The Secret Language of Flowers

Two-for-one cocktails every Wednesday at Bacchus. Never a cover. Always fun. DJ Takai lights up the bar at 10PM. Join us. And speaking of lighting up a room....or a sky....

Last night's fireworks displays were outstanding. Stars bursting in the sky in colorful floral patterns made us think of flowers and their symbolism.

Whilst gay history is rife with symbolism (triangles, rainbows, hankies, etc.), we were curious about the subtle symbolism of flowers....and enticed by the visuals we found...

Roses are a symbol of true love. Violets are a symbol of modesty and faithfulness. Red poppies often mean imagination, eternal sleep and pleasure.

In Hawaii, the hibiscus is worn behind one ear to signify whether the wearer is romantically attached or single. Wearing the flower behind the left ear indicates that the individual is in a relationship and is uninterested in attracting a man, whereas tucking the blossom behind the right ear announces that he's is open to promises. The showy, vividly colored blooms of the hibiscus signify "delicate beauty."

Sweetly fragrant plumeria is a Hawaiian flower frequently featured in leis. Bright pink or creamy, yellow-centered blossoms grow in clusters redolent with scent. Blooming from early summer through autumn, the plumeria is cultivated abundantly in Hawaii. Also called frangipani, plumeria flowers symbolize perfection, springtime and new beginnings. Perfumers prize plumeria for its distinctive heady fragrance.

Bacchus is partial to the beautiful blue-violet hydrangea. The colors are an unexpected delight in nature. The meaning of the flower (giving and receiving them) is controvertial...with some connecting it to vanity and boastfulness (perhaps reflecting its abundance of petals and lavish, rounded shape) and others suggesting that a bouquet of hydrangea expresses the giver's gratefulness for the recipient's understanding. We're grateful for these hydrangeas.....(click to enlarge).

When it comes to cocktails the most common floral garnish you see are small purple orchids. You won't find flowers garnishing your drinks at Bacchus, but you may buy a floral lei or two from the Lei Lady (Misu) and garnish your beverage. Be mindful of flowers that may cause allergic reactions. No rashes! The only floral patterns we like to see are in your hands, in a vase or in the sky.

That brings us back to floral patterns in the sky. It's a trivial piece of info, but did you know that Walt Disney World is the largest consumer of fireworks in the United States. The park also launches its fireworks with compressed air instead of gunpowder to reduce fumes and gain better height and timing.

Whichever flower you prefer, tell us about it at Bacchus today, tonight or any time at Bacchus Waikiki- where the drinks are delicious, the bartenders are friendly and there's never a cover.