THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
Tagging someone in a post about the best coffee places in town is a cute way of flirting. And recording a voice note singing "AAYYAAAAMMMM SOOORREEEEEE" is a great way to say, well, I'm sorry. Of all the bad things that the internet brings (do NOT google Trypophobia, just don't do it!), being able to send an instant message to let someone know you're thinking of them is surely one of its saving graces.
There is one thing that beats sending a Snap or meme or GIF though, and that's flowers. No, not 🌸 , 🌼, or 🌺 . YES, we mean real, fresh, flowery flowers! Even girls (and guys) who claim that sending flowers is a complete waste of time and money will have their granite hearts melt into a cloud of floral fragrance once they've received a bouquet of flowers. And did you also know that certain flowers carry their own symbols and significance?
For instance, carnations are the popular choice on Mother's Day, but! Beware sending them in yellow as they are meant to romantically reject someone. Unless of course, your intention is to actually reject someone. If that's the case then....
...avoid pink carnations as they are the perfect flowers to tell someone you'll never forget them. And if your heart longs for that special someone, send them red carnations.
Roses too have a whole spectrum of meanings to match their colours. They generally stand for love, hence why you can never go wrong with a rose. The question though, is: what kind of love?
For an easy way to remember roses and their significance, here's a little ditty* from the early 1920's English Horticulture Society Almanac:
Go with yellow to keep a friendly fellow,
Or go with orange if your desire's full range!
Nothing says "Thanks you're awesome!" like a peach blossom
Lavender says "I just met her, and already I love her"
Now, remember roses white for your sweet new wife
And for you my love, a pink thing for the joy you bring
Moving on to white lilies. They are a familiar sight at funerals, but these fragrant blossoms also hold a less sombre meaning as the official flowers to mark a 30th anniversary.
Pretty cool fact to surprise your girlfriend with on her 30th birthday, hey?
Now here's a pretty flower that's guranteed to be a stunner: the delicate, bountiful, floral symbol of China - the peony. This sweet little floral delight is a symbol of prosperity and richness so if you want to impress someone on a first date, just forget everything else and go for a bouquet of peonies.
Tiger orchid: Peony! Stop stealing the show!
Peony: Shut up and just compliment me
Ah, we've come to a flower whose family tree (punny, we know) has spread far and wide across the world, making it probably one of the most familiar flowers because everyone knows at least one of its cousins. While orchids can be found almost anywhere, they are anything but boring. Don't believe us? Then take it from this charming young Oxford graduate who spent his gap year hunting down all 52 species in England in one summer. Orchids make the most versatile of gifts and also, they are the official flowers to celebrate a 14th wedding anniversary. If you're looking for an unconventional bouquet to literally wow someone, try going for the elegant and beautiful white phalaenopsis.
Told you these will make anyone go "WOW!"
Don't be shy to ask us for suggestions of flowers to send to someone. Better yet, just pick whatever you like best and send it! You can never go wrong with a bouquet a a gift, and now with our online order form, you can send fresh flowers to anyone on the island. Be it a surprise for a honeymooning couple or a gift for someone you know, just give us the details and we'll take care of the rest.
Credits to The Farmer's Almanac and Teleflora for information on flowers and their meanings.
*We lied. We made that ditty up during lunch and wrote it on the back of a serviette.