February 09, 2019
In the days before courting consisted of hanging out and getting drinks, courting was a formal and dignified endeavour. Symbols were used to express feelings and thoughts deemed too special for mere words. During the Victorian Era, a whole romantic language developed around the giving and receiving of flowers. Everything from the type and size of the flower to the way it was held or presented conveyed layers of meaning and communicated a gentleman’s feelings and intentions. Each bouquet contained a secret message for a lady to eagerly interpret and endlessly dissect.
These days giving flowers has become a somewhat ho-hum cliché. Resurrecting this tradition will infuse the gesture with new life and romance and bring back some of the subtly, mystery, and fun of courtship. Your lady will swoon that you put far more thought into your selection of flowers than grabbing a bouquet from your local supermarket. You’ll come off as a real gentleman and a hopeless romantic. It can become an amazing tradition you’ll both enjoy.
Of course, even women nowadays have forgotten the meanings of flowers. So buy your lady a flower dictionary. And keep a copy for yourself (it’s important that you both use the same reference, as the meanings were never set in stone and can sometimes vary from book to book). Then, each time you present her with a bouquet, she can search the volume to find what secret messages you have embedded in the flowers.
There are even bouquets that convey rejection or unrequited love, but having your soon-to-be former flame eagerly search through a book only to find out she’s been dumped is just plain cruel. Here’s a partial list of flowers’ meanings to help you get started. Follow them, and you’ll be reviving throngs of women with smelling salts as they swoon for you.
Daisy: Loyal love
Orchid: Love and beauty
Lily: Purity and sweetness
Red rose: Romantic love
Pink rose: Secret love
Yellow rose: Friendship
White rose: Innocent love
Rose, Yellow & Orange: Passionate thoughts
Baby’s Breath: Happiness
Lilac, Mauve: “Do You Still Love Me”
Honeysuckle: The Bond of Love
Ambrosia: Your Love is reciprocated
Camellia, red: You’re a flame in my heart
Camellia, white: You’re adorable
Forget-me-not - Faithful Love, Memories
Hibiscus: Delicate Beauty
Hyacinth, purple: I am sorry, Please forgive me, Sorrow
Oleander: Beauty and Grace
Periwinkle, White: Pleasures of Memory
Once you are versed in the language of flowers, you’ll be able to create bouquets that will add meaning and significance to any occasion. Search on Google for florist cape town southern suburbs if you are wanting your favourite Cape Town florist to deliver for you. Here are some times when you’ll definitely want to warm your true love’s heart with flowers: Her Birthday. It’s her day. Make it extra special by buying her a bouquet of flowers. It doesn’t have to be to elaborate.
Women associate flowers with weddings. You can’t go wrong with buying your wife a bouquet of the same type of flowers you had at your wedding. The very sight of them will create a wave of warm and fuzzy memories. And the fact that you remembered the right flower will send her heart aflutter and score you major romance points.
My wife and I have this shtick. Every year she tells me she doesn’t want anything for Valentine’s Day. And like a sucker, every year I don’t get her anything. Come Valentine’s Day, I have an unhappy wife on my hands. I’ve finally learned my lesson. When women say they don’t want anything for Valentine’s Day, it’s actually a secret code. Buy her flowers. You’ll be glad you did.
New Baby or Mother’s Day
Your wife just went through 9 months of pain and discomfort to bring forth your progeny. The least you can do is buy her some flowers. Plus, flowers are completely appropriate for a new birth. Flowers represent new life and you’ll be cradling new life in your arms. Later on, show your wife your appreciation for all the work she puts into mothering by buying flowers each Mother’s Day. (Note: Flowers aren’t sufficient by themselves for Mom’s Day. Mothering is hard work. She deserves something extra too).
If the woman in your life is sick, nothing will brighten her days and cheer her heart like flowers from the man she loves. Saying I’m Sorry. You screwed up and now you’re in the dog house. If you want to stop sleeping on the couch, bring flowers along with an apology. The extra effort may show the lady in your life that you’re really sorry. But make that apology sincere. A bunch of flowers with only a weak or non-existent apology will backfire; your woman doesn’t want to be bought off with cheap gestures. Note: Don’t bother with flowers if you’ve been caught cheating. There aren’t enough flowers in the world to cover the stench of a douche bag.
A special date
Whether you are still dating or have been married for years, making time for special dates is essential to keeping your love burning brightly. When planning those romantic outings, put buying flowers on your list of preparations. There’s no better way to set the mood for a special night out then to show up at the door with a beautiful bouquet. She’ll melt.
Who says you need a reason to buy the woman in your life flowers? Surprise her! Make it habit to stop by the florist on the way home every now and then to pick up some flowers for your lady. Trust me. The investment will definitely pay off.
Flowers are a way to let someone know you care, so it is no wonder that sending flowers is such a popular way to celebrate and honour events and gifting occasions in Cape Town and around the world. From the birth of a new baby to Valentine’s Day, the passing of a loved one; flowers are consistently and loving present throughout our lives adding colour, texture and beauty to our weddings and family gathering. In fact, flowers are also the top choice for letting someone know you’re sorry. However, not all flower bouquets are as nice as the rest. Before you send someone flowers, you may want to do a bit of research.
Before you do anything else, take some time to think about the type of flowers that this person enjoys. While most people love red roses, there are a few who prefer colourful wildflower bouquets or exuberant sunflowers instead.
Next, take a look at the different arrangements available. Some come in beautiful vases or include collectables as part of the arrangement. Others come in simple vases that let the flowers shine.
After you choose the flowers you want, it is time to send them to that special someone, right? Well, while you may be ordering from a reputable florist, that florist may not be the person actually choosing, arranging, and delivering the flowers. Instead, when flowers are being delivered to someone some distance away, the florist passes the task of filling the order onto a local florist. Ask who will be doing the actual delivery and find out if that florist has a good reputation.
Once you send the flowers to the recipient, don’t be afraid to follow up. Many times, a disappointing bouquet is delivered, but the person who received it may be afraid to offend the giver, so doesn’t say anything. If you mention that you want to be sure the arrangement looks fresh and that it contains the proper number of flowers, the recipient will probably be much more forthcoming about the condition of the bouquet. If it sounds like there is a problem, follow up with the florist where you placed your order and the florist who filled it. After all, the person getting your bouquet should get what you paid for.
Finally, you may want to consider sending a very different type of flower, a living plant. This way, your gift will continue to remind that special someone of the event the flowers were sent to commemorate long after a fresh bouquet would be a distant memory. If you are sending flowers to someone that doesn’t have “green fingers” you may want to order a Fabulous Gift Box instead.
Florist Michael George explains to Martha Stewart the difference between different types of red roses. Michael also shows Martha how to make three distinct but complimentary rose bouquets.