Say­ing it with flow­ers is still so very spe­cial

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AS we ap­proach Valen­tines Day this year, we pause a mo­ment for re­flec­tion, to re­mind our­selves how Valen­tines Day came about and why we send flow­ers?

Ac­cord­ing to leg­end, Valen­tine’s Day orig­i­nated dur­ing the third cen­tury in Rome. Dur­ing this pe­riod, Ro­man Em­peror Claudius II de­cided that mar­ried men did not make good sol­diers, so in or­der to grow his army he outlawed mar­riage for young sol­diers.

A young priest named Valen­tine was fu­ri­ous with this injustice and de­fied Claudius by con­tin­u­ing to per­form clan­des­tine mar­riages for young lovers in se­cret.

As leg­end would have it, in or­der to re­mind th­ese men of their vows and God’s love, Valen­tine is said to have cut hearts from parch­ment, giv­ing them to th­ese sol­diers, a pos­si­ble ori­gin of the use of hearts on St Valen­tine’s Day.

Valen­tine also sup­pos­edly wore a pur­ple amethyst ring, with an im­age of Cupid en­graved in it, a rec­og­niz­able sym­bol as­so­ci­ated with love that was legal un­der the Ro­man Em­pire, Ro­man sol­diers would rec­og­nize the ring and ask him to per­form mar­riage for them. Amethyst has be­come the birth­stone of Fe­bru­ary, which is thought to at­tract love.

Em­peror Claudius II even­tu­ally dis­cov­ered Valen­tine’s ac­tions and sen­tenced him to death.

Dur­ing his time in jail, Valen­tine fell in love with his jailer’s blind daugh­ter, Ju­lia. Be­fore he was put to death, Valen­tine sent a let­ter to her and signed it, “From Your Valen­tine” — an ex­pres­sion we still use to­day.

Valen­tine was then ex­e­cuted and then some­time later, Pope Ge­la­sius de­clared Fe­bru­ary 14 a day to hon­our Valen­tine, who by that time had be­come a saint.

To­day, we con­tinue to hon­our St Valen­tine on Fe­bru­ary 14 by cel­e­brat­ing our love for sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers, friends, and fam­ily.

The his­tory of giv­ing your loved one Valen­tine’s Day flow­ers comes from the old-fash­ioned cus­tom of send­ing flo­ral bou­quets to pass on non-ver­bal mes­sages. In­tro­duced in the 18th cen­tury by Charles II of Swe­den, each flower had a spe­cific mean­ing at­tached to it, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to have an en­tire con­ver­sa­tion us­ing only flow­ers. To­day, peo­ple con­tinue to send flow­ers on Valen­tine’s Day to ex­press sen­ti­ments of love and ad­mi­ra­tion. So whether you be­lieve in the leg­end or not, Valen­tine’s Day serves as a re­minder to all of us, dur­ing our busy lives, to stop for a mo­ment, re­flect and to share our love with those dear­est to us. And what bet­ter way to say it than with a gor­geous bunch of flow­ers.

Cre­ate your own per­sonal mes­sage and let some­one know how much you love them this Valen­tine’s Day by send­ing them an in­di­vid­u­ally cho­sen flower ar­range­ment.

Shaw’s of Amer­sham is a Be­spoke Florist and spe­cial­ists in cre­at­ing your own per­sonal mes­sage with flow­ers. Visit our web­site­so­famer­sham. or call us on 01494 7216.

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