This month’s blog comes from our very own Claire S:
The definition of Valentine’s, according to Oxford dictionaries, is: ‘A card sent, often anonymously, on St Valentine’s day,14th February, to a person one loves or is attracted to.’
I love Valentines week, we have so many different people coming in ordering bouquets, some have the same year on year; for some it’s their first year with the one they love; some are proposing; some are laying a single bloom on a grave of someone they have lost but still adore… There are so many reasons to say ‘I love you’, and it’s great to know that romance is still alive and kicking!
Most florists (if they’re being honest) will say that roses aren’t the nicest flowers to use… They have a tendency to wilt, come in the wrong shade and have really vicious thorn – and, to top it off, most of them don’t have any scent. Don’t get me wrong, there are some absolutely yummy ones out there. The ‘Davis Austin’ garden varieties are just beautiful but they come at a price (literally!), and, when you have scent, you tend not to have a long lasting bloom.
Why then do we choose roses? Why not pick something else? Most, if not all, flowers have a meaning. Why not be original and order something that means something to you and your loved one?
Alstromeria, for example, means devotion, wealth, prosperity and fortune. Gypsophyllia is innocence, pure of heart. Cally lily is ‘magnificent beauty.’ Tulips are my firm favourite though… love & passion, declaration of love, beautiful eyes… And the yellow tulip means… wait for it…’There’s sunshine in your smile.’ How wonderful is that!
So, this year, why not be different? Choose something that is unique, a bouquet of beautiful blooms that each have different meanings and that, altogether, tell that special person how much they mean to you.
This isn’t just for the chaps to organise either. Come on girls, it’s time to get some floral equality too. Send your handsome fella a bouquet at work on Valentines day, I can guarantee he’ll love you all the more for it!