All around the globe, the people we love are meeting at the airport for a much-anticipated “hello,” hug, and special time together. These moments and reunions deserve to be celebrated in the best way we know how: with a vivid and cheerful bouquet of gorgeous blooms. While there are ample ways show your appreciation of your friendship or love, fresh flowers have proven to be a timeless and classic choice since the dawn of time. To help you as you select the most appropriate “welcome flowers,” the experts here at The Flower Houses of Southwest Florida in Cape Coral and Fort Myers are exploring the various meanings and symbolism of most popular blooms.
Welcoming Our Loved Ones with the Symbolic Language of Flowers
Fresh Flowers for Our Friends
Presenting flowers to the friends you love is a special way to honor your unique friendship with cheer and joy. Therefore, selecting a bouquet with blooms that represent these things and more is a perfect and proper airport greeting. For example, take a look at some fresh favorites and their meanings.
- Alstroemeria – Friendship and Optimism
- Chrysanthemums – “You’re a wonderful friend”
- Geraniums – True Friendship
- Iris – “Your friendship means so much to me”
- Yellow Roses – Friendship and Joy
- Yellow Tulips – Friendship and Cheerfulness
- Zinnias – “Never forget absent friends”
Romantic Blooms for Our Significant Others
When you finally reunite with your significant other after they come through the tunnel, a wave of relief washes over you once you finally see them again. When words don’t seem to be enough — even “I missed you” or “I love you” — flowers such as these romantic blooms help do the real talking.
- Dahlia – Excitement and Lasting Bond
- Forget-Me-Not – “True love memories”
- Roses – Romance, Passion, and Love
- Honeysuckle – “The bond of love”
- Lavender – Enchantment, and Love at First Sight
- Pink Camellia – Longing and often given to those we miss
- Red Chrysanthemums – “I love you”
- Stocks – Bonds of Affection and Happy Life
Meaningful Petals for Family Hellos
Whether you are saying hello to out-of-town family members or welcoming them home once again, there are many options that are sure to warm their heads and hearts. A simple hello that shares how much you have missed them, cherish them, or are simply grateful for their special visit can be expressed with these lovely blooms.
- Hydrangea – Sincerely Heartfelt and Gratitude
- Orange Tulips – Warmth
- Peach Roses – Missing Someone
- Pink Carnations – Gratitude and a Mother’s Undying Love
Cheerful Flowers for Any Traveler/Visitor
If you are not able to decide what kind of flowers are the best to greet your guests with after an exhausting flight, look for something uplifting that best symbolizes your gratitude and happiness for their companionship — or that simply say “welcome.” As you continue looking, consider some of these popular standbys.
- Baby’s Breath – Happiness
- Calla Lilies – Rejuvenation, Classy Style, and Luxurious Appeal
- Gerbera Daisies – Cheerfulness and Loyal Love
- Pink Roses – Appreciation, Joy, and Gratitude
- Safflowers – Welcome
- Sunflowers – Happiness
- Sweet Pea – “Thank you,” Bliss, Pleasure, and a great way to bid someone “farewell” after a wonderful visit
- Wisteria – Welcome
- Yellow Lily – Gratitude
Related Meanings of Colors
In addition to one particular flower’s meaning, the bright colors of these eye-catching and impactful blooms also convey a story. If you happen to know which kind of flowers that your guest prefers or just want something that’s simple, espress yourself via the colors of the petals. Bear in mind these timeless shades.
- Light Pink – Admiration
- Peach – Gratitude
- Pink – Gratitude and Appreciation
- Red – Passion, Love, and Romance
- Yellow – Joy and Friendship
The timeless tradition of greeting out-of-town guests and travelers with lush flowers has been an established gesture all around the globe for hundreds of years. The iconic lei greeting in Hawaii post-flight began in the 1800s when tourists first arrived in the island on steamships. This symbol of respect, hospitality, and “aloha” — in the form of blooms strung on necklaces with shells and nuts — has since become regarded as an “authentic Hawaiian hello.” Today, this classic greeting continues, and many tourists are met at their hotel or airport with a colorful lei.
Let these facts inspire you to take a look at our collection of fragrant bouquets to welcome your favorite travelers with a warm and loving greeting. The professionals here at The Flower Houses of Southwest Florida are standing by to help you speak the lovely language of flowers.