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Quick Flower Guide

Monday, 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.

How to Say I’m Sorry With Flowers

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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

Great Wedding Anniversary Flower Ideas

Friday, 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.

First Date Flower Suggestions

Friday, 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.

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