Back in the day....these flowers had special meanings!!
--ACACIA-- was used to symbolize the recipient was a secret love.
--ANENOME-- meant the sender had an unfading love for the recipient.
--ANAZALEA-- would mean, take care of yourself especially for me.
--BABY'S BREATH-- was sent to denote an everlasting love.
--GLADIOLI-- this meant you had fallen in love at first sight.
--PINK CARNATION-- meant I will never forget you.
--RED CARNATION-- meant my heart aches for you.
--PANSY-- indicated loving thoughts.
--RED TULIP-- told the lucky recipient that they were the perfect lover.
Certain herbs also had special meanings, CORIANDER was used to suggest lust and BASIL was for love and best wishes.
--PNK ROSES-- are to represent perfect happiness, the WHITE ROSE expresses eternal love.
--RED ROSE-- this was seen to be a way of asking for a permanent relationship and if 108 were received it was a request for marriage.
Flowers were also used to respond to the hidden floral message. The most common ones used were a striped CARNATION to say, no thank you, I am not interested.
A CARNATION in any color, providing it was one color all over, was the response, yes, yes please, yes I will marry you.