an alternative herbal remedy for rheumatoid arthritis and can help with pms, heart disease and many more.

Back to flowers and their messages. Here is a short list and what they convey.

Red roses- I love you, desire
Pink roses- grace, happiness, gentleness
White roses-purity and innocence
Mimosa- chastity
Pink carnation- I will never forget you
Red carnation- My heart aches, I admire you
White carnation- pure love, innocence
Red chrysanthemum- I love you very much
Striped chrysanthemum- you've been friendzoned, your love cannot be returned
White chrysanthemum- good luck
Daisy- hope
Lavender - I am devoted to you
Peony- happy marriage
Yarrow- everlasting love

After looking at all the meanings of these flowers, I find myself overwhelmed as always. Panagbenga is truly a season of blooming. If one were to take just a few moments to pause and inhale not just the scent, or the beauty, the texture, the colors of the flowers, but also their significance, they would connect to their core and realize that they are surrounded by divine expressions of the degrees of love and beauty that seek to give joy and happiness.

Flowers have been the in the earth for just a while, and they bring with them the positive energies of the earth. How much more for the crystals which have been in the earth for thousands, hundred thousand and even millions of years? Crystals are the flowers of the mineral world. Imagine all their potential beneficial energy!

As always, we have to remind everyone that crystals need to be awakened before they can give their gifts. Asleep, they become just accessories.
My gaze is drawn to the yellow tulips atop our display case. My heart smiles.

If you would like to order lovely fresh flowers from Sayangan, call or text 09189475789.

See us in front of Infinitea and Bronx Tailoring near Sizzling Plate until Sunday 10 pm. We will be back to regular store hours (4 p.m. to 6 pm) at #29 Sari-Sari Section, Baguio City Market, Wednesday next week.
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