Leaving flowers or flower arrangements on the graves of loved ones is a unique practice. Often, when we tend the graves of those we’ve lost, we choose flowers we think they would have liked. Perhaps we even pick flowers that we know were their favorites in life. It’s a meaningful way to honor those who’ve passed, which is why we always take time to consider the flowers that we leave. So how do you know what springtime gravesite flowers to choose for your arrangement?
Each plant has a history and a host of symbolic meanings that convey something more profound. Many signify emotions appropriate for leaving in cemeteries and at memorials or gravesites. Today, we’ll share some of the most popular choices for springtime gravesite flowers.
Springtime Gravesite Flower Choices & What They Mean
The blue iris blooms from spring to summer. It signifies hope, devotion, and faith. As such, blue irises are often used in religious ceremonies.
Like the blue iris, the calla lily also blooms from spring into summer. This lily signifies faith, purity, and holiness. It may have additional meanings and varied history, based on the color of the flower.
The camellia flower comes in a variety of blooms and colors. Some of these are spring bloomers. They are often used to signify love, affection, and admiration. Depending on the exact color you choose, there may be additional meanings.
Carnations are late spring bloomers. They are used to signify love and affection. If you choose specific colors, there can be additional meanings behind those colors.
Chamomile’s delicate white petals and yellow center make it a natural choice for many. But this little flower carries some profound meaning behind it. Chamomile can signify humility, patience, and fidelity. There is even an old wives’ tale about it, meaning, “May all your dreams and wishes be fulfilled.”
Most of us know that crimson roses signify deep love. Many don’t realize that they also symbolize mourning and sorrow. This late spring-bloomer is perfect for springtime grave flowers when you’ve had deep feelings, specifically romantic feelings, for that person.
Daffodils, one of the most ubiquitous springtime flowers, may seem like an odd choice for grave flowers. These delicate spring blooms are often found on the graves of gardeners. They’re one of the first flowers out of the ground in the spring, signifying that the growing season has started again. They represent rebirth and hope.
Much like daffodils, daisies may again seem like an odd choice to dress up a gravesite. Again, these are some of the first flowers up in the spring. They signify innocence, purity, and happiness. With these meanings, daisies often decorate the graves of children and teenagers who passed away too soon.
The forget-me-not is an almost-too-obvious choice for gravesite flower arrangements. It signifies “remembrance.” The forget-me-not blooms from late spring into the summer. As a result, you’ll often find it this time of year within more extensive arrangements.
The gardenia, signifying purity and sweetness, is a spring through fall bloomer that you can often find in southern cemeteries.
Springtime Gravesite Flowers
These are just a few of the springtime grave flowers we’ve found in various cemeteries where we’ve worked. We’ll add to our list later this month.
While springtime grave flowers can certainly dress up a gravesite, flowers can only go so far. If you’ve noticed that your loved one’s memorial is looking a little worse for wear, then it may be time to call in the professionals.
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