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Let love bloom; Flowers.

Byline: by Zoe Chamberlain

ROSE

The rose is the June flower of believed that god of love.

CARNATION

Carnations have been cultivated for the last 2,000 years. Originally from the East, these fragrant flowers symbolise pride, beauty, fascination, love and distinction. They are now associated with January as the month's birth flower.

FREESIA

Freesias are symbolic of innocence. They are one of the most loved and elegantly scented flowers. The one-sided sprigs carried on a single slim stem give them a certain delicacy, which is common to both the single and double flowered varieties.

LILY

The lily signifies 30 years of marriage. In addition to symbolising magnificence, the sweetly fragrant lily, with its star-shaped bloom, represents devotion, pride and beauty - further testaments to such a significant milestone.

ORCHID

The orchid is the most highly coveted of ornamental plants, the delicate, exotic and graceful orchid represents love, luxury, beauty and strength. In ancient Greece, orchids were associated with virility. In fact, Greek women believed that if the father of their unborn child ate large, new orchid tubers, the baby would be a boy. If the mother ate small orchid tubers, she would give birth to a girl.

TULIP

Legend has it that the tulip symbolises a declaration of love. Tulip's velvety black centre represents a lover's heart darkened by the heat of passion. Believed by many to be the most romantic of flowers, tulips also represent elegance and grace.

DAISY

The daisy represents purity and innocence. In the 17th century, Carolis Linnaeus gave daisy its unique name.

CHRYSANTHEMUM

Chrysanthemums are thought to be a symbol of cheerfulness, optimism, rest, truth, long life, joy. Considered to be a noble flower in Asian culture, chrysanthemums are used as an object of meditation following a suggestion by Confucius. Also the birthflower for November

WHITE LILY

The white lily is linked to Juno, the queen of the gods in Roman mythology, by the story that while nursing her son Hercules, some excess milk fell from the sky creating the group of stars we call the Milky Way, and lilies were created from what milk fell to earth.

CAMPANULA

The campanula bears beautiful bell-shaped flowers, and so is often called a bellflower. It symbolises beauty and bells.

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