Flowers have always been a popular way to express deep emotions of love, care, appreciation, and gratitude. And that’s the reason they play an important role in gifting on birthday, anniversary, and traditional festivals.

On many occasions, you must have noticed people using flower sayings to express themselves. In fact, some floral phrases are so popular that they live at the tip of our tongue and become a part of our regular conversations.

So we have compiled a list of famous flower phrases to let you know what exactly they mean.

Coming up roses

When you say that everything is ‘coming up roses’ for someone or everything in your life is ‘coming up roses’ that means things are going pretty well.


Also commonly called ‘ups-a-Daisy’ or ‘oopsy Daisy’ the phrase is generally used to encourage little ones to get up and put a smile back after they had fallen. Often use for someone who keeps bumping them into objects and getting hurt. The phrase was earlier used as a way to express surprise or disappointment at one’s own mistakes or errors.

Stop and smell the roses

There come stressful situations in life when you lose heart and stop cherishing the little yet important things in life. That’s when you need to tell yourself to ‘stop and smell the roses’ that means it’s time to take a break from your busy schedule and take some time to enjoy the little things in life and appreciate the beauty of nature.

I never promised you a rose garden

This phrase is generally used as a response after being blamed by someone for a situation that didn’t live up to their expectations. It means you never gave that person a false hope about a positive outcome, so he/she shouldn’t be complaining about it.

Fresh as a Daisy

If someone calls you ‘fresh as a daisy’ that means you are looking very good that day. This saying is related to the behavior of the flower that closes its petals every night and opens back when the morning arrives looking fresh and ready to take in the sun.

Pushing daisies

The phrase ‘pushing daisies’ refers to a person who has passed away. It originated as a slang used by British soldiers during World War I to refer to their dead countrymen.

Nip it in the bud

If you nip a flower when it’s still a bud so it prevents the flower from blooming. The phrase ‘nip it in the bud’ means to end something at an early stage before it gets worse or difficult to manage, such as a bad habit.

Every Rose has its Thorns

It is a universal fact that nothing in life is perfect or flawless. Even the most beautiful things in life come with their fair share of flaws. The phrase ‘every rose has its thorns’ denote that even rose, the most beautiful and admired flower has flaws- the prickly thorns that can pierce the flesh.

 April showers bring May flowers

The phrase means that something good may happen as a result of unpleasant events or that a period of worry can provide the basis for a period of happiness.

Laid out in lavender

It means to prepare a dead body to be buried. In old times, lavender petals were scattered over and around a dead body to cover its rotting smell.


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