Do you like receiving flowers from your partner? I have to admit, that until the last few years, I didn’t really get the ‘husband buying me flowers’ thing. I’m not really sure why but I just didn’t. I think it was only when we moved into our house and my sense and love of decor really came into its own, that I started to ‘get’ it. I now LOVE having a fresh bouquet of flowers in our entrance area and if my husband has brought them home for me (nudge nudge wink wink husband!) than that is just blooming marvellous! Pardon the pun 😉
While I have a relatively good sense of how to decorate inside the house, I must admit I’m pretty clueless when it comes to the garden and all things related. I know what flowers look pretty but that’s about as far as my knowledge extends. So, with it being Spring now and so many beautiful flowers blossoming, I thought this would be a good time to find out a little bit more about just a few of the many varieties out there. At the same time, perhaps this will help any spouses out there who need a bit of a nudge and a wink (mine included!) to surprise your loved one with a beautiful bouquet of flowers!
1. Red Roses
Roses were first discovered as early as 35 million-years ago. Roman newlyweds were often crowned with roses and even Cleopatra was fond of this iconic flower having had her living quarters filled with rose petals in the hopes of impressing Marc Antony. A single red rose is the classic mark of love and passion while a dozen red roses is said to symbolise love and affection and fifty red roses express unconditional love.
Orchids carry a sense of exotic wonder; they were highly regarded by the Anicent Greeks and are still extremely prevalent today. These majestic flowers are associated with delicate beauty, luxury and elegance. Give pink orchids to your wife as a token of her femininity and grace. Purple orchids are the perfect flowers for devoted husbands as they represent dignity and admiration while red orchids speak of worldly strength, passion and desire.
3. Arum Lilies
Often referred to as “Calla lilies” or “Trumpet lilies,” the Arum Lily is a member of the Araceae family. These lilies grow in abundance in South Africa and are popular flowers of choice for wedding ceremonies. They imply splendour, truth and finesse, making Arum lilies fitting gifts for men and women alike.
Aster flowers boast a lush texture and wild loveliness. They were used by Cherokee tribes as well as the Ancient Greeks to ward off evil. Today, these enchanted “forest flowers” are considered to be talismans of love; they also represent patience and daintiness. Aster flowers come in an array of colours including white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue with purple being the most popular.
Although a sunflower is not always regarded as the signature flower of romance, these gracious plants speak of loyalty, longevity and happiness – a great emblem for any loving marriage. Sunflowers are commonly used for 3rd anniversary bouquets but they’re sure to brighten your spouse’s day any time of the year.
Well, I don’t know about you but I certainly feel just a smidgeon more knowledgable. At the end of the day, I must be honest, as long as they look pretty, any kind of flowers are good enough for me! 🙂
Does your husband buy you flowers? Do you buy your wife flowers? What are your favourite flowers? Let me know by commenting below. I really would love to hear from you.