February is here again! The sense of love and care are all around us one more time, same as flowers—symbol of love are blooming in abundance, waiting for lovers to pick them up and use them to tell one another what they feel in their hearts. These flowers have different meaning and beauty. If you know what the meaning of each kind of flower is, what you choose could tell what you feel deeply in your heart.
If a tulip was a young woman, she would be a lady of nobility, solemn, stable and calm. It is a unique feature of this tropic flower that does not spread its pestle when in full bloom and has no scent, but its beauty is undeniable. Tulip was found over 300 years ago and was bred and cross bred until it is over 1,000 varieties. The first tulip found was the Tulipa gesneriana in Turkey, then it was spred into Asia and Europe. It was believed that the origin of “tulip” name came from the name of a head turban of Slav people as its shape looks like a turban. In an ancient poem, painting, and canvas, a tulip was used to represent forever love. Meanwhile in Roman time, tulip was used as symbol of several emperors. Tulip reached the Netherlands in around 1693 and later became the symbol of the country. When you think of the Dutch land, what springs up in most people’s mind are “tulip, windmill, and clogs”. Tulip growing has become one of major agro industry of the Netherlands and main export produce today. Tourists who love flowers and have a chance to visit the Netherlands should visit the Keukenhof at the edge of Lisse, the country’s largest tulip growing area. Lisse town is only 29 kilometers away from Amsterdam. Tulip buyers from all over the world would come here and choose what they want from the demonstration plots in the Keukenhof. Each year there are over 7 millions tulips in bloom here. It is said the red tulip announces the love while the yellow tulip expresses hopeless love.
With its large expanded wavy pestles and gentle look, it has outstanding male pollen and warm fragrant that add to its charm. Lily is a flower of a princess, especially the white lily. If a young lady was presented with this white lily, only a few could resist not to be impressed by its charm. Lily is a tropic plant and is a bulb-type plants same as tulip. It was originated in Asia and believed to be either from China or Japan. It has several colors, white, pink, yellow, orange, red and in some cases two colour in one flower. In some varieties there are dot pattern on pestles, make it look different.The sweet look of lily makes people think of its as representing innocent, sensitivity like the feeling of the first love. While the red lily represents innocent love. A presentation of a bouquet of red lilies could be in any occasion and anywhere, either a present from a friend to a friend, a brother to a sister, a husband to his wife. The presentation could be done warmly anywhere and any occasion. Presently lily could be grown in Thailand, but the bulbs must be imported from the Netherlands as least no less than 500,000 bulbs a year. The area for growing must be the north like Chiangmai and Chiangrai where the weather is cooler. Even with its high price. The sale amount of lily ranks No. 5 after, roses, crysanthymum, tulip and carnation flowers. In many royal project areas such as Doi Pui, Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon, there are a number of native lily plants, or sometime called wild lily. It grows in highland forest. In August, lily would be in full bloom and strong fragrant especially at night when the weather was cold. Lily represents 2 astrological signs, the Aquarius (23 Jan – 19 Feb) represents by red, pink, white. orange and yellow lily. The Taurus sign (21 April – 22 May) is white lily. It is believed that lily represents independent type of a person who enjoys and loves fun, is happy when there are laughter. A people of these zodiac signs are good in hiding their real feeling but not too deep. They are ready to announce love when they have one.
If lily is a princess flower, roses is the Queen of flower because its beauty and seductive scent are hard to compare by any other flowers. The more the pestles it has the grandeur feeling it gives. The thick layers of pestles give roses the feel of mysterious attraction. Roses are flowers that are widely grown and cut for commercial trade all over the world. Today the biggest roses auction market is in the Netherlands. In 1999 alone, 1,672 millions roses were sold. Roses are on the top of sale list in nearly every country. The world’s biggest rose growers include the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, USA, Columbia, Equador, Israel, Germany, Belgium and France. The admiration of the mysterious beauty of roses was recorded long time back in history. The Roman took roses as the symbol of love. Some stories told about the conflict that changed a white rose into blood red. Roses are also the national flower symbol of England. The ancient Thais believed that any house that grew roses would enhance the good aura of those living in the house because roses are beautiful in their shape and colour – red, white, pink and yellow. When they are in full bloom they look prominent and gracefully display to the passer-by. Many gives meanings to different colour of roses. But all in all they are expression of love, indulgence, sweetness and good wishes that a giver wants to tell what in his or her heart to a receiver of roses.
Gerbera is another beautiful flower that is widely known and grown in Thailand for many decades. Its origin is in southern Africa. Each day hundreds thousands of Gerbera are sold at Pak Klong Talad market. With its bright colour and inviting look, gerbera are fit to give and present express well wishing on any occasions and festive seasons. In Thailand, the climate, water and soil are highly suitable to grow gerbera all year round. Aboard is again the Netherlands who has big scale market on gerbera. Each year gerbera is auction on sale for around 626 millions stems.
Carnations are the flowers for celebration according to the Greek and Roman belief. For the Thais, carnations are one of popular cut flowers. There are both the standard type of single flower, and the bunch type called “spray”. They come in many varieties, many colours – white, yellow, pink, orange, red and purple. Some varieties have more than one colour in one flower. Some also are fragrant. The carnations’ pestles are delicately thin, but once it blooms it could stay for quite a while. It could grow well in cool climate and bloom all year round. It is a flower of quality.