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anonymous asked:

What are some good "I'm sorry" flowers?

Hello Nonny :)!

I know you are asking for flower meanings and you’ll get them, you’ll get a lot of them, but I would like to preface this list with that someone’s favourite flower or in any case a thoughtfully picked bouquet (in their favourite colour maybe) is also always a good idea for an apology.

For a character who barely knows anything about the person they’re apologising to or the meaning of flowers an attempt of being thoughtful is a good alternative. Florists often don’t know these meanings, but we do know that nevermind the meaning if someone adores a flower it’s instantly an awesome present. An apology bouquet/arrangement that your character can stand a 100% behind will have an indefinitely higher success rate even if it’s nothing fancy.

Alright, let’s go! I don’t know what they’re trying to apologise for or how the want to convey it, so I’ll try to cover as much ground as possible. Also I hope we’re not talking a 9 on an alphabetical scale! (If anyone has the original on hand, a link would be appreciated too.)

  • Achillea - state of war
  • Allium - patience, unity, humility
  • Aloe - sorrow, grief
  • Anemone - fragile, anticipation
  • Arbor vitae - true friendship (a hopeful wish?)
  • Aspen tree - lamentation
  • Asphodel - my regrets follow you to the grave
  • Bindweed (small and or white) - humility
  • Bittersweet nightshade - truth
  • Blue bell - constancy, sorrowful regret but also humilty, constancy, gratitude
  • Broom - humilty (but also neatness and adour)
  • Camellia - my destiny is in your hands, but also modest merit
  • Caramine - paternal error (could be taken as a form of acknowledgement of it)
  • Carnation (red) - my heart breaks
  • Chervil - sincerety
  • Chestnut - justice, do me justice (could be used in combination with expected retribution, or when a character would think only a penalty makes their apology mean something)
  • Chrysanthemum (white) - truth
  • Cinquefoil - maternal affection, beloved daughter (have them combine it with caramine)
  • Gum cistus - I shall die tomorrow (for the overly dramatic character)
  • Clove - dignity (an acknowledgment or dignity or to say they’re trying to preserve it here)
  • Columbine - folly, desertation, I cannot give thee up
  • Columbine (red) - anxious and trembling (as in one meaning, not two)
  • Convolvulus - uncertainty, bonds
  • Convovulus major - estinguished hopes
  • Crab-apple blossom - ill-tempered
  • Currant - thy frown will kill me
  • Daisy - innocence (are they innocent though? meaning has to handled with care)
  • Dock - patience (they could signify their own and their will to wait things to get better or the acceptance of the apology etc.)
  • Elm - dignity (see previous)
  • Eschsholzia (esch-schol-zia) - do not refuse me (risky, but good for characters stubborn as a mule)
  • Everlasting - peptual or never-ceasing remembrance (of what? you will have to choose for yourself, your muse sure will know)
  • Fern - sincerety, confidence
  • Filbert - reconcilation
  • Fly orchis - error
  • Fool’s parsley - silliness
  • Freesia - lasting friendship, innocence, trust
  • Fritillary (chequered) - persecution (as in being haunted by something in this case or maybe they’re apologising for persecution who am I to judge)
  • Geranium - true friend, stupidity, folly (all at once)
  • Geranium (clouded or dark) - melancholy
  • Geranium (horse-shoe leaf) - stupidity
  • Geranium (fish) - disappointed expectation
  • Geranium (scarlet) - folly, comforting, stupidity
  • Gladiolus - you pierce my heart, generosity, I’m sincere, flower of the gladiators
  • Greek valerian - rupture
  • Hairbell - submission, grief, humility
  • Hawthorn - hope
  • Hazel - peace, reconcilation
  • Heart’s ease (purple) - you occupy my thoughts
  • Henbane - imperfection, fault
  • Honeysuckle (coral) - the colour of my fate)
  • Hyacinth (purple) - sorrowful, please forgive me
  • Ice plant - your looks freeze me
  • Iris - faith, thank you for your friendship (wishful thinking of theirs in hope it comes true?)
  • Carolina jasmine - seperation
  • Lalic (field, like an actual field of lalics) - humility
  • Lint - i feel my obligations
  • Lote tree - concord (a wish for such in this case)
  • Lotus leaf - recantation (of your character’s previously spoken words for example)
  • Marianthus - hope for better days
  • Marvel of peru - timidity
  • Olive - peace
  • Fly ophrys - mistake
  • Osier - frankness
  • Peony - shame bashfullness, anger
  • Persicaria - restauration
  • Pomegranate - foolishness
  • Rose (deep red) - bashful shame
  • Rose (white and red) - unity
  • Snowdrop - friendship in trouble, consolation, hope
  • Straw (a single, broken) - rupture of a contract, dissension, broken agreement
  • Tamarisk - crime, guilty
  • Verbena (pink) - family union (wished for maybe?)
  • Violet (white) - candor, let’s take a chance
  • Volkameria - may you be happy
  • Wild-service - harmony
  • Willow (creeping) - love forsaken
  • Withy - frankness

For an accepted apology a sultan lilac (”I forgive you”) in combination with white tulpis (”forgiveness”) would go well.

As you can see Nonny the list is quite long, and I’ve only covered the basics. if they need to apologise for a certain behaviour or certain circumstances, it would helpful if you let us know more details, so we can try to give a more precise answer. However I do hope the above was helpful to you and your writing.

- Mod Jana

Disclaimer: This is intended as writing advice only. We are not responsible for incorrect messages received by the interpretation of flower language in real life.

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