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What Are Your Flowers Really Saying?

Valentine’s

This bouquet at Thornhill combined hydrangea, freesia, white roses, spray roses, thistles, carnations, ginestra and seeded eucalyptus. The thistle represented “austerity,” while a white rose said proudly, “I am worthy of you.” Photo by Alexander Wilburn

There is perhaps no better day than Valentine’s Day to demonstrate that love and romance are not the same thing. Love, enduring love, is built on mutual understanding and the rarity of seeing your true self reflected back to you in the eyes of another with kindness and clarity. Romance, on the other hand, is a set of societal ideals meant to physically and visually express that love, often with commercial interest at its heart, that are as changeable as hemlines and the seasons. 

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