Valentine’s Day and the meaning of flowers

There are 6,909 ways to say “I love you” around the world, a sentiment that gets shared via an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards sent worldwide each year. In the U.S., romantics spend around $98 on spouses and significant others. Which in some cases are our pets, who receive on average $26 worth of gifts.

Red roses are by far the most popular flower gift, surpassing pink roses and mixed bouquets as the second and third most popular flowers. But be careful before you select roses for your special someone! According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the color of a rose carries meaning. Red roses represent love and desire, yellow is friendship, pink is happiness. 

If you’re on the receiving end of a bouquet of made up of yellow and coral roses, take note: coral represents “sympathy” and yellow “friendship.” Which might not be the language of love you were hoping for.

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