27 October, 2020

A complete guide to gift flowers for the perfect occasion.

A Complete Guide To Gift Flowers

I want to assume everyone reading this has either been a giver or receiver of flowers at some point in their life. It could have been on the occasion of Your Birthday, Your Anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Promotion at work, or just someone saying a thank you for a job well done.

Flowers are symbolic of showing one’s emotions. On the outside, a flower looks beautiful and is accompanied by a fragrance; however, a flower speaks to us and conveys emotions we want to express to the other without saying much. They can trigger emotions and do have the power to change behavior.

Flowers are prolific these days. You see flower stores mushrooming all over the cities. This is a new trend one sees these days. I intend to unearth the long-lost language of flowers. I want to bring attention to the true meaning of flowers and what they signify so when next time you’re thinking about gifting flowers to someone, you know what to order. I intend to make the experience memorable and unique. After reading this article, you’ll be equipped with a toolkit of ideas on which flower represents what will help you navigate the modern world under your belt.

For those of you who are not aware, floriography is the ‘language of flowers’. People back in the victorian times used floriography to secretly communicate with each other as it helped them express feelings that could not be expressed publicly. Isn’t that romantic? 

Flowers do not just represent romantic emotions. Flowers can be symbolic of unspoken emotions, and whether it’s for Birthdays, Anniversaries, or just a random act of kindness to say thank you, I’m sorry, etc. fresh flowers are still the best gift to give on any day to express your love and respect.

Flowers

© Pearlyn More By Pearlyn

They have no mouth, but seem to speak

A thousand words so mild and meek.

They have no eyes , but seem to see

And bury thoughts into me.

They have no ears, but seem to hear

All my cries, my every tear.

They have no arms, but seem to pat

When with worries my heart is fat.

They have no feet, but seem to walk

Along with me in my dreams and talk.

They, I know, are the flowers so nice

That spread their fragrance a million miles.

Grow a few and then you’ll know

How your life is fresh and new.

With a smile so broad, I thank my God,

Whose work to imagine is really too hard.

Love

It’s not easy for everyone to express their emotions, especially when it comes to love, and you feel the person is way over your league. This is where flowers can be your ally, your wingman. I’m going to list down a bunch of flowers associated with love. You can pick and choose and make your bouquet accordingly.

Red Rose – Roses as we all know has been one of the most traditional forms of flower gifting and are the prevalent symbols of romance, intimacy, and everlasting love we all know the Red Rose stands for true love, passion, desire, and romance. On Valentine’s day, the most popular rose is the “I Love You” Red Rose.

You may have seen red roses being used at a wedding as a bridal bouquet, they represent respect and appreciation towards each other and signify bliss in the marriage. The all-time favorite deep Red Rose means you are ready to commit and have a deep passion. The universal language of telling someone you love them is a red rose.

Peonies

Peonies – They symbolize romance and prosperity. If you want to let someone know you love and appreciate them, then you need to get them Peonies. Red peony also happens to be a symbol of love. If you are struggling to convey your feelings, know this flower can tell much more than words, so giving a red peony to someone is an expression of your love.

Yellow Daffodil – These beautiful flowers represent spring. It symbolizes new beginnings. If you are thinking about initiating a new relationship with someone you have strong feelings, these are the flowers you want to pick.

white lily

White Lillies – If it’s the first time you are in love and want to make sure you are giving him/her a bunch of white lilies. Why? To show the person you have god intentions and your love is pure White lilies are the best choice. 

tulips

Tulips – Did you know Tulips symbolize first love? The most common meaning for tulips is perfect or deep love.

Birthdays/Anniversary

birthday flowers

As mentioned before, flowers have the unique power to say a lot – “I love you,” “I’m thinking of you,” “You’re beautiful.” I hope at some point in time you have experienced this as nothing quite compares to the feeling you get when someone gives you flowers – and it feels great giving them too!

In this section, I will mention a few suggestions for you to pick from, which will help you pick your next bouquet for your beloved one.

1.Lilies – These I have to say are my all-time favorite flower as they represent happiness and positivity, making them the ideal birthday flower. You can send these to your mum for Mother’s Day, grandma, sister, or just a friend a bunch of lilies or even a Peace Lillie plant and light up their day!

orchids

2.Orchids – When anyone asks me what represents me, I always tell them its Orchids. Why? Well! I like to believe I’m exotic and stunning as an orchid, which usually conveys a special moment between, which means they make for a perfect surprise for your wife or girlfriend. Beauty, love, and strength and common meanings are associated with the orchid, and they come in a variety of gorgeous colors. My favorite would be the dark purple ones.

3.Roses – These gorgeous flowers need no introduction – but their colors might. Red, of course, symbolizes romantic love, beauty, respect, and passion. Almost everyone knows white represents purity, innocence, and youth; yellow represents joy, friendship, and new beginnings; and pink speaks of appreciation, happiness, and admiration. If you are looking to give your near and dear friends flowers to show your appreciation, the colors you want to go with are Yellow and pink roses.

4.Gladiolus – Were you aware there is a flower representing your infatuation? I remember seeing these grow in the wild when I lived in the northeast of India. They were found growing wildly and in a variety of colors. The Gladiolus flower expresses your infatuation. Tell your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend your relationship is strong, full of character, and honorable by giving them a bouquet of Gladiolus.

5.Gerberas – The easiest flower to find in the market all year long are Gerberas. They are admired not only for their exceptional beauty but also for their radiate bliss. These flowers can brighten up anyone’s day if I may say so—an instant mood lifter. They’re a great all-rounder flower for the birthday which can be given to anyone representing innocence and cheerfulness.

Get Well Soon / Condolences.

Losing someone we love is part and parcel of our lives. It’s not always easy to know what to say to a person who has lost a loved one, but sending them flowers would be an expression of thoughtfulness that brings both comfort and beauty to a sad occasion. White flowers are commonly sent as sympathy offerings because they signify purity, peace, and love. 

Sympathy lilies – Lilies suggest the deceased’s soul has returned to a peaceful state of innocence. It is a common belief among Christians that this flower symbolizes purity, virginity, and the radiance of the soul. It might have been for it’s somber and delicate appearance. Still, the flower lilies have, over time, gained its reputation for being a ‘funeral flower’ –as it’s been used at many occasions involving funerals and wakes. 

Roses – Again, the white roses are the ultimate symbol of spirituality, purity, and innocence. Different colors of roses depict different meanings. In contrast, the classic deep red rose evokes love and grief at a funeral. Friends would gift the yellow rose to show their bond. Last but not least, the rarer dark pink roses are used to express thankfulness to the deceased.

Orchids – The exquisite Orchids depict just one meaning No matter what color, orchids have a universal meaning: “I will always love you.”

Carnations – A flower arrangement commonly seen at funerals is of white carnations. They convey pure love and innocence, while red carnations represent admiration; the pink carnations stand for remembrance.

Forget-me-nots – The smallest of flowers which can be seen accompany other flowers are the forget-me-nots. You can appreciate the Forget-Me-Not’s beauty and symbolism as, despite its small size, the Forget-Me-Not packs a huge symbolic punch. As their name suggests, these lovely blooms are symbols of remembrance. 

In the end, all I want to convey is there are flowers to be gifted for any occasion and any situation. Giving flowers is a tradition which started 200 years ago, and I can guarantee you it will be around for the next 200 years. Do not think bigger is better. Our feelings cannot be proportionate to the size or the cost associated with the flowers we gift our loved ones. It is in the meaning of the flowers we choose. That is what elevates the gesture. I hope the next time you choose to buy flowers for the one you love or respect the above guide will help you. All you need to do is think about what this person means to you and what the situation calls for you to harness the timeless language of flowers. In the end, A flower is a testimony that the world is designed for our enjoyment.

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