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Flowers: Why They Are The Perfect Gift For Your Loved Ones

By Oluwatomiwa Ogunniyi
24 July 2022   |   7:53 am
Although it can’t be determined the exact period when someone first gave someone else a flower, we know that humans have been giving flowers to one another since ancient times and the art of giving flowers is a thing that has been encouraged in every culture. Any occasion is appropriate for giving flowers because they…

Although it can’t be determined the exact period when someone first gave someone else a flower, we know that humans have been giving flowers to one another since ancient times and the art of giving flowers is a thing that has been encouraged in every culture. Any occasion is appropriate for giving flowers because they provide the perfect way to make someone happy.

Flowers are presented to loved ones to express human emotions. The way flower bouquets are arranged, the colour and the type of bloom it gives all work together to convey messages and these messages can differ from flower to flower. 

So why do we give flowers as gifts? Here are a few reasons as well as some types of flowers to gift your loved ones today:

To Communicate Emotions

The main reason we give flowers as gifts is to connect with an emotion. Whether it’s love, joy, affection, appreciation, sympathy, romance or apologies; flower giving helps to communicate the deepest feelings in such an elegant manner. It’s been said that no tradition is as effective in communicating human emotions as gifting flowers or bouquets. Because flowers are generally used to communicate certain emotions, they’re very encouraging of intimate connections.

Depending on the type of bloom, its colour and how it has been arranged; it will dictate the emotions divulged between the giver and receiver. Flowers are symbols of love and care and they can be amplified to fit any occasion.

For Visual Appeal

The visual effect of blooms impacts long after the gift is given. They can be used as part of interior decoration because they provide a gorgeous attraction to any space. Even if the blooms have died, drying flowers can also provide aesthetically pleasing results. And adding flowers to your work or home space can boost productivity, clear the mind and promote a healthier and happier environment. They can be used to add colour to interior or exterior decorating which can visually inspire creative minds.

Convenience

Gifting flowers is synonymous with convenience, they’re also an easy gift to send if you don’t know what to purchase. Flowers are the best type of gift especially if you’re not familiar with a person’s likes. Tip; conduct a little research prior in order to avoid sending a bloom that may convey the wrong message.

Pleasant Smell

Flowers make a great choice for gifting not only because of their symbolic meanings but because they also smell so good.

Immediate Happiness

The instant happiness you feel when you give or receive flowers is one of the best things about it. Gifting flowers and happiness go hand-in-hand for special occasions because when there is happiness, there is positivity too!

Some Types of Flowers

Roses: Roses are perfect for any occasion as they are usually seen in bouquets. They are also most popular on Valentine’s Day because the rose is the epitome of emotion! Roses have been regarded as the ultimate choice of gift that suits all the requirements of any type of event. However, since each colour of a rose has a different meaning, it’s important to do your research before giving one as a gift.

Colours of roses include; yellow roses symbolise friendship and gratitude, red roses – passion and love, white roses – spirituality and new beginnings, pink roses – admiration and innocence, orange roses – desire and fascination, green roses – spiritual rejuvenation and fertility, black roses – death and rebirth. 

Tips: Store in a clean vase and place in a cool place, unwrap and re-cut the stems as soon as you can, feed them flower food or sugar and change the water regularly.

Chrysanthemums: Chrysanthemum flowers are the second most popular flowers in the world, next to roses and they send messages of positivity. These flowers symbolise joy, happiness, trust, and hope for the future.

Colours of chrysanthemum: White, yellow, orange, lavender, purple, red as well as bicolour flowers. In native East Asia, the flowers are usually symbols of joy; Japan even has a National Chrysanthemum Day which means the Festival of Happiness. 

Tips: Top up the vase with fresh tap water and flower food as required.

Peonies: Peony blossoms are symbolic of a variety of things all across the world and they have been associated with several myths and superstitions like; fairies would come and place a curse on you if you pulled up a peony, Victorians believed. Some people even believe that allowing peony leaves to dry up and the blossoms to fade will bring bad luck. Peonies are also associated with compassion, happiness, prosperity, and success.

Colours of peonies: Pink peony signifies romance and good luck, white peony signifies romance, red signifies romance and royalty, and yellow peony signifies new beginnings and fresh starts. 

Tips: Cut them in a clean vase with room temperature water, remove any foliage that falls below the waterline, add water regularly, clean and refill the vase and re-cut the stems every few days to maximise vase life.

Freesia: These flowers are known for their pleasant and citrus-like fragrance. They symbolise friendship and joy. Colours of freesia: red freesia signifies passion and love, white freesia signifies innocence and trust, pink blossoms stand for motherly love and femininity, yellow freesia signifies joy and renewal, purple freesia signifies royalty and strength, multi-coloured freesia signifies friendship.

Tips: Store in a clean vase and place in a cool place, feed them flower food and change the water regularly.

Alstroemeria: The Peruvian lily or alstroemeria symbolises strength and devotion and is one of the best gifts to give and receive. Due to their upright blossoms and bright colours, these dazzling lilies have a positive vibe. They also last a long time in cut flower arrangements.

Colours of Alstroemeria: White symbolises love and purity, yellow symbolises happiness and energy, pink symbolises playfulness and romance, and red symbolises passion. Tips: Fill a vase with water at room temperature also never forget to check the water frequently, add flower food to extend bloom life.

Both men and women will appreciate receiving the gift of flowers and they will be reminded of you every time they look at it. Be kind and thoughtful so the next time you pass a flower store, don’t hesitate to buy some for your loved ones.

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