A Rose Isn't Just a Rose
You've probably heard that "a rose is a rose is a rose," but while perfectly poetic, the Victorians wholeheartedly disagree. Flower meaning dictionaries were quite popular during the Victorian era — for instance, pink carnations meant "I will never forget you," and chrysanthemums meant "truth." Though people didn't necessarily send secret messages through buds and bouquets, the meanings were still important to people during that period.
We think this bit of historical trivia is pretty charming, so we explored this recently published flower dictionary to discover the meanings behind different kinds of roses — so you know exactly what you're getting into if you gift flowers.