Flowers and their symbolisms—no one really taught us these things, although today, you can easily Google their meaning. Still, it’s one thing to just read about it, and another to really apply it in real life.
What seems universal though is that roses are always attributed to love and romance. So, it goes without saying that roses are not exactly the kind of flowers you give to someone you’re not romantically linked. Although, non-red roses can be pretty flexible and they mean different things. For instance, a pink rose is apt to give to someone you are still courting. Yellow roses may entail jealousy so they are not exactly what you hand in to someone you’re in a relationship with. And blue roses are more decorative in function.
Anyway, there are different kinds of flowers around to choose from. Never limit yourself to roses alone.
Did you know that you can propose to a woman and send her a 1000 daisies as you pursue her to say yes? (You must have seen that famous scene in Gilmore Girls where Max pursued Lorelai and he sent yellow daisies to the inn where she works. Or maybe you haven’t but at least now you know your options). Yellow daisies invite positivity and it only promises to elicit an affirmative response from the lucky taker.
Kan, a professional florist from Singapore who mostly do table flower arrangement these days, shared that creativity and a sense of history will take you a long way if you take the art of flower styling at heart, “I used to just limit myself to the usual flowers most people know. But I’ve come to terms with that fright and tried to be more adventurous. Now, I can turn a variety of carnations into beautiful birthday flowers with just a matter of layering and decorating the mix with some glittery delights. I’m also beginning to master Ikebana, and I’m just learning to be more and more Zen and minimalistic.”
Flowers are great newborn baby gift too, as Sarah from Singapore could attest, “Being a groovy aunt to many, I often make it a point to gift my siblings and friends who just gave birth a pensive present. Gerbera daisies are my staples in this kind of occasion as they don’t have unpleasant odours, and they are kid friendly. I do the arrangement myself and throw in a cute bear toy and one colourful balloon to make the baby gift ensemble complete.”
What about for your sick grandparent? What could be the best flower to give? “A strand of tulip or a pink orchid in a lovely pot will do,” shared Kan further. “Not everything needs to be a dozen or in bouquets. There is something sincere and simple about giving just a tall strand of any flowers.”
Sophisticated but still familiar flowers like peonies, on the other hand, are the best flowers for Mother’s day. “Giving an important person in your life some fresh peonies translates to saying that you see them as respectful but lovely beings. Peonies are not the first thing that comes to mind—simply because they are not typical and regular, just like the person who is about to receive your flower gift.”
Is it okay anyway to give flowers to men? Say, a father or a grandfather, a boyfriend, or a brother, or simply a regular guy friend? Definitely! Just stay out of the color pink as this is frowned upon by most of Adam’s clan as they are not as masculine as one would hope. Some cultures in fact have a tradition of gifting roses to men. Anything with rich tones and dark blooms are appropriate.
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