When To Give Flowers Rather Than Plants
Giving someone flowers or plants is a gesture that is generally appreciated for a variety of occasions. Not only does this act show the recipients that you're thinking of them, but the gift is also sure to add some color to their home and cheer to their life. So the only question is: Which one is a better option to give? Of course, flowers have a natural beauty that makes them an ideal choice for certain instances, but there are times when a plant is more appropriate.
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If you're stumped over which would make a more fitting present, here are some tips to consider for various circumstances:
There are certain holidays that call for flowers. For example, a bouquet of beautiful blossoms is sure to be far more well-received on Valentine's Day
than a plant. Additionally, it's customary to offer blooms on anniversaries
, Mother's Day
or at a child's graduation
. Other holidays, however, are slightly more ambiguous. On St, Patrick's Day
, for instance, you can't go wrong with a bouquet of green flowers
, but a plant is just as appropriate. If you're unsure about what the holiday calls for, take into account the overall vibe and meaning behind the celebration. If romance or familial appreciation are involved, flowers are generally best
You have a lot of flexibility when it comes to congratulating someone on a new job or child. If it's an immediate family member that you're honoring, flowers have an inherent warmth and somewhat more personal touch. However, for a more distant relative or friendly acquaintance, a lush green plant can represent growth and a new beginning, making it perfect for these occasions.
The most important factor to consider in this situation is the relationship you have with the recipient. A plant might be better for thanking someone in a professional context. However, flowers can still work for thanking a co-worker or boss - as long as you're careful not to accidentally convey a romantic message. These scenarios call for cheerful daisies or sunflowers over roses. On the other hand, if you're demonstrating your appreciation for a sweetheart, consider an exotic orchid, a unique flower that shows how much you value the recipient.
While you might think that the modesty of a plant is better for saying "I'm sorry," flowers are the more conventional route for these scenarios. Still, you should be careful about which blossoms you choose. An elegant hydrangea plant is a good choice for an apology to a friend or family member, while you might opt for long-stemmed lavender or red roses to recognize your mistake and also express your undying devotion to a significant other.
This article is brought to you by Michelle Farrell and
published by Teleflora.
Ideal gardening conditions include moderate temperatures and ample rainfall. However, not every area boasts this kind of climate. So if you live in the western United States, how are you to deal with the lack of moisture and intense heat that can be detrimental to many plants? Fortunately, flower enthusiasts need not abandon their passion for perennials just because they happen to live in a particular climate. There are a variety of flowers that are more tolerant to heat and less dependent on water, making them resilient enough to bloom regardless of the conditions.
If you live in a dry, western area, consider any of these blossoms, which not only survive in these climates but thrive in them:
Also known as yarrow, this cheerful perennial wildflower produces 3- to 5-inch golden blossoms that work just as well in dried arrangements as they do in fresh bouquets. While previously, these flowers were only yellow, new cultivars have introduced a variety of colors, from pink, coral and red to cream. These bloom from June through August and are extremely tolerant to droughts, making them a great option for desert-like conditions.
Another perennial wildflower, these reddish orange blossoms are impossibly stunning. They'll start to bloom in June but will continue to flourish well into August. According to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lawn & Garden Extension, they can grow to between 2 and 3 feet tall. The best part about them is that they tend to attract beautiful butterflies.
These plants are quite a sight to behold. In fact, with full sun exposure, they can reach a height of up to 6 feet tall with enormous petals. Whether violet or white, spider plants act as the perfect accent to frame smaller foliage and can act as fetching floral screens.
Not only does this blossom, also known as the common cosmos, handle heat and dry weather well, but it can also grow in poor soil. With a fern-like texture, these flowers bloom rapidly after the seed is sown, and can appear in a variety of colors including white, gold, orange, pink and crimson. Cosmos' life span extends far into the fall until the frost emerges.
Though not a traditional rose, this plant produces rose-like flowers in an array of hues from yellow and white to purple and red. Seeing as this flower is native to Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay, it's guaranteed that it will tolerate dry soil and heat. All these plants need to bloom are a place in the soil with decent sun exposure. Interestingly, the blooms close up at night and reopen during the day.
Do you have a sandy spot in the soil where no other plants seem to grow? These ivory flowers will blossom in precisely that kind of location in the early summer months, and they're astonishingly easy to care for.
Petunias don't just manage drought conditions, they thrive on them. Both grandiflora petunias, which produce bigger blooms, and the smaller multiflora types can grow in this type of weather, though multiflora petunias are able to handle rain better. These plants also come in a wide range of colors, including a few with double flowers and others with stripes. Some even have petals with an unusual ruffled texture as opposed to the traditional smooth ones.
As humid conditions pose the possibility of mildew on these flowers, they actually flourish best in dry weather. There are a multitude of sizes and colors of these flowers to choose from as well. Of all the types, however, Garden Guides emphasized that the creeping zinnia is the hardiest, with minimal health or pest vulnerabilities.
What Do White Roses Represent?
When it comes to roses, there is a rainbow of available colors, each of which possesses a very particular meaning. While certainly a vibrant red or yellow rose can be stunning, white roses have a special significance. These blossoms are no doubt the ultimate floral symbol of innocence, and they carry with them a certain serenity and peace that is bound to be felt by anyone who beholds them. The subtle beauty of a white rose is what makes it so versatile and perfect for a variety of occasions, too. There is more to these blossoms than meets the eye, though - they are just as complex as they are enchanting.
Have you ever wondered about what the white rose represents? Here are some interesting facts about these elegant blooms:
For centuries, white roses have held a strong importance in many cultures. According to Flower Experts, the white rose was associated with the Goddess of Love and Beauty in Roman times. The myth said that all roses were white until Aphrodite pricked herself with the thorns and turned them all red. Later, in the Victorian era, suitors sent bouquets of white roses to those they intended on pursuing to signify the beginning of a courtship.
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Today, you're likely to see brides carrying white roses down the aisle. This began at Queen Victoria's wedding in 1840, at which white roses were plentiful. This launched a tradition that was passed down through the years.
Did you know that white roses have held great significance in history, especially in regard to politics and religion? According to The Fountain, these blossoms have held a particular importance in Christianity. The Virgin Mary is often linked with the white rose - in fact, she has been referred to as the Mystical Rose of Heaven. This is not surprising, as the color white typically symbolizes purity, joy, light and glory in the Christian religion - traits that are all considered among Mary's virtues.
These flowers have also been associated with loyalty, trust and secrecy due to their role in certain historical events. For example, the white rose was the official symbol of House of York supporters in the War of the Roses, which took place in England during King Henry VII's reign during the 15th century.
According to the Rye Castle Museum, white roses were also abundant in medieval gardens, especially due to their association with the Virgin Mary. Many gardens featured a combination of white and red roses, which made for stunning, fragrant displays. Additionally, the link to secrecy is relevant during this era as well, as speaking amid white roses was supposed to indicate a confidential conversation.
Long before red roses became the most recognized symbol of true love, white roses held that significance. Now, though, they are used to express a multitude of different messages and emotions.
The white rose is one of the most traditional wedding flowers - and it makes sense. The fact that these blossoms represent purity makes them a fitting flower for celebrating a new romantic and marital bond. Additionally, white roses have been associated with young love, which also makes them perfect for a bridal bouquet. Considering the fact that white roses often convey a feeling of hope, they can symbolize other new beginnings besides marriage as well.
It's also worth noting that honor, admiration and adoration are all linked to white roses, which is why they are frequently seen at a memorial for the departed. White funerary and sympathy arrangements will often include these blossoms as a visual indication of respect, remembrance and spiritual love.
This article is brought to you by Michelle Farrell and
published by Teleflora.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, which means sweethearts everywhere are clamoring to figure out the best way to express their love and appreciation for their significant other. Giving a bouquet of beautiful blossoms is one of the most traditionally embraced and appropriate options for lovers in any kind of relationship. The flowers you choose and the way you choose to give them to your wife can say a lot about how you feel, though, so it's important to give this a lot of consideration. You may be wondering - how do I know which blooms to buy, and how can I surprise her with them?
Simply follow this guide and you're sure to make this Valentine's Day one she'll never forget:
Investigate her tastes
First you need to figure out what her favorite flowers are. Does she have flower stationary or a floral perfume? Look for any hints you can think of so that you don't have to outright ask her and ruin the surprise. Sometimes it's useful to ask one of her friends or family members, because they may have some insight into her favorite kinds of flowers. This step is crucial because it shows your wife that you're not only going through the trouble of buying her flowers, but also finding out which ones she truly loves.
Still not sure which kinds of blossoms to buy? It might be tempting to go the safe route with roses, but you may want to take a risk. Unless you know for a fact that roses are her favorite flower, it can be best to try something different. After all, you want to demonstrate that your wife is special, and choosing an unusual bouquet will express that you think she's one-of-a-kind. Exotic orchids are not only a stunning choice, but they are also long-lasting flowers, meaning your wife will get to enjoy them after Valentine's Day is over. Birds of paradise also tend to have a longer life span than other varieties and boast an eclectic, tropical beauty. On the other hand, Gerbera daisies, which come in vibrant hues, are also a good choice for a woman with a cheerful personality. Lilies are a lovely pick for an elegant woman with refined tastes.
Still, the colors of the flowers you choose are important because they each have specific associations. There's a reason that red roses are such a popular choice on Valentine's Day - they stand for romantic love. That doesn't mean you have to go for red ones, though. Purple, pink and pristine white roses are all equally as striking.
While white blossoms signify pure love, pink blossoms represent tender affection. Yellow flowers are better fitting for friendship than romance, and purple blooms symbolize passion and desire.
Tie in a memory
Why not give your wife a trip down memory lane with flowers? If you can remember buying her flowers for a meaningful occasion, such as your first Valentine's Day together, you might buy the same ones. Even if you can think back and recall what she was wearing on your first date, you might consider a bouquet in the same hue.
Plan the big reveal
Now you need to figure out how to give her the flowers - which is just as important as the bouquet you select. You could have them sent to her office, which would surely brighten up her workday. Alternatively, if you're getting ready for work before her, make sure the arrangement is on her nightstand so that the bouquet is the first thing she sees on Valentine's Day. If you have children, another cute idea is to make your kids your special messengers and hand deliver them to her with a special hand-written love note.
How to make cut flowers last longer
Nothing can brighten up a room quite like a bouquet of flowers - and nothing is more disappointing than when they begin to wilt. Of course, it's inevitable for your blossoms to eventually lose their luster, but there are ways to extend their vase life. All it takes is the right tools and tactics to keep your blooms looking and smelling fresh.
Use these tips and your arrangement is bound to bring you joy for far longer:
- Be sure to cut garden flowers early in the day, when there's the advantage of cooler temperatures and morning dew. Blossoms that are cut on a hot afternoon won't last as long because the heat is dehydrating to the petals.
- If you're cutting flowers with multiple buds, such as gladioli, Alstroemeria or snapdragons, at least one of them should be opening and showing color. On the other hand, blooms that grow on separate stems, such as chrysanthemums, dahlias, zinnias and Gerbera daisies, are best cut when fully open.
- Always clean the vase thoroughly before placing your bouquet in it to eliminate any bacteria that could kill your flowers.
- Gently graze the stems with a vegetable brush to clean them of any debris or bacteria.
- To prepare the stems properly, cut 1/2 inch off the end at a slanted 45 degree angle with sharp scissors. This will prevent you from crushing the stem and also ensure that the stems can absorb water quickly and effectively.
- Splitting the stems 1/2 inch from the bottom with a knife can also aid them in taking up water.
- When placing the stems into a vase, remember to remove all leaves that will be submerged under water, which will only rot.
- It's important to put the stems into water as quickly after cutting them as possible to prevent the ends from sealing up. Ideally, the water will be lukewarm to cool and hit halfway up the stems.
- The best temperature range to keep flowers fresh is around 45 to 55 degrees, so consider storing them in a cooler room in your house. You can even place them in the fridge overnight to help preserve them.
- Don't place flowers in direct sunlight, which can be too harsh for most blossoms. Additionally, keep them away from heating vents and fans, which can cause them wilt much faster. Many kinds of flowers are sensitive to ethylene gas, so it's best to keep them away from fruit, which releases it.
- Different flower varieties require various levels of attention, but as a general rule, you should change the water every two days.
- Varieties that have hollow stems, such as delphiniums, may dry up more quickly, so it can help to fill the stems with water and plug them with a cotton ball before placing them in water.
- Sugar can help your blooms to last longer by nourishing the stems. So consider dissolving 3 tablespoons of sugar into 2 tablespoons of white or apple cider vinegar and adding it to the vase water. Just remember to add more vinegar and sugar when you change the water every couple days. About 1/4 cup of soda like Sprite or 7-Up can also help to boost your blossoms' longevity.
- To avoid cloudy water, add a few drops of bleach to the vase water.
- Hairspray doesn't just lock your hairstyle into place, it also preserves flowers. Standing 10 to 12 inches away from your arrangement, spritz a light mist of hairspray on the undersides of the petals.
- If you drop a penny into the vase, the copper can act as an acidifier to hinder bacteria growth.
This article is brought to you by Michelle Farrell and
published by Teleflora.