Quick Flower Guide

June 28th, 2010

I’m sure like most people purchasing flowers, you don’t have time to get into the nitty gritty of what flowers are appropriate for what occasions.  On the other hand, the last thing you want to do is offend someone or send the wrong message when sending flowers.  Here is a quick and fast guide to take or remember when sending flowers:

Want to show how much you value someone’s friendship? Send Chrysanthemums, Carnations, Daisies, Geraniums, or Tulips.  These are all appropriate flowers.  Tailor the color to suit the occasion, such as white for a peace offering, yellow to cheer someone up, or pink for Mother’s day.  Or feel free to use the person’s favorite color when sending flowers.
Need to cheer someone up?  Nothing beats a big, bright, fresh sunflower.  Gerbera or Gerber daisies are also a great choice, being closely related to the sunflower and sprouting the same large and bright petals in a wide variety of colors.
Want to show that special someone how much you love them?  Nothing says romance like a rose.  Tulips in red or pink are also a great choice that signal romantic affection.   Definitely steer clear of these flowers if your intent is not romance!
Looking to just send someone a beautiful gift of flowers?  Iris’s, Lilies, Orchids, are all neutral flowers that signify beauty, peace, innocence, and purity.  They make great choices and can often be used decoratively.

Tips for Hiding Flowers

June 28th, 2010

So you’ve purchased a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your loved one from a local florist or online florist.  The flowers have arrived, but your loved one is still at work or away.  Or maybe they are at home, but that special occasion is still a day or two away.  How do you hide those flowers so that not only do they still look fresh and appealing, but so that no one will find them?

Obviously, you will need to take two things into consideration.  First, you don’t want to put the flowers in a place that someone will stumble upon them and discover them.  You’ll also need to accommodate the size of the bouquet.  Second, you don’t want the flowers dying or looking wilted because you stuck them in the wrong location.  While fresh flowers are always a welcome sight, nobody likes to receive dead or wilted flowers.

The best place to hide things including flowers then are places where no one goes regularly.  That would usually eliminate places such as the primary bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.  Try to find a place that is rarely used, such as a guest bedroom or closet.  It’s key to find a location for your fresh flowers that is cool (around room temperature or slightly below), out of the sun and relatively dry.  Make sure that nothing is lying on top of or crushing the petals.  Feel free to be creative if you need to remove the flowers from the water or vase.  Flowers can generally keep for several hours without being in water.

If you’re planning on keeping them hidden for more than a day, add some homemade plant food to prolong life.  Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon per pint of water and mix.   Be sure to check the water level after a few days if necessary.

Hiding flowers for extended periods of time is generally not a good idea.  If you really want to surprise someone without having to remember the exact day you need to go to the local florist to pickup some flowers, try ordering your flowers online ahead of time and getting them delivered on the date you need them.  That way the flowers are guaranteed to be fresh when you surprise your loved one.

How to Say I’m Sorry With Flowers

June 28th, 2010

Sincere apologies often come with flowers.  Why is this?  Because flowers communicate deep subconscious messages that go far beyond words.  Buying flowers to say “I’m sorry” works because unlike words, flowers are always sincere and don’t often say the wrong thing.  Thousands of years of history and constant conditioning have led many people to accept flowers as a universal offering of peace and apology.

If you’re apologizing to a romantic partner, nothing beats red roses.  Red roses symbolize love and affection and is a way to reaffirm the strength and depth of your love and devotion to one another.  Of course buying tulips is also a good idea.  White tulips are often taken to mean peace and forgiveness between loved ones.

If you’re saying I’m sorry to a family member or close friend, pickup a flower with big cheery petals such as a daisy or chrysanthemum in a light color such as white, yellow or light red.  White signifies peace and forgiveness, while a light red tells someone of your affection and friendship with them.  Yellow flowers are often associated with friendship and happiness.  It tells someone that you are sorry and that all is forgiven between the two of you.

For more distant or professional apologies, try a carnation or even a tulip in yellow or white.  Tulips have grown in such popularity now that it is now considered acceptable to give them to colleagues and acquaintances without fear of sending an overly affectionate message.  On the other hand, you might want to avoid roses as they might send unwanted romantic signals in the workplace.

Whether your flowers come from a local florist or from an online florist, know that it is hard for someone to stay mad at you when you send them a beautiful bouquet of flowers along with a heartfelt message of apology.

Birth Month Flowers

June 27th, 2010
January Birth Month Flower – Carnation or Snowdrop

Flower Color – Black, Dark Blue, or Red

February Birth Month Flower – Violet or Primrose

Flower Color – Violet, Sky Blue, or Yellow

March Birth Month Flower – Daffodil or Jonquil

Flower Color – White or Light Blue

April Birth Month Flower – Daisy or Sweat Pea

Flower Color – Yellow, Red, and Colorless

May Birth Month Flower – Lily of the Valley or Hawthorn

Flower Color – Yellow, Red, and Green

June Birth Month Flower – Rose or Honeysuckle

Flower Color – Light Blue, White, and Cream

July Birth Month Flower – Larkspur or Water Lily

Flower Color – Green, Russet, and Red

August Birth Month Flower – Gladiolas or Poppy

Flower Color – Orange, Red, and Light Green

September Birth Month Flower – Aster or Morning Glory

Flower Color – Brown or Deep Blue

October Birth Month Flower – Calendula or Cosmos

Flower Color – White or Yellow

November Birth Month Flower – Chrysanthemum

Flower Color – Dark Blue, Red, and Yellow

December Birth Month Flower – Narcissus or Holly

Flower Color – Indigo, Green, or Sea Blue

Learn All About Gerbera/Gerber Daisies

June 27th, 2010

Gerbera is the name of a group of  flowers that are related to the cheery sunflower.  Commonly, many of these plants are referred to as Gerbera daisies, or Gerber daisies.  Gerber or Gerbera daisies like their sunflower cousins typically exhibit large, colorful blooms but in a wider variety of colors from the common yellow, red, or orange to the newer varieties of white, pink, and violet.

The Gerbera Daisy was discovered in South Africa near the town of Barberton in the late 1800′s by Scotsman Robert Jameson, hence it’s scientific name Gerbera Jamesonii.    The popularity of the flower soon spread to growers in the Netherlands and eventually Columbia, which is where the flower is primarily grown and distributed today.  The Gerbera daisy is currently considered amongst florists to be the fifth most popular flower in the world, behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip.

Gerber daisies typically derive their meaning from the common daisy, signifying purity, innocence and beauty.  Their bright, vivid colors and large blooms also add a strong element of cheerfulness and happiness, and are the official birth flower for the month of April.  Gerber daisies make great gifts for those that need some cheering up in their lives or simply to give a gift of beauty to a loved one.   Because of this, they are often seen at weddings, birthdays, and other celebratory events.  Gerber daisies are also easy to care for and grow, making them a popular choice for online flower purchasers who want to make sure that their flowers arrive fresh.

Why are Flowers the Perfect Gift?

June 25th, 2010

Let’s face it, flowers are simply the perfect gift not only for the receiver, but for the one giving.  Flowers are appropriate for all occasions.  You can never go wrong when you send flowers whether it be to say get well, I’m sorry, happy birthday, or for a wedding, anniversary, or as a birthday gift.  There is a flower to be had for all occasions!

Not only that, but flowers are appreciated and well respected as a gift by nearly everyone, irregardless of their age, race, cultural background, or socio-economic status.  Everyone loves to get flowers no matter who they are.  They are fragrant, beautiful to look at, and well understood to mean that whoever sent them obviously cares a great deal about you.  It is the symbolism and thousands of years of tradition behind flowers that makes them such an attractive and well received gift.

Flowers come in a wide selection of shapes, sizes, and colors that can suit nearly any taste.  They also range from the very affordable all the way to the ultra extravagant and luxurious.  No other gift has such a wide range of selection and pricing.   They are also widely available at your local florist, supermarket, street corner, or even online.  And better yet, when was the last time you saw someone re-gift a flower?

Flowers make such a great gift because they are easy to buy.  With hardly any thought, you can give a gift that says I was thinking of you, yet you don’t look like you spent 5 seconds picking it out.  Unlike gift cards, cash, or other gifts flowers are almost always welcome.  How many times have you received a gift card to a place that you would never go?  Or a tie that you’ve never worn?  Or how many times have you bought a cd, dvd, or piece of jewelry for your loved one that they don’t really appreciate?

Flowers are almost universally appreciated by everyone not because of what they are, but because of what they represent.  They have deep, symbolic meanings that touch the subconscious in a way that everyone who receives a gift of flowers appreciates them.

Great Wedding Anniversary Flower Ideas

June 25th, 2010

Flowers are such a beautiful, fragrant, memorable, and always appropriate gift for wedding anniversaries.  It is a gift that crosses all age and cultural lines and is sure to please.   As an added bonus, flowers are readily available in most areas and with a wide selection to fit almost any budget. These are the traditional flowers often associated with each wedding year anniversary:

  • 1st – Pansy
  • 2nd – Cosmos
  • 3rd – Fuchsia
  • 4th – Germanium
  • 5th – Daisy
  • 6th – Calla Lily
  • 7th – Jack in the pulpit
  • 8th – Clematis
  • 9th – Poppies
  • 10th – Daffodils
  • 11th – Morning glory
  • 12th – Peonies
  • 13th – Hollyhock
  • 14th – Dahlia
  • 15th – Roses
  • 20th – Day Lily
  • 25th – Iris
  • 30th – Sweet pea
  • 40th – Nasturtium
  • 50th – Violet

However, if your significant other has a favorite flower such as a rose, tulip, or daisy you should strongly consider giving those instead.  You might also want to consider sending a memorable flower which has strong significance in your relationship, such as the kind you gave on your first date or the flower you had at your wedding.

Try and match each traditional wedding anniversary flower with a strong theme.  Perhaps this year was a year where you and your spouse developed a deep emotional bond, in which case a deep red color might be appropriate if available.  Or if the two of you found spiritual enlightenment together, white flowers which signifies purity and spiritual strength might be used.

If you don’t have time to go hunting for traditional wedding anniversary flowers, deep red roses are always appreciated and traditionally signify deep passion, love, and romance.  Thousands of years of history and culture have conditioned many people to believe that roses are the penultimate symbol of love.  So just remember, if you’re shopping online for flowers or at your local florist and can’t remember the list of traditional wedding anniversary flowers, just remember that deep red roses are always appropriate.

Flowers always make a quick and easy gift for a wedding anniversary, yet at the same time they show thoughtfulness and are sure to be cherished and appreciated.

Flower Care Tips

June 25th, 2010

Depending on the flowers used in the arrangement, you can generally expect them to last anywhere from half to a full week with proper care.  By following these simple and easy to care for tips you can significantly prolong the life of your flowers.

  • Keep your flowers in a cool, temperate spot away from the sun, heaters, and electronics which may radiate heat and/or dehydrate the flowers.
  • Keep your flowers away from any air conditioning vents or fans, which may dry out the petals.
  • Use flower food, which can extend the life of your flowers by up to 50%.  You can pick this up at any local florist or at an online florist.  Some flower food can be quite expensive and can typically include additives to maintain ph and bacteria levels.  Most flower food will also need to be diluted in water.  Make sure to follow the instructions on the packet carefully, as too much or too little may not prolong the life of your flowers.
  • Make your own homemade flower food solution by adding 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon or vinegar to a pint of water.
  • Change the water and recut the stems by 1-2″ every few days.

Your flowers are a cherished gift from a loved one or friend.  Taking these easy steps to care for your flowers shows that you appreciate them and allows you to enjoy them fully for the longest time.

All You Need to Know About Carnation Flowers

June 25th, 2010

The carnation flower, scientifically known as Dianthus Caryophyllus, the “heavenly flower,”  is one of the world’s oldest flowers with a history stretching back nearly 2,000 years.  Widely recognized and respected around the world, carnation flowers are native to the Mediterranean region and are available all year round.  While a ruffly appearance is common to the carnation flower, they are also widely available in nearly every imaginable color from the original bright pink and peach to red, yellow, green, white, and purple.

Carnations are the official flower of Mother’s day and in some cultures around the world are even more respected than the venerable rose.  They are also often seen on St. Patrick’s day, Teacher’s day, and is the official state flower of Ohio and the country of Spain.  In addition, carnations are the birth flower for  those born in the month of January.  Because of their wide availability, sweet fragrance, modest price, cheerful and colorful appearance carnations continue to remain a highly popular flower.

Carnations meanings’ typically vary according to color:

RED – love and affection

WHITE – purity and good luck

PURPLE – capriciousness

PINK – gratitude and happiness

YELLOW – rejection or disdain

GREEN – homosexuality (also worn on St. Patrick’s day)

First Date Flower Suggestions

June 25th, 2010

Many men (and women) might think that giving flowers on the first date may seem a bit too forward or ostentatious.  Let me assure you that it’s not… so long as you “keep things simple!”  You don’t need to go all out with a large, fanciful bouquet which screams desperate.  A single flower or small arrangement tells your date that you’re a thoughtful and generous individual.  So what kind of flower then is a good choice for a first date?

Red roses are the traditional symbol for romance and love.  This would make an excellent choice for a first date with that special someone.  For those bold individuals who wish to make a strong impression, purple or lavender roses signify deep adoration and love at first sight.

For those on a blind date, or who are unsure of their feelings chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, and sunflowers are all safe, conservative choices which signify joy, happiness, and optimism.  It’s a good way of saying I’m happy to have the chance to get to know you.

If you’re on a budget, carnations are always a good bet.  Known as the “flower of love,” their ruffly, perky appearance convey cheerfulness and happiness.  It lets your date know that you are a fun and caring individual.

Lastly, for those looking to impress, tulips are well known for conveying perfection, love, elegance, and wealth.  Tulips can be a lavish expense that demonstrates that you are a sophisticated and generous individual, and make a great gift flower for the date that likes to be pampered.

Giving flowers on the first date can be an unexpected surprise and a way to not only impress but to start the evening on a good foot.  Not only are first impressions are critical, but giving a flower gift can also be a great conversation starter for those of you who are shy or unsure of what to say.