flowers in February

St. Valentine’s Day punctuates the middle of February with a sweet respite from the month’s drab gray.

I was curious to find that expressing romantic love with written messages, flowers, and candy began in the high middle ages, Geoffrey Chaucer’s time.  However, I’m not going to present an historical account of this day, because let’s face it, we’re more interested in the chocolates and flowers.  Flowers are an important element for not only their color and beauty but fragrance.  February would give me the total blahs if it weren’t for the “aromatherapy” of blooms.  Granted bouquets are pricey, but Valentine’s is a great excuse to splurge.  I came across an article that discusses the meaning of various flowers.  Red roses, of course, are always connected with passionate love. But, did you know that if you throw in some white roses among the red, it means a unified relationship? However, roses always double in price this time of year. I was delightfully surprised to read there are alternatives for sending a loving message.  Who doesn’t enjoy pink carnations, which sends the charming expression of “I’ll never forget you.”  These might be the least expensive, but it’s the thought that counts.  Then, there is the ever popular daisy, where one can pluck petals while chanting, “He loves me, he loves me not.”  A little depressing?  Let’s move on to the lily of the valley that is purported to bring good fortune in matters of the heart.  In my opinion, this delicate flower would be suitable for a shy person. Would you believe rosemary doesn’t only belong in your savory dishes but given to aid memory so you’re always fondly remembered?  Sprigs of this herb would be wonderful for seniors.  These are just a few suggestions; there are more.  Are you unattached? Rest assured that it’s been known for women to send themselves a bouquet and then act surprised when it arrives.  With the information provided, now you can be more discriminating with your selection and force everyone to guess the secret message.