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You can express your love with plants and flowers

St. Valentine’s Day has many legends surrounding its origin, but the truth is, no one really knows much about Valentine’s Day at all — at least not when it comes to its beginnings.

Some say St. Valentine of Rome is the saint associated with this holiday, while others claim it was St. Valentine of Terni. They both died on Feb. 14. 

One thing we do know is that Valentine’s Day did not become associated with love and romance until sometime between the 11th and 13th centuries.

The origin may be a mystery, but the meaning is unmistakable. It is the day we choose to honor the ones we love most. Flowers, plants, cards or jewelry are all acceptable gifts, but for a gardener, plants or flowers become the gift of choice.

In case you didn’t know, plants and flowers have a language of their own. They are considered a perfect replica of human life — planting, growth, bloom, withering.

I was amazed at the number with love, heart or passion attached to their sentiment. In honor of St. Valentine’s Day, I have listed a few to add to any passionate gardener’s wish list.

• Camellia (pink) — I’m longing for you.

• Camellia (red) — You’re a flame in my heart.

• Carnation  (pink) — I’ll never forget you.

• Daffodil — The sun is always shining when I’m with you.

• Gardenia — You are lovely; secret love.

• Gloxinia — This is love at first sight.

• Orchid — Love; beauty; beautiful lady.

• Rose (pink) — Perfect happiness.

• Rose (red) — I love you.

For you guys or girls that have a hard time expressing your feelings, let the flower speak for you. A yellow tulip will say, ‘There’s sunshine in your smile’; a violet says, ‘I’ll always be there’; or a white camellia expresses, ‘You’re adorable.’

Do you want to declare your love? A bouquet of red tulips will do the trick.

Most importantly, enjoy the day, have fun and remember the ones you love with plants or flowers.

Rebecca Bates is an MSU Extension-Lincoln County agent, and can be reached at 601-835-3460 or by e-mail at rebecca.bates@msstate.edu.