You would have received bouquets many times for different occasions. When you go to meet someone special you greet them with flowers. This has been the tradition for centuries from ancient times. Even though each country follows a different tradition concerning bouquets, the aim is to convey messages and feelings that cannot be completely expressed with words. There were people in ancient Greek times who thought flowers as Gods. All these traditions mixed and developed into a language that can be spoken only using the flowers.
When a mix of pink roses with the tulips can express the perfect love, a vase full of Ivy can be used to express the friendship between two people. This tradition was “marketed” by French and English travelers in the middle of the eighteenth century. They even wrote a book called “The Language of Flowers” to explain the meanings. There are flowers that can be combined to express an entirely different meaning than when they are given separately. In ancient times people even used herbs to express their feelings along with the flowers.
The meaning of the gift further varies depending on the person who is giving it. For example, a small dandelion flower given by a kid can express more love than a bouquet of white gladiolus given by your fan. When Romans used flowers to evade evil the Dutch considered flowers as the energy needed for souls. Even though in ancient times the students gave apples as a thanksgiving gift to their teachers now students prefer flowers. In Asian countries, a bunch of Peonies is given by students. There are some countries in which the flowers in a pot or vessel are not accepted as a gift. They think that the message conveyed by the person is that he or she wants to bind them or control them.